Bought this car at 60,000 miles, worked on rural mail route for 2 years - can honestly say never had an bit of trouble except passenger power window doesn't work from that side, but from my side. A bit rusty, front bumper peeling (after wreck was repainted - poor job), had a serious head-on and I drove away, pick-up was totaled. I love this vehicle - now have 175,000 miles - gets 24 mpg on highway. Yes, my check engine light flickers on for no reason?, has lost some of it's power, I believe I could drive it another 50,000 miles! Will have to change ball joints by then. Maybe I've just been lucky!!!
Great visibility, mileage, good power for a 4 cyl. Low maintenance.
I don't know why I didn't hear of Kia as the alternative to the Hondas, Toyotas, and Nissans for reliable gas- saving, economical cars, but I'm sure glad I found my Sportage. It's simple, never breaks down, comfortable for both my behind and my bank account. I got mine for $5500 with 100000 miles at the time a comparable Honda or Nissan would have cost me twice that.
Considering the low price I paid new for
this vehicle it has been great value as
well as comfortable convenient and fun
to drive. I like the interior layout
which is more like a car than a truck
and the higher seat position is perfect
for me not too high like many trucks or
too low like all cars. It's ideal for a
single person or couple plus gear to go
and explore the great american west.
Gets reasonable highway mileage but can
Rugged 4wd system, comfortable interior.
I've had two new radiators - could
improve the relibility of those.