2019 Kia Sportage fuel efficiency and engine options
Getting a fun SUV often means getting good power too, but power and efficiency rarely go hand in hand. However, the Kia Sportage is ready to prove that adage wrong. See what we mean as we explore 2019 Kia Sportage fuel efficiency and engine options.
What engine options does the Kia Sportage have?
The Kia Sportage starts things off right with a spirited 2.4-liter engine that comes standard. This standard powerplant delivers 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. You get this engine on both the LX and the EX trim.
If you want even more power, then the Sportage SX Turbo trim is what you need. As its name would imply, this trim level sports a turbo engine. It’s a 2.0-liter turbo to be exact, and it delivers up to 240 horsepower along with 260 pound-feet of torque.
Is the Sportage available with AWD?
Before we can have a serious discussion on fuel economy, first we have to discuss some important options. Namely, all-wheel drive. The Sportage comes standard with front-wheel drive across all three trim levels, which is going to be your more efficient option.
However, all-wheel drive is also available at all three trim levels. AWD will sacrifice a little efficiency but give you better handling especially during acceleration. This means you can get either engine with either FWD or AWD. It also means we have to determine fuel economy for both engines with both FWD and AWD in mind.
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How fuel efficient is the 2019 Kia Sportage?
Below you will find the EPA estimated maximum fuel economy for each engine and drivetrain configuration. We listed city, highway, and combined fuel economy. If you didn’t know, combined fuel economy also comes from the EPA and it’s derived by combining 55% of the city economy with 45% of the highway economy.
City: 23 mpg
Highway: 30 mpg
Combined: 26 mpg
City: 21 mpg
Highway: 25 mpg
Combined: 22 mpg
2.0-Liter Turbo FWD
City: 21 mpg
Highway: 26 mpg
Combined: 23 mpg
2.0-Liter Turbo AWD
City: 20 mpg
Highway: 23 mpg
Combined: 21 mpg