JOLIET, Ill., Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Winter driving in Illinois is no easy feat, especially for vehicles that aren't properly equipped to handle low traction, rough terrain, and poor visibility. Although small coupes and midsize sedans may get drivers through winter, the 2014 Kia Sportage helps them conquer the cold with power, versatility, and reliability.
To best equip the Sportage for winter, Bill Jacobs Kia recommends consumers opt for all-wheel drive models, although front-wheel drive is standard. While the four-wheel drive Sportage drops combined fuel-economy estimates a couple miles per gallon, the ability to power through snow-covered roads and low-traction situations is well worth that small drop in efficiency.
Behind the strength of a revamped 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that includes direct-injection technology for 2014, the Sportage generates 182 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. That strength gives drivers an edge when snow turns to slush and low traction situations become more common.
While the Sportage's driving capabilities make it an admirable choice for winter driving, the interior features a number of creature comforts to provide the warmth and comfort needed when frigid temperatures loom just outside the vehicle's cabin. Available features like heated outside mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats allow drivers and passengers to quickly warm up from the elements.
Perhaps most importantly, Illinois drivers can trust the Sportage to keep them safe. The 2013 all-wheel drive model earned five out of five stars in government crash testing while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Sportage its highest rating of "Good."
Although the new Kia Sportage is among the most sought-after models this time of year on the Bill Jacobs Kia lot, the dealer is beginning to promote the release of the all-new Kia K900 luxury sedan that is set for a 2014 release.
Find out more about Bill Jacobs Kia by visiting the Joliet dealership in person or online at www.billjacobskia.com. Interested parties can talk with a dealership representative at 815-741-6975.
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