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Kia Sportage Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 140 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Kia Sportage

  • Thankfully sharing nothing with its predecessor but its name, the new Sportage offers compact SUV buyers a modern runabout in a stylish and roomy package.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Generous passenger and cargo space, stylish and functional interior, standard side and head curtain airbags, hard-to-beat warranty, standard ABS and stability control.

  • Cons

    Down on power and cargo capacity versus its competitors.

  • What's New for 2005

    An all-new Sportage returns after a two-year hiatus. It's now a car-based SUV intended to compete with the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 23
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Don't knock it 'til you

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Sportage EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I am impressed. My wife and I have a 2012 Mustang and a 2013 Elantra and decided we wanted a cheap 3rd car to go off-roading and camping. I was so impressed with our Elantra that I decided to look at Sportages and Tucsons. I found that Sportages were listed cheaper, so I tested one. I actually really loved so much about it and so did my wife so we got it for such a good deal. It has so many features for a 2005! We took it up the mountain in 4 inches of fresh snow and it never slipped once--even going up steep hills. It easily tackled rocky and bumpy steep hills, too. I am more than impressed and cannot wait to go camping in the next few months. It has 125,000 miles on it and runs so smooth!




Best vehicle i've ever owned

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Sportage EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I love my 2005 Sportage. I've had it since it was 6 months old and it's never given me any problems whatsoever! It's 8 years old now, with 160,000 km and is the best vehicle I've ever owned. Just change the oil and it just keeps on going. Great in the snow too with just all seasons tires. Yay for Kia!!




2005 kia sportage lx 2.7l

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Sportage LX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

Bought used 3 yrs ago with 48000 on it. Just turned 100,000. I have only needed to replace tires, brakes, & timing belt assembly recommended at 100,000, & rear wheel bearing. I love this little Sportage! Gets 18 to 24 mpg depending on winter or summer. I put tow package on it for my pop up camper, pulls easily. Issues I have is the parking lights burn out constantly, and the hatch door latches are somewhat stuck, odd. Runs great, it's peppy! Regular oil changes & tire rotations are the only "maintenance" I've had to perform. Wish it had a higher towing capacity for the V-6 but learned its because it has a light-duty rear axle. Can't speak for the newer Sportages, but this one is awesome!



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Used 2005 kia sportage

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Sportage EX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

My husband and I just purchased a 2005 Kia Sportage, pre-owned, with 135k miles, due to our limited budget. The Carfax didn't list any maintenance, and the test-drive and subsequent independent pre-purchase inspection confirmed that there were problems. The timing belt system had not been replaced at 100k miles, the battery was original (and died right after purchase), and the A/C was non-functional. We were able to knock off a lot from the price due to all the work that needed to be done (most of it simply maintenance that was put off, not true issues). A/C problem due to climate control module and is being replaced. Hoping we don't regret this purchase.



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First impressions on the sportage

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Sportage EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

Purchased my 2005 Kia Sportage (EX w/ V6 and 4WD) late August w/ 66k mi. Very impressed by the interior quality. Leather seats (heated) are comfortable and controls are easily accessible. Impressed by the engine, as it has a good amount of power for 2.7 liter. "Sport shift" shines when upshifting. Downshifts w/ the Sport shift seem to be overly harsh in lower RPM ranges (under 3K). Two car seats fit easily in the back seats. So far, a good purchase.



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Never ever had a problem

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Sportage LX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

The Kia Sportage is great. I have had mine since it came out and never had a single problem with it. it's fun to drive especially when i use the manual with the auto clutch. it gets great gas millage and performs great in snow with its 4wd. all around a great vehicle and i respect Kia because of it's performance and reliability.



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Full 2005 Kia Sportage Review

What's New for 2005

An all-new Sportage returns after a two-year hiatus. It's now a car-based SUV intended to compete with the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

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Talk About The 2005 Sportage

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jchan2
jchan2
04-03-2003
Anybody know anything about the next Kia Sportage? Features? Vehicle platform?...


oilerfan2
oilerfan2
02-08-2007
My 2005 Sportage is very difficult to keep from getting fogged up. When the temp is below freezing I can never see out the second row windows or the rear window. I notice no difference in the air qu...


iluvmysephia1
iluvmysephia1
03-19-2005
is great. My fave new cars now are the 2005 Kia Sportage, 2005 Scion tC(especially the new RS 1.0 tC in Absolutely Red color)and the 2005 Kia Spectra5. I agree, just buy the new Kia and get that grea...



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