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Fifteen years ago, the Sportage was one of the first products imported to the U.S. by a relatively unknown Korean automaker.

Now, the 2011 Kia Sportage compact CUV has achieved “Best New Crossover Vehicle” in the 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards by About.com.

“Launched as part of Kia’s ongoing design-led transformation, the 2011 Sportage continues Kia’s commitment to offering consumers unmatched levels of styling, technology, performance and overall value,” said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, Kia Motors America (KMA).  “The Sportage continues to add to its list of industry and consumer awards and accolades, and as the second Kia vehicle to offer a turbocharged engine in the U.S., we are confident consumer consideration for Sportage and the entire Kia line up will continue to grow.”

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Last week Kia unveiled the 2011 Sportage SX Turbo. The Sportage SX gets Kia’s 256-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine linked to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Sportage SX is the second vehicle in Kia’s U.S. lineup to get this engine; the 2011 Kia Optima Turbo was the first.
The 2011 Kia Sportage SX AWD will start at $27,990, including destination. That is a healthy $7500 over the front-wheel drive Sportage’s base price; the previous range-topping EX trim starts at $23,990 for front-wheel drive.