If you are looking for an affordable, spacious, fuel efficient and fun to drive SUV, the Sportage is the one. We were looking for more room yet not a SUV that would take up two parking spots. We got the 6 cylinder ( a must) completely loaded with all options (leather, 6 cd, amp, subwoofer, sunroof etc) except 4WD for less than 22K. It sits up high enough for the feel of a SUV yet drives like a car. The 100,000 mile limited warranty is a plus. My wife loves this vehicle as everyday transportation to and back from work.
The room! I am 6' tall and can put the front seat all the way back to give myself plenty of room. I can then sit directly behind that seat and still have plenty of room in the back seat. The back seats recline as well. Living in Texas, the a/c must perform and this one is outstanding.
We have owned this vehicle for only two months. It could have a bit more power for my taste yet my wife finds that it has plenty. I most likely wouldn't sacrifice the great mileage for the extra power though.