This car is great for shorter women because you still sit up a little higher but it's so much easier to get in than a big SUV. The front seats are like a comfortable easy chair with great support for long drives. I've had my car for 5 years and I have not had one bit of trouble. Plus it's good looking!
It lags on acceleration and KIA lied about fuel mileage on these cars but I have not put a dollar into this vehicle other than routine maintenance. This was by far the best value for the money when I bought it and came with more options than any of its competitors.
We went to the dealer intending to buy a soul but after a test drive of the sportage, we were sold (space, trunk and power were pluses over the soul).
Though it was more than we wanted to spend, it has proven to be a reasonably good choice with our limited budget. After 3 years, the only issues we have is the ignition switch which doesn't always sense the key is out and continues to beep as you're leaving the vehicle and the wide "A" pillars which can make a fairly large blind spot when you want to turn. The blue tooth phone's voice recognition is spotty but is great when it works. Night visibility is mediocre without fogs (a must have). Original Tires lasted 52k miles.
Exterior styling: designed by former Audi designer
Traction control: makes for steady driving
Seating position: good view out and comfort on long drives
gas mileage: usually see 26+mpg in mixed driving and 30+ mpg on the highway
-Fog lights standard on all trim
-Improve A pillar visibility
-Bigger rear brake lights
-Better gas mileage
2012 Kia Sportage SUV LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
Tough, reliable, fun, great mileage, roomy. Have had people bang doors into us hard, no dents and a little rub and the mark came out. Ran over a piece of steel on I-5, thought itd rip its belly open. Nope just a little dent. Did great in the snow. Our tires have 33,000 miles and doing great!! My friend has a crv and their tires are wore out at 30,00. Fun to drive and cool looking..my friend bought one just like mine because i love it so. Keep up the good work Kia!1
2012 Kia Sportage SUV SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Submitted review back on 08/27/12 12:30 PM which I still stick by. As for the turbo issue I was having it got fixed, pressure switch needed calibrated for the hot gas bypass, I've not had any issues since. Got 56,000 on the car now. At this car's price point, you won't find another SUV with this kind of power and gas mileage.
Acceleration. Gas mileage. Stereo. Traction control works well, had the car hung up in deep snow (using car to mash down +20 inches of snow). The traction control helped a lot getting it free (took 20 minutes or so but got loose).
This winter has been cold, if it's under 5 Deg F, the defrosters don't work. Left on high temp and fan speed they aren't effective. The car takes for ever to warm up, and in extreme cold conditions, barely does. Suspension still needs tuned, seats
still aren't comfortable.