After the car quietly popped on the scene at the Montreal Auto Show a few months back, Kia has confirmed the SX Turbo version of its Sportage crossover for America. Powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection 4-cylinder as found in the Optima sedan, it makes 256-hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is rated at 27-mpg with the FWD drivetrain.
Also included in this top-trim package are 18-inch wheels, a stiffer suspension setup, a dual exhaust system and new front grille. Inside, the SX Turbo model gets aluminum door sills and a custom gauge cluster.
Optional items include special Orange and Blue interior packages with colors door and seat inserts with matching stitching on the steering wheel and console.
Starting at $25,795, AWD costs an extra $,1500.