The six models of the 2015 Kia Sportage sport utility vehicles come with six-speed shiftable automatic transmissions and two engine choices -- both four-cylinder, but one a turbo. The SUV is front-wheel drive and seats five people. Three models are all-wheel drive, and three are front-wheel drive.
The non-turbocharged 2.4-liter engine produces 182 horsepower at 6,000 revolutions per minute and 177 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine generates 260 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 269 foot-pounds of torque at 1,850 rpm. Both double-overhead cam engines have 16 valves with variable timing. The fuel tank takes 15.3 gallons of regular gasoline. Kia estimates the car gets 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, for a range of 306 to 397 miles. The only difference on the non-turbo mileage is it gets about 19 per gallon in the city.
The Sportage's width is 6 feet 1 inch, its height is 5 feet 4.4 inches and its length is 14 feet 6.8 inches. The wheelbase is 8 feet 7.9 inches. These dimensions vary slightly for certain models. The weight of the non-turbo versus turbo vehicles varies from 3,280 to 3,433 unloaded and 4,608 to 4,586 loaded. The maximum payload is 1,328 for the non-turbo and 1,153 for the turbo. Maximum towing capacity for both engine types is 2,000 pounds, and the cargo capacity is 26.1 cubic feet with all seats in place.