Purchased new in April of 09,21000 miles later no issues. Great small suv. NH winters can be rough, have driven on unplowed roads with 2 feet of snow and had no problems getting through on stock Kumo tires. Solid as the day i bought. MPG is 25-27 city/hwy. The lx 4 cylinder is basic and functional the inside, w/4 cylinder a great commuter car. Excellent Family work horse. Exterior finish is excellent. Looked at the subaru, but sportage was roomier, cant beat the warrenty.
4wheel drive, folding rear seats which also recline; tailgate also allows you to only openup the rear window, sirus radio, 5 star crash rating all around, Great warrenty, interior finish is excellent, reasonable gas mileage for a 4wd. Room storage for all your gear.
INterior lights that come on when you remove the key; exterior temp gauge, engine temp gauge, Dash is very plain, arm rest that was more functional, steering wheel controls
My radio went at mile 3,700. I took it to the dealer and was told a "refurbished" one would be installed. I was told it would take 4 days, then told up to two weeks and today, due to back order it could take up to 2 months to replace. Refurbished because they say that is all the Kia offers. And forget about calling "customer care" they do nothing to get the matter resolved, they just confirmed there was a back order of refurbished radios and there was nothing they could do. I would have to wait. I suggested getting a radio from a vehicle on the lot, no can do, they said. By the way, I will need a new dash since I now have three screw driver marks and scratches that were left on the dash.
None at this point, I find no pleasure in driving a vehichle waiting for another new part to go, only to be replaced with a refurbished one.
I purchased this Kia after my old car, a '99 VW Beetle, kicked the bucket. I have long been dreaming for an SUV, but didn't expect to find one in the $15K price range I was aiming for. Stumbled upon the Kia dealership, and was impressed with the RAV4 & Forester matching features of the Kia in such an affordable package. I've had it for 3 weeks now and am overall impressed. Horsepower is a bit lacking, but fuel economy is decent (23 mpg on my first tank, 90% city). Handling is secure, if not sports-car-like. Interior is ergonomic, durable, & comfortable without the silly frills found in other cars of this segment. Easily the most bang for the buck in the small SUV category.
Price & value, ergonomic no-nonsense interior, USB & aux input connections, interior space & comfort, Smokey Brown color, long-throw shifter, most of the features are standard in base trim, flat-fold rear seats, durability of materials, Kia warranty, no-pressure dealership purchasing experience.
Low horsepower:weight ratio, no manual transmission option with V6, no steering wheel audio controls, no armrest cupholders for rear passengers (only the ones in the doors), sunroof would have been a nice option.