1996 Kia Sportage Consumer Review: Surprising quality for price

1996 Kia Sportage - Consumer Review

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11 Total Reviews

EX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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Surprising quality for price
By phil on


1996 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV 4WD


It's been a great car. Reliable, tough and just keeps running. Even after 11 years, there hasn't been a reason to get rid of it. At this point in its life we are replacing parts and such but it's still far cheaper than a new car. The interior has worn like iron. Even parked in the sun all the time, the dash hasn't cracked. You won't set any speed records in it and the acceleration isn't as good as it was earlier in its life but that's to be expected from a heavy 4WD pulled by a 2 liter 4 cylinder engine.

Best Features

Good visibility, 4WD, looks, comfortable in both the front and back seats.

Worst Features

More power. A 6 cylinder would be a nice improvement. The newer models have that now, but aren't a true truck frame so new ones are not nearly as capable off-road as the older ones.
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