The Sportage’s makeover is especially evident at the front, where a double-notched grille and large light pods provide a sportier, more expensive look. The body is slightly longer than before, which translates into a few extra inches of rear seat room. Cargo space has grown from a below-average 54.6 to a more typical 60 cubic feet.
As before, the front-drive Sportage starts out with a 181-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The available turbocharged 2-liter provides a stout 241 horsepower for class-leading performance. Both engines can be paired with all-wheel drive for a reasonable $1,500. The revised suspension provides a smooth ride without compromising the Sportage’s traditionally nimble handling.
Carries the 2.4-liter engine along with a rearview camera, rear privacy glass, reclining rear seats, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio. The LX rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels.