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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

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  • 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…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (16 total 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.



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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.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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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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