Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: New Jersey
Drives: 2011 Kia Sportage SX FWD
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2011 Sportage SX FWD with over 2000 miles now. This is my first review of my new car and I can be very detailed with what I think. I also drove an AWD for over 1000 miles but turned it in (due to long story)...The AWD was a little swimmy on the highway. It did not track as true as I like and required at least one hand on the wheel at all times. I am very pleased with my FWD. The turbo is very strong, but recommend leaving the the "ECO" drive off if you don't care too much about your MPG. The ECO setting seems to delay the turbo increasing the already present turbo lag. The SX really doesn't like city/traffic. On the highway, you should be able to easily get 27-29 MPG at 65-70 mph, but add traffic to that or any stop and go, and the gas drains like there is a hole in the tank.
I have the premium package with Nav. The leather is nice and the air cooled driver's seat is a very neat feature. Seats could use a little more bolster in hard cornering. The Navigation is nice, but not a Garmin or TomTom...it misses a few features that I was used to having with my Garmin. Sirius traffic is nice and I will most likely keep that after my free subscription is up.
The car does have a few blind spots that I am getting used to, but the options are all nice...I paid $29,750 for mine and that was with about $1000 in neg equity on my trade. I'm hoping that the "tuners" start developing some mods quick...I think there is probably a ton that you could do with this car. I want to put a free flow exhaust and cold air intake on ASAP as well as an upper brace and hopefully lower track bar. There is a lot of torque steer, but that's to be expected from a 256hp FWD vehicle. It has a little body roll and just a tad bit of oversteer. Off the top of my head, this is all that I can think of saying, but can answer any specific questions you may have....