Join Date: May 2014
Location: BC, Canada
Drives: 2014 Sportage LX AWD, 2014 Forte LX+
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LX AWD here, just a month under 1 year old - very pleased with it.
Engines are same - 2.4L GDI. One gets a few extra features here in Canada when getting AWD vs plain LX. Very easy and cheap to maintain too, spent CAD$161 (after tax etc) with 3 synth oil changes, cabin and engine air filters and oil filters, Techron Conc Plus on every oil change; in 1 year. Techron makes little diff as it's a GDI engine. 89 oct (US/Can) gas does make difference due to engine compression rate. 4-5k miles oil changes would be good to do if considering keeping the vehcl for long while. Using Penn Platinum to keep engine clean. Walmart (US) has it fairly cheap.
Gas mileage improved a lot and is better than what they claim in specs, after 10K mi break in.
I get 7.5L on hwy and 11.5L in city per 100km.
The vehcl proved to be reliable. Had one small issue with one wheel audio controls switch 'loosing' 'click' feeling that was replaced under warranty; very easy to do too - had to tell them how to thou as they wanted to take wheel off...
Personally, I'd NOT advise getting new Sportage in first 1-2 years of production, just as any manuf new model at change over. Also, check the styling too, one may or may not like the new style looks.
Last edited by Ceezer; 04-10-2015 at 11:54 PM.