The 2014 Kia Sportage adds new features and styling details that promise to keep it an interesting contender in the compact crossover segment. Since receiving its Peter Schreyer-penned redesign for the 2011 model year, the Sportage has been a stylistic standout in the typically staid small crossover class. The 2014 model adds a redesigned front grille and optional HID headlights and LED taillights.

Other than the visual upgrades for the 2014 model year, the 2014 Sportage gets a new 182-hp, 177-lb-ft gasoline-direct-injection 2.4-liter engine on the LX and EX models, representing a 6-hp and 9 lb-ft increase in power over last year's port-injected 2.4-liter engine. Final EPA figures have not been announced for the new engine, but expect at least a 1-mpg improvement in both city and highway figures over the current model. The 260-hp, 269 lb-ft GDI Turbo 2.0-liter engine offered in the SX trim carries over for 2014.

The other two major changes are on the inside, with the addition of a telescoping function to the tilt steering wheel, and UVO eServices standard on the EX and SX models and available as a package option on the LX trim. Other features previously optional on lower-trim Sportages are now standard across the board, including high-performance shocks, rear seating area vents, and reclining outboard seats, previously offered only on the EX and SX trims. Pricing for the 2014 Sportage line has not yet been announced.

Source: Kia