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2002 Kia Sportage Overview

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Base
28 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,657
Base 4WD
42 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,937
Base 4WD Convertible
Base Convertible
3 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,231

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3.85 stars

Based on 5 reviews

I Love My Kia by semperfi96
 — Just damn good fuel milage, and kinda fun to drive, bought it just for a work truck to go back and forth, but, i seem to drive over my jeep grand. I would recommend others to buy, I mean for the price... Read More
The Best Car I Could Have Ever Bought. by LD4FL7
 — My review on my New 2002 Kia Sportage 2Door Convertable is breath taking. I have longed for this car and I finally got it. The gas on the car is amazing, finding parking is great and most of all, I... Read More
Love It! It's Too Bad Kia Is Not Making The 2-door Convertable Sportage Anymore! by cbdavis
 — Newly painted, no dings; only 72000 miles; only one adult women owner and driver - I bought this car brand new with only 15 miles on it. Recently got New tires, new battery, new tire cover and and ne... Read More

2002 Kia Sportage Overview

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2002 Kia Sportage

This is the last year for the Kia Sportage, to make room for the upcoming mid-size Sorento SUV.  The Sportage will return in 2005 with an all-new design, but the 2002 Sportage has gone through few structural changes since its 1995 debut.  The compact SUV with two rows of seats for four passengers drops the EX and EX Limited trims this year, coming in only one base trim in either a four-door wagon or two-door convertible.  The convertible features a hard top over the front passengers and a removable soft top in the back seat.  Both are available in part-time 4WD or rear-wheel drive and feature a 2.0-liter, 130-hp I4 engine.  A 5-speed manual is standard on all but the 2WD convertible, which comes with a 4-speed automatic (optional on the 4-door models).

The 4WD features low-range gearing and can be taken off-road, with a truck-like suspension that helps smooth out the ride when off the pavement.  The 2002 Sportage gets new standard features to go with the full power accessories and dual front and driver's knee airbag (a Kia innovation).  Air conditioning and alloy wheels are now standard on four-door models (optional on the convertible), as are privacy glass, an improved audio system, and an exterior trunk release, which was previously accessed only by a key.  The leather option is 86ed.  A new Two-Tone package adds two-tone paint for the body cladding, roof rack, bumpers, and spare tire cover.  4-wheel ABS is also optional, as is a CD player, cruise control, and keyless entry -- all previously found on the EX.

Rear seats are cramped in both two and four-door models, but they are elevated to give riders better visibility.  Front leg and headroom is generous in the four-door, and drivers like the high ride height.  Handling and suspension is a highlight, and owners like the road grip of the 4WD.  The biggest attraction to the 2002 Sportage is the low price for a sporty personal SUV.  Drawbacks include low gas mileage, cupholders that block the climate control buttons, a need for more horsepower, and labored uphill performance.  There have also been a lot of repair issues with this first generation of Sportages and problems with dealers not honoring the warranty.

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2002 Kia Sportage Door Panel

My rear right window wont roll up, just down. I need to take the door panel off so I can at least get the window back up. I dont want to be that guy with plastic and tape on his car.

32 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)
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02 Kia Turns Over But Want Start Fuelpump No Power To Work Is It A Relay

129 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)
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2002 Kia Sportage I Have A Bad Catalytic Converter Can I Remove Them Withou...

My 2002 KIA Sportage started to loose power, I stopped took a look under the car and as i assumed the catalytic converter was red hot. I was close to home so I let it cool and limped home.

199 views with 7 answers (last answer 4 months ago)
Casey Bain-Breckel
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Having Probs With 3 Of My 4 Doors With Locking And Unlocking On My 02 Kia S...

my back driver side stays locked (even though the lock is unlocked, the door is still locked). You cannot unlock it at all. The front passenger side door is locked, it will only unlock if i put the ...

135 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 months ago)
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How Do I Install The Timing Belt For The 2002 Kia Sportage?

the timing belt broke and there are many grids, we dont know how or where to install the timing belt

1,786 views with 2 answers (last answer 8 months ago)