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2013 Kia Sportage SUV

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2013 LX Kia Sportage AWD
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Atvings@verizon.net
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2013 Kia Sportage SUV LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


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I have a 2013 Sportage AWD, I have over 70,000 miles and drive it every day. I have no complaints about this car. I am 6 ft 1" and feel very comfortable driving this car anywhere, even on long trips. You can't beat the AWD, it's actually better than the Suburus AWD system. As long as you do the regular oil changes and tire rotation, this car will perform the way you want it to.I would highly recommend this car to anyone, this is more bang for the buck without a doubt. And once again the AWD system is awesome, you will be surprised too. I will say a 5 star all the way around.


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Sporty, Great Small/Midsize AWD SUV, BEAUTY!
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By Rhea Addair
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2013 Kia Sportage SUV SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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The Front Seats aren't very Comfortable, lacks Support & Padding for Long-Trips Especially if You have Arthritis, Fibromyalgia or Other Physical Types of Pain b/c It can also be kinda hard to get out of if Traveling for a Period of Time in Combo w/ The Comfort Level (Poor) of The Front Seats... Other than this Issue, LOVE IT, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ECONOMICAL, SPORTY, AWESOME,SAFE, SUV... YOU'LL LOVE IT!!!.. I DO..and, Many More People also, Love em' or The Larger KIA Sorento 4 cyl. AWD as well.. Great VALUE SUV's in a KIA!!.. I am now also a KIA LOVING FAN.. A Believer Myself...


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KIA - Killed In Action - Unsafe Turbo Engineering
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By GJ8
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2013 Kia Sportage SUV SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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After the FCV recall, I lost all the performance I enjoyed and paid for in this car. I went to 2 dealers only to be told it drives fine. Well I and everyone who’s driven this car totally disagree. The ECM reflash - the recall- consisted of updating the software originally supplied by the car maker and changing its Air/Fuel Ratio algorithms. The rule of thumb is 12-14/1 optimum. The new software seems to keep the Turbo's wastegate open too much during wide open throttle causing the Turbo Not "Spool Up" all the way, losing boost, and obviously power loss. So, why did KIA update the software instead of replacing the faulty FCV valve - because it's cheaper than re-engineering the FCV. Or, even more expensive but better yet, why not replace it with a tried and true fuel pressure regulator- Cost for KIA? Instead the easy route was to detune the car so it doesn't reach full boost, saving the FCV. So the car is now "killed in action." But this did lead me to learn about certain safety issues that have me very concerned. The turbo is located near the firewall, on the backside of the engine. If the pressurized part and axial lode of the turbo Fails, and is spinning at an average of 150,000 rpm's, this can act like a grenade under the hood, throwing shrapnel everywhere, possibly causing both driver and passenger injury or death, as the force of the pieces of hot steel and aluminum from the axial lode, plus the inertia of rotating blades at 150 rpms, would penetrate through the firewall.


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Good and bad
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By sporty74
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2013 Kia Sportage SUV LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


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I like the styling inside and out. Seats are comfy on long trips. Getting better gas mileage than advertised. AWD is great. But, suspension is really bad. I have to avoid potholes and minor bumps so I do not cringe at the noise. Can feel every bump through the steering wheel. Interior road noise is very high. The gas engine sounds like a diesel at idle. Not sure if I would buy another one, unless they made major improvements in the new models.


Best Features

Exterior and interior styling. Lots of room for camping equipment and bikes in the back. Good headroom. Good in the corners.


Worst Features

Better suspension. Larger rear window.


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KIA means Killed in Action
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By gj8
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2013 Kia Sportage SUV SX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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The 2013 was recalled for the FCV. The new software upload killed the performance of my vehicle. My son, who's built turbo's since 1995 says this:This new Software seems to keep the turbo’s waste gate open too much during Wide Open Throttle causing the turbo not to “Spool Up” all the way resulting in boost loss, and obviously power loss. My question is, why update the software, instead of replacing a potentially faulty part that part being the FCV or Fuel Control Valve? Oh yeah, it’s cheaper than re-engineering of the faulty FCV, and replacing it with one that does not have a design flaw, better and even more expensive is, why not replace it with a tried and true fuel pressure regulator. This car is owned by a woman who used to race cars....I know the difference in turbo boost and loss.


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