2011 Kia Sportage gets Top Safety Pick by IIHS

2011 Sportage at starting price $18,990

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The Insurance for Highway Safety (IIHS) picked the 2011 Sportage as a Top Safety Pick, which it has earned high points in frontal, side, rear and rollover crash tests that were performed recently. This just to add another selling point as why the popular Kia Sportage as being a “best buy” for the crossover category. It already had an attractive starting price of $18,990, which including destination charge, as well as a much more attractive design than most crossovers in the market.

Here is a little refresher about the 2011 Kia Sportage that we covered last month. The 2011 Kia Sportage crossover comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces about 176 hp, and it is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox for the base model or a six-speed automatic transmission with the options of front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive system.  Also, Kia plans to release a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces about 270 hp by the following year.

As for fuel consumption, the 2.4-liter engine is rate 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is exceptional when compared to other crossovers or sedans. The 2011 Sportage is available in three trims: Base, LX, and Sportage EX.

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2011 Kia Sportage Named ‘2010 Top Safety Pick’ By Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

All-New Compact CUV Receives Highest Recognition from IIHS — Sportage receives top ratings for front, side, rollover, and rear impact protection — CUV is fourth new generation Kia vehicle to be named “Top Safety Pick”

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Joining the 2010 Forte compact sedan, 2010 Soul urban passenger vehicle and 2011 Sorento compact crossover utility vehicle (CUV), the all-new 2011 Sportage CUV has been recognized as a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the small SUV category when built after March 2010. Arriving in Kia showrooms now, Sportage received the organization’s top honor by earning “Good” ratings — the highest achievable — in frontal, side, rear and rollover impact crash safety tests. The Sedona minivan was the first Kia vehicle to receive the IIHS “Top Safety Pick,” along with the “Safest Minivan Ever Tested” distinction from IIHS, shortly after its launch in 2006, and again in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

“The Kia brand is committed to providing consumers with the highest levels of passenger safety by providing a comprehensive list of cutting-edge technologies and features for increased crash protection,” said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, Kia Motors America (KMA). “The 2011 Sportage’s sleek and modern appearance continues Kia’s design-led transformation while staying true to the company’s core philosophy of providing consumers with exciting, fun-to-drive vehicles with high levels of value, quality and safety.”

Ratings from the Institute are based on results from frontal, side and rear impact crash tests, and for 2010 a good performance in a roof strength test — to measure protection in a rollover — also was required to win. Each vehicle’s overall evaluation was based on various measurements specific to each crash angle, and overall impact on crash test dummies inside the vehicle at the time of collision. All vehicles must have electronic stability control available to be eligible.

Like all Kia vehicles, the 2011 Sportage is equipped with a long list of standard safety equipment. Both trims come outfitted with driver and passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags and front active headrests, four-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and a Brake Assist System (BAS), which recognizes an emergency stop and delivers significant braking power. Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC) also come standard on all models, the former assisting in preventing the vehicle from rolling backward when trying to pull away from an uphill gradient, while the latter locks the vehicle at a slow speed down steep grades so the driver can focus their attention on steering.

To assist drivers when the vehicle is in reverse, an available back-up warning sensor helps the driver avoid contact with certain objects in the vehicle’s path by triggering an audible warning when the vehicle approaches an obstruction, while an available rear-view back-up camera enables drivers to view certain items behind the vehicle.

The 2011 Sportage, which utilizes a completely redesigned platform, comes standard with a 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT), offering more power (176 hp) and better fuel economy (22/31) than the previous 2.7-liter V6 engine. Sportage also comes equipped with impressive standard technology features throughout, including an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system with SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capabilities with three months complimentary service(1). Also standard on both trims are auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting with MP3 players and Bluetooth®(2) wireless technology connectivity with steering wheel-mounted voice activation controls to enable hands-free operation for compatible mobile phones. Available in three trims — Base, LX and EX — pricing for the dynamic compact CUV begins at $18,295(3).