2002 Kia Sportage Overview


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3.85 stars

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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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Kia Sportage Questions

Paul Durrant

Both Of The Rear Windows Have Stopped Working, And I Need To Get Them Down ...

both of the rear windows have stopped working, i have checked the fuse and the wiring and it all seems good, my problem is that the windows are stuck in the up position and i need to get them down t...

28 views with 5 answers (last answer about a month ago)
Mary Balcerzak

Door Locks

why do the doors NOT unlock while the engine is running, if I want to drop off a friend, I have to turn the car off to unlock the doors

18 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)
Mary Balcerzak

Very Bumpy Ride, Nothing Smooth At All

just bought a 2002 kia sportage convertible, and it rides very bumpy, not a smooth ride at all on any road surface, highway is even worse, what type and size of tires should be on this vehicle

13 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

Both My Door Handles On The Outside Of My 2002 Kia Sportage Are Broke

I can't open the drivers or passenger door from the outside. The inside opens the doors.

459 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 years ago)

Both My Outside Door Handles Are Broke And I Cannot Open The Driver Or Pass...

I can open both doors from he inside of the car but the mechanism is broken when I took the door panel off. Can I get a part from the junkyard or would it be best to go through kia. I'd rather do th...

1,369 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 years ago)