Desperately bought this car in the winter after I got my license. I don't think it was taken care of that much but I changed that. I recently changed the valve cover gasket since it wasn't leaking oil into the spark plugs causing a misfire. The engine is not powerful at all, but the engine driven fan makes it so the car NEVER overheats. I drive around 400 miles a week and it does fine in getting me to where I need to go. The spare tire carrier is a nuisance, since I started using it more often it's hard to open it every time I have to open the hatch. I removed it and just stored the spare tire in the trunk, lost some space but whatever. I figured I wanted more MPGs so I also removed the trailer hitch (which I don't use) and the roof rack. I don't have the 4WD model but it's a great SUV if you don't want to scratch your rims when parallel parking. It's great to do done off roading every now and then.
I had a 2000 Kia Sportage base automatic 4x4 (there is no option for that exact car on Edmunds form here so I picked the closest.
I drove this car from about 15,000 miles to 100,000, cross country and back. There are nicer SUVs out there obviously but this one was reliable and inexpensive.
It's also kind of fun to drive. The 4x4 is great in snow. Also if you live in the city and park on the street you will love it. At 156 inches long, it's very easy to parallel park. I was always amazed at the spots I could fit in. Easier than a Honda Civic.
Pretty roomy inside, 4x4 was great.
The engine could definitely use more power. However, it was very inexpensive so you know that going in.
I have owned my Kia for 3 years its my first car. I have had to put A LOT of work into it. The original owner ran her hard. First some wires rusted and fell apart, a wire on my brakes got twisted, my rear axle rusted over and broke, (that was scary), one of my back doors wont open from the outside, I recently had a problem that is I go through gas way too fast and when I go to fill up it makes a really weird hissing sound! I had this part removed from the gas tank to prevent it from rusting so its not that. But when I get the money to get it fixed it will be perfectly fine. I love it!
Great on gas, front passenger seat is roomy, the trunk space is great, surprisingly good on the highway! There's a jack in the trunk.
What is up with those cup holders? Easily rusts, shakes a bit, windows are slow, and the radio isn't the best.
I purchased mine used 6 years ago to get me through the snowy mountains of Virginia, and it has never let me down. I drive it about 3500 miles per month and so far these are the only repairs: brakes, tires, 02 sensor (at 150k miles), batteries (gone through several of these), power window switch. Cloth seats feel cheap, but otherwise the interior is well planned and accessories are convenient. Exterior, for me, is pretty rough--it sort of looks like a beefy go-cart. I would recommend one for a new driver who will have to deal with inclement weather conditions. Easy to maneuver in snow/rain, easy to park, and there is plenty of glass all the way around so drivers can see surroundings
Extremely reliable. Incredible use of interior space (plenty of room for a family and large dog). On the fly 4wd, very good ground clearance for snow and obstacles, and all the glass makes it very easy to parallel park.
NA. But for prospective used buyers: Engine is reliable but weak under load (you won't make a lot of passes on the interstate if you're full with passengers, or if they AC is on). You can't pull much more than a teardrop trailer with it.
Love my Sportage, fun to drive, decent power for 4 cylinder, enjoy standard shift, mechanically sound. Gas milage around 19-20 city, 26 mpg highway. Do not like cup holder location, AM/FM cassette radio could be better. Overall pleased with vehicle, plan on keeping for another 100,000 miles. Changing timing belt and water pump at 103,000 miles as preventative maintenance.
Comfortable Seats, Good AC
Move cup holder, improve radio, dark tint windows should be standard equipment.