I bought one of these about a month ago. I wanted a smaller SUV for my family, it's me, my wife, and two toddlers. Comfort of interior is pretty decent and we love the steering wheel (really comfortable). Ride quality is firm but I like it, I don't understand how anybody would want a "loose" suspension/ride. We got a pretty big snow storm recently and it did great and the AWD didn't even kick on. It's a very easy vehicle to drive, the only two complaints I have are the gas mileage is not as good as I'd like it to be, it averages out to around 22mpg. The second is that it can be hard to see any other vehicles when changing lanes. Overall I'm pretty happy with it and I think it was a pretty good buy, I would recommend it to anybody.
Purchase a previous rental LX AWD with 4700 miles for a $7000 savings over new. Vehicle is tight with no squeaks or rattles. Steering is god as well as handling, keeping in mind that it is a tall vehicle and not a sports car. Bought this model over the EX because the wife wanted simplicity. Another point to remember is the 10 tear, 100 warranty. While the Nissan Rogue and Honda CRV and others are comparable, their prices are thousands more without the lengthy warranty or the high J. D. Power quality rating.
My one very BIG complaint is that the headlights are just terrible. Night driving is actually dangerous. These headlights should all be recalled and replaced. The mileage is also very poor. No reason why this car should be getting less milage then the one I traded in which was a 2010 Tuscan.
This was our first Kia and all is not what is said about this little car. We have the SX with a turbo engine. The gas mileage is terrible. Our Hummer H3 did better than this Kia. The front and rear seats are the most uncomfortable seats I have ever sat in. Very hard and uncomfortable. The navigational buttons are all over the place. Some on the left, some on the right but no rhyme or rhythm on any of them. The turbo will automatically kick in at a high speed and the car takes out from under you. The turbo engine is very very fast and takes off out from under you. The biggest problem is that i am 5'3" and I hit my head on the door entry every time I get in the car. The door/head clearance is deplorable. The sunroof position because i have to have the seat forward is behind me so it does me no good to have the sunroof open because it is behind me so to see out I have to look up and behind me. When they [pn they positioned the sunroof they set it back way too far. We tried to call the dealer after the first week to tell them this car would not work but after six weeks and 51 calls the dealer would never call me back. I even tried to call the owner of the dealership to tell him this car was not working out for us but he also refused to call. The very worst thing about this car is the back sunroof is cosmetic only. It will not open but there is a sunshade that you have to open with your hand which means you literally have to pull the car off the road and climb into the back seat and open the sunshade to see out the back sunroof and the same with closing it. This I find to be cheap and "cheesy" for such an expensive car of this class. From the outside this car is a beauty and very sporty and and eye catcher but that is where this car stops. I find it to be unsatisfactory in all fields except it is a joy to drive. You have to try to ignore the blind spots, which are there, the extremely small back storage with zero to no light. The only thing good about this car is driving it. Other than that just go out and buy a Hyundai Santa Fe because for the price that is a better car but not as sporty and as flashy as the Kia SX. Other than that if you want to drive fast this is the car to have because this is a car that goes fast in a few short seconds. We made a mistake in purchasing this car and the trade in value of this car is zero to nothing. For the best Kia in this class the products used are how it was made was cheap and cheesy. Then make sure you deal with a dealer who will let you return the car for another if you decide to buy. Our Kia dealer would not even return one out of 51 calls over a period of six weeks. We are now paying for a car we hate and a dealer who refuses to make good on what they promised which was if you do not like it we will get you into something that suits you. A better choice would have been a Kia Sorento.