Considering the low price I paid new for this vehicle it has been great value as well as comfortable convenient and fun to drive. I like the interior layout which is more like a car than a truck and the higher seat position is perfect for me not too high like many trucks or too low like all cars. It's ideal for a single person or couple plus gear to go and explore the great american west. Gets reasonable highway mileage but can go anywhere.
Bought this car at 60,000 miles, worked on rural mail route for 2 years - can honestly say never had an bit of trouble except passenger power window doesn't work from that side, but from my side. A bit rusty, front bumper peeling (after wreck was repainted - poor job), had a serious head-on and I drove away, pick-up was totaled. I love this vehicle - now have 175,000 miles - gets 24 mpg on highway. Yes, my check engine light flickers on for no reason?, has lost some of it's power, I believe I could drive it another 50,000 miles! Will have to change ball joints by then. Maybe I've just been lucky!!!
I have not had my Sprotage for very long, and hopefully I will be able to find someone dumb enough as I was to sell it to. It stalls out when at stoplights, transmission will not shift into high gear when cold, and the computer went out also. Save yourself a lot of trouble and do not by anything made by Kia.
I don't know why I didn't hear of Kia as the alternative to the Hondas, Toyotas, and Nissans for reliable gas- saving, economical cars, but I'm sure glad I found my Sportage. It's simple, never breaks down, comfortable for both my behind and my bank account. I got mine for $5500 with 100000 miles at the time a comparable Honda or Nissan would have cost me twice that.