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Kia Sportage Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power Info is not yet available.
  • Fuel Economy 17/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Kia Sportage

  • Info is not yet available.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Slick styling, cheap price, spunky DOHC engine

  • Cons

    Build quality, cargo room, cheap interior materials

  • What's New for 1997

    An automatic transmission is offered on 2WD models, and the EX trim level is available in 2WD for the first time. Power door locks, a theft-deterrent system and a spare tire carrier are all standard on all Sportages for 1997. A new option is a CD player. Sportage gets a new grille. A tan interior can be combined with black paint for the first time. Base 2WD models lose their standard alloy wheels.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 20
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



3 months, and it's dead

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Vehicle: 1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

I bought the car used to replace my Geo Metro. Paid $1400 for it, thought it was a great deal. It had low miles for a reason. Drove it 1 month and had to replace the fuel pump, major ordeal. Ran for two more months, stalling shaking, bad fuel economy. Now the timing belt broke. I'll fix it, sell it, and drive my Saturn I had to buy because this Kia is such a piece of junk.




Work car

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Vehicle: 1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

SOME WIRE PROBLEMS, FUN TO DRIVE LOW PRICE




Do not purchase!

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Vehicle: 1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

I've had problems with the Sportage Kia from the beginning. I bought the car new and within a year, it stalled, while driving, about 10 times. Engine makes a lot of noise. When going faster than 65mph, the windows shake due to the wind. Very unreliable car.



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Full 1997 Kia Sportage Review

What's New for 1997

An automatic transmission is offered on 2WD models, and the EX trim level is available in 2WD for the first time. Power door locks, a theft-deterrent system and a spare tire carrier are all standard on all Sportages for 1997. A new option is a CD player. Sportage gets a new grille. A tan interior can be combined with black paint for the first time. Base 2WD models lose their standard alloy wheels.

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Talk About The 1997 Sportage

1997 Kia Sportage Discussions See all Started By

andee2
andee2
01-26-2008
how do you get the number plate lights of from the rear bumper off a 1997 kia sportage??? I need to replace them due to MOT failure...


iluvmysephia1
iluvmysephia1
12-12-2004
this is an award from within South Korea for the new Sportage for 2005. The Sportage is the only vehicle to be selected for this year’s awards. Kia expects 104,000 units to be sold overseas i...


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crowbar
11-02-2005
I have owned a Kia Sportage since 1997, and it has always had a rather sloppy shifter as well. I took it back to the dealer a couple times, but there were no changes so I just got used to it. That is ...



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