2021 Kia Sportage Trims: What Are the Differences?

Looking for the perfect crossover SUV that has a sleek and sporty exterior paired with a cozy cabin packed with all of the safety, tech, and comfort amenities you crave? If so, check out the 2021 Kia Sportage. From speedy acceleration to the infotainment features, you’ll always have an entertaining ride. So, which trim is right for you? Our team at Kia of Stamford in Stamford, CT, compiled the specs for each 2021 Sportage trim to help you determine which Sportage is best suited for you. Continue reading to learn more. If you have any questions, give us a call at (203) 883-8888, text us, or send us a message online.

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2021 Kia SportageLX

2021 Kia Sportage LX

Starting MSRP $23,990

Key Features & Specs

Kicking off the 2021 Sportage lineup is the LX. Packed with comfort, convenience, and tech amenities, the LX has everything you need. Check out the list below to learn more about the 2021 Kia Sportage LX.

  • Matte Black and Bright Chrome front grille
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Projector beam headlights
  • 17-in. alloy wheels
  • 8-in. touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth® calling and music playback with voice recognition
  • Rear camera display
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Driver attention warning
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Woven cloth seat trim
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat with 17-step recline

2021 Kia SportageS

2021 Kia Sportage S

Starting MSRP $26,490

Key Features & Specs

Next is the S. The 2021 Kia Sportage S builds off of the LX, adding on the following features:

  • Gloss Black front grille with hot stamping and bright chrome
  • Front and rear metal skid plates
  • Roof rails
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • Power-folding outside mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators
  • Projector beam front fog lights
  • 18-in. alloy wheels with Dark Gray finish
  • Blind spot collision warning
  • Rear cross traffic collision warning
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

2021 Kia SportageEX

2021 Kia Sportage EX

Starting MSRP $27,290

Key Features & Specs

Up the ante with the 2021 Kia Sportage EX. The EX includes most specs from the S, as well as:

  • Half chrome door handles with Smart Key
  • Smart Welcome
  • Smart Power Liftgate™
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • 18-in. machine-finish alloy wheels
  • USB 2.1 rear charging port
  • Push button start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Dual illuminated sun visor vanity mirrors
  • Ten-way power adjustable driver’s seat with two-way power lumbar support adjustment
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped gear shift knob
  • Piano Black interior trim

2021 Kia SportageSX Turbo

2021 Kia Sportage SX Turbo

Starting MSRP $33,650

Key Features & Specs

Enjoy luxe amenities behind the wheel of the 2021 Kia Sportage SX Turbo. The Sportage SX Turbo includes most amenities from the EX, plus:

  • Panoramic sunroof with power sunshade
  • LED headlights, front fog lights, and rear tail lights
  • 19-in. alloy wheels
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Harman Kardon® premium surround sound with Clari-Fi™, 320 watts, and eight speakers
  • Parking assist with front and rear sensors
  • Smart cruise control with stop and go
  • Wireless phone charger
  • LED interior lighting
  • Eight-way power adjustable front passenger seat
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel

Performance & Handling

The 2021 Kia Sportage has two available engines: a 2.4L I4 and a turbocharged 2.0L I4. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic®, and are available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The 2.4L I4 is standard on the LX, S, and EX, whereas the 2.04L I4 is standard on the SX Turbo. See the table below to learn more about the 2021 Kia Sportage engines.


2.4L I4

2.0L turbocharged I4


181 HP

240 HP


175 lb.-ft.

260 lb.-ft.

MPG (city/hwy)



2021 Sportage vs 2020 Sportage: What’s new?

For the 2021 model year, the only change is the addition of the Nightfall Edition and Nightfall Edition Premium options that are reserved for the S trim level. These appearance packages replace the 2020 model years’ Sunroof Package, as well as adding on a new Sportage badge on the rear liftgate. Check out the list below to learn more about the Nightfall Edition.

  • Special Black badging
  • Gloss Black radiator grille with Piano Black frame
  • Piano Black fog light surrounds, front and rear bumper trim, side sills, and skid plates
  • Black Satin window surrounds
  • Nightfall Edition Premium equips an assortment of the same technology features offered on the EX Trim and optional EX Technology Package

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