2011 Kia Sportage Base Road Test Specs | Edmunds.com

2011 Kia Sportage - Road Test Specs

2011 Kia Sportage SUV

(2.4L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)


Model year2011
StyleEX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$23,990
Options on test vehiclePremium Package With Leather ($3,000 -- includes leather seat trim, heated front seats, cooled driver seat, push-button start with smart key, panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, heated outside mirrors, cargo cover); Navigation With Premium Audio ($1,500 -- includes navigation with Sirius traffic, rearview camera, premium audio with external amplifier and subwoofer).
As-tested MSRP$28,490


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected gasoline inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,359cc (144 cu-in)
Block/head materialIron/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)176 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)168 @ 4,000
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 4.212, II: 2.637, III: 1.800, IV: 1.386, V: 1.000, VI: 0.772, R: 3.385, Final: 3.195


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, variable-ratio, rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.9
Tire brandHankook
Tire modelOptimo H426
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, front235/55R18 100H
Tire size, rear235/55R18 100H
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.0-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs
Brakes, rear10.3-inch one-piece solid cast-iron discs

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.5
0-45 mph (sec.)6.1
0-60 mph (sec.)9.5
0-75 mph (sec.)14.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.1 @ 82.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.8
@ Full throttle (dB)73.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)70.6

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsVirtually nothing to be gained from turning off traction control and brake torquing for quicker accleration since there isn't enough power to make either work. Upshifts occur at redline and are rather smooth.
Braking commentsSome dive, good initial bite, but the ABS cycle pulses obtrusively from around 40-0 mph. Adequate fade resistance; medium-soft pedal.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Fairly stubborn understeer with stability control off that is dealt with effectively with stability control on, where it dabs a brake to make a better result. Slalom: Confident handler at first, but grows less so as tires go hot and greasy after just a few runs. Has an aptitude to helpfully rotate off-throttle, and does so with good precision. Easy to place near cones. ESP-on runs minimize/eliminate rotation, hence slower ultimate speed.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)80.8
Relative humidity (%)33.8
Wind (mph, direction)2.2 headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22/31/25
Edmunds observed (mpg)21.3
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,186
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,329
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58.8/41.2
Length (in.)174.8
Width (in.)73.0
Height (in.)64.4
Wheelbase (in.)103.9
Track, front (in.)63.5
Track, rear (in.)63.6
Turning circle (ft.)34.7
Legroom, front (in.)41.4
Legroom, rear (in.)37.9
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Headroom, rear (in.)38.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)26.1
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)54.6


Bumper-to-bumper10 years/100,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard - dual front
Head airbagsStandard - full length
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsHill descent control, hill-start assist control
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Rollover protectionStandard

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