Looked around for an inexpensive second vehicle for the wife. Considered sedans(e.g cobalt, g5, focus & corolla), but eventually I stumble upon a fully loaded kia sportage. It was exactly what she needed to get around town, it had 4x4, lots of room and 4 doors. Sure it was a little underpowered, but around the city she really didn't really need to be a speed demon. The 4x4 works great in snowy conditions, the storage capacity in the back is functional (Fit a dresser in the kia, even with the back seats not able to lye flush with the back). The aluminum rims can be a pain, especially with air pressure loss. This vehicle is fun, practical, and for us has been a valued purchase.
The fully loaded ex model w/ two tone paint & roof rack is a really nice looking truck. Seats are comfortable and there is a lot of room inside for such a small looking SUV. Fun to drive.
Fuel economy and engine size. Every kia sportage I see on the road has a rusty tire rack for the spare on the rear. ( I guess that's why the newer models don't have it?) Too bad because that's what makes the sportage unique from any other small suv. Buyer beware aluminum rims need to be sealed!!!
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