Like most folks I was hesitant to buy anything Korean based on friends who actually bought them. After watching and researching the rise of both Hyundai and KIA I decided to give it go.
I got a good deal thanks to having both a 2008 CRV and 1999 CRV which is what we used as a trade-in.Also, recent college grad helped as well.
The 2011 KIA has its strong points and both
Honda and Toyota better wake up. With 18s the KIA is definitely the more firm/harsh ride but also decidedly more sporty. The Honda has more cargo room and better visibility overall. The build quality is tight and the car pretty much sells itself which is a good thing because the dealers look like they need some upgrading.
Value, tech gadgets,exterior design. fuel economy is good at around 16 mpg overall.
child safety lock switch she not require a screw driver to activate. more storage pockets in rear with a nice grab handle like my Honda.
Turn signal mounted low. Would be nice to sync with taillight such that each alternates blink pattern. more use of LEDs. For EX and SX HIDs should be standard. Standard body-side moldings as well.
2011 Kia Sportage SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Having put on my first 3000 miles on my new Sportage SX, I am having no regrets yet for buying a KIA. I still get the "What? You bought a Kia?" and I just say "yes i did" and am proud of it so far. Kia has finally came to the game table while both Honda and Toyota are asleep at the wheel. When i found out Kia added a turbo to this sharp CUV, I had to go check it out. 3000 miles later and I have really enjoyed it. What fun is this CUV is kinda in disguise. With many not knowing what is under this hood, it is fun shocking those next to you when this turbo kicks in and away you go. Another great aspect is the gas mileage. On a weekend trip I recorded 30mpg on the highway. Avg so far is 25.
Turbo! Sunroof, Radio, Air cooled seats, DRL, Design and looks, interior room, gas mileage.
Auto windshield wiper blades, use of more soft touches in the interior.
I have had my sportage about 3 weeks with no complaints about the car. Beware of your finance person and the fine print of your rebates. I am in a situation where the finance guy said I was ok with a rebate, and I drove off the lot, only to get a call a week later saying that I didnt qualify for the rebate. The finance guy was a real jerk about it, to the point that I refused to talk to him and would only talk to the sales mgr! Jack Miller Kia in North Kansas City, MO.
Great styling inside and out.
A number of features standard that you would pay extra in other cars.
Have about 3,500 miles with no mechanical issues.
I am over 6 foot and have plenty of head and leg room.
The six speed automatic is quick to downshift on a grade.
Fuel economy is well below the advertised 23-31.
I have average around 22.5 through the winter months.
Tires perform poorly in snow due to poor tread pattern.
Ride is very stiff.
Rear window is limits visibility, but large side windows overcomes this with a look over the shoulder.
Overall fun to drive, easy to drive with good visibility of the road
Push button (keyless) operation, back-up sensor, double sunroof and climate control (dual and auto) - car heats up quickly.
I was surprised to see the Sportage at the top of most "cute ute" lists, but after driving one I was just surprised at what a great car it is.
I was set on buying a Equinox, but none were in stock on the weekend I had to buy (my old car died).
I drove the Kia and found a car that was just as nice for 3-4k less.
After 1 month I have no regrets, it is the perfect car for me with decent gas mileage, good looks, and lots of amenities (AWD, leather, roof, GPS).
keyless (i never need to take the key out of my poket to get in, lock, or start the car)
Bluetooth connection to my phone
GPS is not state of the art, but good enough
Computer is slow to start (2-3 seconds after starting car)