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Kia Sportage Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four 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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Customer Reviews

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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.



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Nightmare

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Vehicle: 1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV 4WD

Door key cylinder fell inside the door body the day I brought it home. I had nearly 20 visits to the dealership that year for that problem alone. There were times I was entering the car from the passenger side. 2nd year: O2 sensor went, front brakes cylinders (?) collapsed, service light came on and off. I developed tennis elbow using the Kia shift stick For as long as I owned the car: The car shook anytime over 45 mph - multiple visits to dealership. A horrible rattling sound under the driver's side - multiple visits to dealership. Could not get a clear view in the rear when reversing. Overall an annoying, frustrating and painful experience!



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great little suv

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Vehicle: 1997 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV

This vehicle has been a proven performer. With the proper maintenance I have driven 83,000 miles without any repairs. (I forgot I did replace the horn.) It is a joy to drive and very comfortable on long trips. I would take this vehicle anywhere without worry.




I hate it!!!

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Vehicle: 1997 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV 4WD

I got this car for christmas....it was, or it is my first car. at 16 years of age, i thought it was cute at first. then as i started to drive it, it made an awful squeaking sound in the morning, waking everyone up in the neighborhood. as i was moving from jacksonville, fla to houston, tx, we had to tow it because we knew that it wouldnt make it. so as we were towing it, my transfer case blew and it started to smoke. come to find out that it slipped into drive from neutral, and it blew a hole into the transfer case. now we have to replace it, but that cost $1000, which is half of what it costed in the first place. so we're just gonna buy a jeep wrangler, which is sooo much better than the kia.




Don't buy this car

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Vehicle: 1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV 4WD

I have had so many poblems with this car. I bought it new in 97. At 800 miles the catalstic converter blew up causing the underside to catch fire, and all wiring had to be replaced. At 12,000. their was a horrible exhaust leak which after 4 trips to the dealer for repair ended my family in the hospital with a 24% oxygen rate in the blood. Kia would not stand behind their product even when contacted by my attorny. The belts always squeek and their has been a bad engine lifter since day one. Locks, and windows have never worked correctly since day one. I have givin up and have never been able to get kia to fix the problems.




97 kia--poor mechanical quality

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Vehicle: 1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV 4WD

I bought the truck used because it was cheap, I have owned it less than 2 years. It has 62k miles on it. I just brought it in for the transmission to find out, Transmission is shot, head gasket is blown, and I need a new clutch. I also recently replaced the starter and had 4 wheel drive repaired. The truck never drove well to begin with. Very noisy and no power at all.



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 20
  • highway
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