2011 Kia Sportage released pricing for U.S.

2011 Kia Sportage for $18,990

Finally, Kia will release its all-new 2011 Sportage crossover in the U.S. at the end of the July. The starting price of 2011 Sportage crossover will be $18,990, which includes a $695 destination charge. There are three trim levels, Base, LX and EX for the Kia Sportage.

The 2011 Kia Sportage crossover for the U.S. comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces about 176 hp. It will also come with the options of front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox for the base model or a six-speed automatic transmission for other two trims. In addition, Kia plans to release the next year its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces about 270 hp.

With the 2.4-liter engine, the 2011 Sportage crossover has a fuel economy rating of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is pretty good compared to other crossovers or sedans.

Here are the standard features you would get in each trim:

The Base trim comes with standard equipment such as air conditioning, power windows, door locks and mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, MP3 connectivity and Bluetooth wireless.

The LX trim is about $20,990, and it comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, LED turn signal indicators, privacy glass, keyless entry with panic alarm and multi-way adjustable front seats.

The Sportage EX is about $23,990, and it comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, illuminated vanity mirrors, automatic folding rear seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.