Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: East Amherst, NY
Drives: 2008 Infiniti G35xS, 2008 Toyota Highlander Limited
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2011 Sportage Test Drives
I'm interested in opinions from forum member test drives. Personally, I'm now officially waiting for the SX with the 2.0T after a test drive of a loaded EX a week ago. The standard 2.4L is pretty under powered and it's obvious the chassis can handle a lot more hp. The 2.4L GDI (Sonata engine) at the 198-200 hp rating would have actually been the best engine choice (and I believe with minor additional cost - as the new Sportage isn't exactly cheap).
I forgot to grab my tire gauge for a check of the tire pressures (most dealers are notorious for leaving the tires overinflated from the carrier). The ride was semi-harsh but may have been the psi. Body roll was nil, however and handling crisp, although the steering ratio is a little too relaxed IMO.
I get free reign on testers/loaners from my Hyundai/Kia dealer, so all the test are "sans Sales rep" and with simple "just don't total it" instructions. This allows real testing on highway off ramps, etc. My son and I both liked the interior materials, fit 'n' finish, etc...All top notch and miles ahead of Toyota and Honda products. The view out is a little constrained by the thick A-pillars and the slope of the the roof in the rear but the interior space is good and usable.
Not sure - other than styling - that it's a real great value at over $30K list for this loaded up sample. Ironically, we are comparing it one-on-one with a VW Tiguan and although you give up a lot of features in a 'similar' MSRP VW, it not as different as you'd think. Plus in the VW, you get one of the world's great engines, the 2.0T used in everything from the VW GTI to the Audi A4.
A full test of the SX with the 2.0T will determine the final review, however. Overall, the Sportage is definitely a solid ride with a lot of style in what is otherwise a boring segment.