2001 Kia Sportage Overview


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45 stars

Based on 13 reviews

2001 Kia Sportage by Janice
 — Love the simple smooth deassign. Big chunky tires, built on a truck frame. Interior is comfortable, but could have more leg room in the back. It has more than 100,000 miles on it but still drives almo... Read More
Nice Little Toy by michalmandak
 — You have to love this car, because it's small, it's slow and the gas consumption is terrible :-))) But it's all about the hart. There's nothing better then driving without your roof on. And the terrai... Read More
Great Car In My Book! by Jeannie
 — All in all it's a good car handles well brakes good and shifts smoothly. The size is a little small on the older ones but it fits me just fine. Only problem is where they ran the vaccum hoses for the ... Read More

2001 Kia Sportage Overview

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2001 Kia Sportage

Aimed at drivers looking for a sporty outdoor ride without putting too much pressure on the wallet, the Kia Sportage was one of the Korean automaker's first offerings in the U.S.  Reflecting the new Kia/Hyundai partnership, the 2001 Sportage boasts the 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.  It comes in both a two-door convertible and four-door SUV, with the latter available in base, EX and EX Limited (new for 2001).  All models come with either rear-wheel drive or part-time 4WD with low range gearing for better off-road performance.  

True mountain driving is compromised by the Mazda 2.0-liter I4 engine that puts out 130-hp and 127 lb-ft of torque.  But its truck-frame body and Lotus-engineered suspension helps keep the ride smooth and balanced over rough roads.  A 5-speed manual is standard on the convertible and base models, while a 4-speed automatic is standard on the EX and optional for the base.  The four-door models are 14 inches longer than the convertible, offering more legroom for front passengers, but rear legroom is disappointingly limited in all models.  

While power features, rear-wheel ABS, dual front and driver's knee airbags, and a security system are standard on the base SUV and convertible, the EX adds cruise control, leather trim, a roof rack, and a CD player.  The new EX Limited adds keyless entry, side stripes and chrome exterior trim, platinum gauges, and an upgraded sound system.  The optional leather on the EX is a two-tone leather on the Limited.  The low cost, sporty handling, and 4WD capability are big draws for the 2001 Sportage, but it does suffer from a lot of mechanical problems.  Owners report a lot of time logged at unhelpful dealerships for problems such as brake wear and faulty power windows.  The rear hatch is difficult to close, the interior is cheap-looking, gas mileage is so-so, and the cupholders block the air vents.  More horsepower would be appreciated.


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