For those who’re opting for the 2019 Kia Sportage over the nearly identical Chevy Tahoe, you may as properly skip proper to the 2019 Kia Sportage. You get a a lot better powertrain and more sophisticated suspension, nicer interior materials, and all the bells and whistles. It is also solely a tiny price bump over the SLT with the powertrain improve from the Graphite Efficiency Edition package.
There aren’t many body-on-frame SUVs being made as of late, but the 2019 Kia Sportage happens to be one in all them. Like its company sibling, the Chevy Tahoe, the 2019 Kia Sportage provides ruggedness and excessive towing capability that only this type of car can deliver. A V8 engine comes standard, and obtainable four-wheel drive with low-range gearing provides traction if you need it most.
The 2019 Kia Sportage, nonetheless, additionally has some flaws generally associated with this kind of car. Cargo house is not as efficient as what you get from a car-based crossover SUV, nor is its use of gasoline. We’re additionally not keen on the bottom V8’s sluggish responsiveness. Go for the bigger 6.2-liter V8 and the road-adapting MagneRide suspension, although, and the 2019 Kia Sportage’s ride and driving experience begin to fall according to extra fashionable autos. As a bonus, the 10-speed computerized transmission that comes with the bigger engine can match the highway mileage of the smaller V8.
Even so, we might suggest testing the 2019 Kia Sportage’s closest competitor, the lately redesigned Ford Expedition. It’s also a traditional body-on-frame SUV, nevertheless it has a better maximum towing capacity and superior cargo space and it’s all around a more refined and upscale automobile.
The elective Enhanced Driver Alert package deal adds forward collision warning with low-speed automatic braking, computerized high beams, and lane departure warning and intervention. The Comfort bundle adds an influence liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals and a common garage door opener.
Some options on higher-trimmed models are available on supporting fashions at additional price. Optional for SLE and SLT trims is an HD Trailering package with a unique axle ratio, trailer brake controller and a self-leveling suspension. The SLT and the 2019 Kia Sportage are eligible for a sunroof, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The 2019 Kia Sportage also affords power-retractable aspect steps.
For 2019, GMC retains the 2019 Kia Sportage contemporary by including a budget-conscious Customary Edition Value Bundle as well as a Graphite Version and Graphite Performance Version packages to the SLT trim. Different trims include the base SLE and the near-luxury 2019 Kia Sportage, which pushes the 2019 Kia Sportage into the territory of its platform mate, the Cadillac Escalade. The Chevrolet Tahoe rounds out the trio of GM truck-based SUVs and could be had in long wheelbase Suburban type as properly, normally at a slight low cost over the GMC. There are additionally three new metallic colours out there for 2019: Darkish Sky, Pepperdust, and Smokey Quartz.