New 2018 Kia Sportage near Waterbury, CT | Shaker's Kia

Test Drive a New Kia Sportage at Shaker's Kia in Watertown

After a full redesign for the 2017 model year, Kia isn't overhauling the Sportage for 2018. It will see some updates, but the 2018 Sportage is, in essence, the same crossover SUV we know and love. Its continued versatility and amazing value make the 2018 Kia Sportage a wonderful SUV option for any Waterbury or Milfod area driver who likes stylish practicality and a great deal.

Want to learn more? Read on for details about the trim levels, design, performance, and all-around safety of the 2018 Kia Sportage, and if you're in the greater Waterbury area, stop by our Kia dealership to experience it for yourself!

Great Performance - Cruise the Waterbury, CT, Area Streets in the New Sportage

The base Sportage comes with a 2.4-liter inline-four engine that makes 181-horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. It's EPA-rated at 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway for the front-wheel drive (FWD) LX, 22/29 mpg for the FWD EX and 21/25 for the all-wheel drive (AWD) model.

The SX Turbo has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that makes 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The SX is rated at 21/26 mpg for the FWD version and 20/23 mpg for AWD. All models are connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the Sportage has towing capacity of up of 2,000 pounds.

The Sportage is Well-Designed, Inside and Out

The Kia Sportage is a fantastic compact SUV option for Watertown and Waterbury area drivers. After its redesign last year, the 2018 Sportage appeals to stylish individuals who like to look good while cruising through Bristol or picking up a date in Naugatuck.

The new Sportage maintains the athletic stance and sloping roof that distinguish it from its peers. It sports a sharp, fresh exterior with distinctive lights and Kia's "tiger nose" grille. The Sportage's interior is thoughtfully designed, with great outward visibility. Well-designed storage pockets and bins abound, and there's a 12-volt power outlet and USB port for second-row passengers. Seats are comfy, and a lot of families love the Sportage for transporting kids around Milford or Watertown.

Cargo space is quite good for a compact crossover: 30.7 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 60.1 cubic feet with it down. There's plenty of room to take your dog to the park or pick up home maintenance supplies on your travels around greater Waterbury.

All-Around Safety Protects You and Your Passengers

For 2018, Kia has made some active safety features more easily accessible on the Sportage. You can now opt for the Technology package on the base LX model and it will include automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and a rear cross-traffic alert. The latter two features are now also standard on the EX trim.

The Sportage features other available intelligent driver-aid technologies, including an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). These systems are engineered to provide a precise response in all kinds of challenging driving situations.

In the cabin, a complete array of active and passive safety systems help assure that your protection is the priority. In case of a collision, the Sportage's front and side airbags respond immediately to protect its occupants.

The Kia Sportage has earned top marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. You can drive all over Watertown and Waterbury with the utmost confidence in your new Sportage!

Three Different Trim Levels, Each Well-Equipped

No matter your predilections, there's a Kia Sportage here in Watertown to suit everyone. Kia offers the model in three different trims, with optional packages so you can be sure to get the features that are important to you.

The base model Sportage LX boasts and expansive list of infotainment, convenience and safety features. Step up to the Sportage EX and you get even more perks, or you can opt for the top-of-the-line Sportage SX Turbo if you're after a really comprehensively connected and comfortable SUV.

Sportage LX

2018 Kia Sportage LX

Kia's base trim embarks on your trip out of Waterbury, CT with plenty of power under the hood: a standard 2.4-liter DOHC, 16-valve I-4 engine churning at a competitive 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but Dynamax full-time all-wheel drive comes optional, along with a driver-activated locking center differential for exceptional traction no matter the road or weather conditions in greater Milford.

Inside, you'll find ample tech and storage accommodations to make your trip memorable. A six-speaker AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM audio system dovetails a 5-inch touchscreen, keeping you connected on the go. If you're taking an extra passenger from Naugatuck, the seat features seven-step recline capability to keep occupants comfortable for the duration.

On the road in Bristol, you can count on Kia Sportage LX to keep you secure for the long haul. Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, and a Traction Control System come together to keep LX's wheels firmly planted during maneuvers. The SUV even features a rearview camera, so when you roll up at the campsite, parking's an off-grid breeze.

In Kia Sportage LX, you can find a host of options to suit both your tastes and driving needs. Available features include personalized exterior accents, roof rails, solar control glass, dual-zone automatic temperature control, YES Essentials® treated tricot fabric seating, heated front seats and outside mirrors, fog lights, UVO eServices support, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, and more.

The LX Popular Package adds such amenities as a windshield de-icer, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and more, and new for 2018, this package includes an upgrade to a 7-inch touchscreen and the addition of an auto de-fog system, among other elements.

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Sportage EX

2018 Kia Sportage EX

Ascend to Sportage EX and avail yourself of more than a few upgrades to enhance your excursions. Standard roof rails make it easy to take travel gear and accessories atop the SUV, and solar control glass and sound-absorbing windshield come standard to help make the trip enjoyable both visually and with a peaceful interior. EX even features heated outside mirrors and rear glass, standard windshield de-icing, and fog lights to brighten your day as you head to your destination atop sturdy standard 18-inch alloy wheels. New for the 2018 model year, driver-assist functions like Blind-Spot Detection System with Lane-Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and others now come standard on every Sportage EX.

EX's cabin sees upgrade to a sprawling UVO eServices-capable 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability accommodating entertainment choices galore as you adjust navigation, music or other applications with ease and road focus. Plus, it's a snap to create an environment conducive to comfort now that dual-zone automatic temperature control system comes standard along with an auto de-fog system. Even EX's seating sees a few relaxing improvements, stepping up to leather trim, six-way adjustability for the driver's seat, heated front seats, the option of a heated steering wheel, and more.

As concerns package offerings, Sportage EX shows itself capable of the well-appointed. An available EX Premium Package equips the mid-level SUV trim with a panoramic sunroof and heated steering wheel, among other features. Outfit your Sportage EX with an optional Technology Package, and it becomes a model for road trip and extended vacation alike. The package shows off immersive Harman/Kardon® Surround Sound Audio, the peace of mind of a Lane Departure Warning System and Autonomous Emergency Braking, ease of access provided by a Smart Power Liftgate, and more.

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Sportage SX Turbo

2018 Kia Sportage SX Turbo

Kia's crowning trim takes a performance turn, and that's not only regarding top-tier aesthetics. Sportage SX Turbo features the drive of a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC I-4 engine shelling out an impressive 240 and 237 horsepower in respective front- and all-wheel drive iterations, each with 260 pound-feet of torque to make the grade. The SUV's fuel economy remains up to the task of taking you places, too, weighing in at an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway/23 mpg combined for front-wheel drive when compared to its all-wheel drive build's 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway/21 mpg combined.

What's more, with Sportage SX Turbo, you'll reach the height of all that Kia's top line has to offer. A panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, LED front fog lights, an amp- and subwoofer-equipped Harman/Kardon® Audio System, and an 8-inch color touch screen with SiriusXM® Traffic navigation now come standard. That's along with bi-xenon HID projector beam headlights to illuminate your way with help from Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) capability, High Beam Assist functionality, and Auto Light Control.

Sportage SX Turbo Inventory

Discover the New Sportage with a Test Driver at Shaker's Kia in Watertown Today

If you live nearby in the Watertown and Waterbury area, you may already be familiar with the Shaker's Kia reputation for transparent customer service and honest deals. We have customers in the Bristol, Naugatuck, and Milford region who won't consider going elsewhere. We'd love the opportunity to show you how we operate, so please visit our showroom if you're considering a new car.

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