If you can find one used and it's been properly cared for, buy it! This baby is the Korean Energizer Bunny! I bought it new in July 2010, at almost 112,000 miles, the only two times I needed help for it were a dead battery and a $2.99 O ring in the radiator that failed on my way to work one morning. Maintenance is not cheap, but worth it for a car that faithfully gets you where you're going. The only negatives are the awkward headrests (took a while to get it into a position that allows my head to remain upright) and the ride is a bit like a pickup truck--a non-luxury one. Gas mileage is great; until a few months ago, was getting 29-30 average MPG, all non-highway driving. My daily commute is 54 miles total, half 55 mph and half stop-and-go 45 MPH or less. I do play the lights when possible to avoid wasting time and gas that way. In the past year, MPG dropped to 26 average, but my mechanic can't find a reason. Maybe age? Have replaced tires twice and about to replace brake pads for the first time. Took it on a 3k mile trip a couple of months ago; it loved the open road. Finally, whenever anyone asks me if I like my Kia, I answer with a resounding "YES!" Result? Half of the vehicles in my office parking lot are either Kia or Hyundai and we agree they're great value.
I bought this Kia new in March 2010 as a second car. After 7 years and 65, 000 miles, I can say this car has NEVER REQUIRED REPAIRS (other than routine oil changes and a new battery and set of tires after 5 yrs). What more can you ask of any car. The paint finish is outstanding, rivaling my Jaguar which cost 4 times as much! Excellent headroom is a plus for me (I'm 6' 5"). About the only fault I can find is the radio's dim LCD display, which is impossible to see in bright sunlight.
This is my 2nd Sportage. The first one was so good. I decided to get another. The 140 hp 4 cylinder 2 wheel drive provides all the power you need plus 22+ average mpg! IT handles great in the snow, and rain, and visibility it amazing, the wipers clear about 95% of the glass. I highly recommend the Sportage to anyone.