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Kia Sportage Model Overview

Kia Sportage Questions

Matt Combes
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Possible To Turn Sportage Drls Off While Engine Is Running?

I own a 2012 Kia Sportage EX which includes LED daytime running lights. I have been unable to find a way to have the engine running without having any outside lights on at all. The DRLs are always o...

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sueq
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2008 Kia Sportage Radio Code

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Maytham Alkubaisy
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Timing

Does the kia sportage lx 2.0 2009 have a timing chain or timing belt??

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Guynnyguynn
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Sideview Mirrors

Doestrogen the car have to be started to adjust the side view mirrors

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earlc
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My Heater And A/c Womt Blow Air At All I Changer The Bvlow Motor Controler ...

ok i changed the blow motor, the smallpart under the clovebox. it still did not work. i checked the power at the conter. only one of the termanals light up.

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Older Kia Sportage

1999 Kia Sportage Overview
1999 Kia Sportage
51 pictures
1999 Kia Sportage reviews:
3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars
1998 Kia Sportage Overview
1998 Kia Sportage
7 pictures
1998 Kia Sportage reviews:
3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars
1997 Kia Sportage Overview
1997 Kia Sportage
14 pictures
1997 Kia Sportage reviews:
3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars
1996 Kia Sportage Overview
1996 Kia Sportage
9 pictures
1996 Kia Sportage reviews:
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
1995 Kia Sportage Overview
1995 Kia Sportage
8 pictures
1995 Kia Sportage reviews:
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars

About the Kia Sportage

Kia introduced its first SUV in the U.S. back in 1995.  The Sportage was its second car offering here after the Sephia, and in similar fashion, Kia employed a gradual rollout strategy for the compact SUV, starting in the Western states.  
For its first generation, from 1995 to 2003, the Sportage was considered a mini SUV and came in either front-wheel or four-wheel drive.  The 2WD came with a 2.0-liter, 94-hp I4 engine, while the 4WD upped that horsepower to 130-hp with the same engine.  It was meant to be a budget SUV, not particularly built for power or off-road capability.  Even today, the 4WD does not include low-range gearing and should not be used on dry pavement.
The original Kia Sportage had few standard features, beyond power locks and windows, but it came well equipped in matters of safety.  ABS and traction were always standard, as were airbags.  In 1998, the Sportage was the first of any vehicle to include front knee airbags.  For these reasons alone, safety and economy, the Sportage was popular with families on a budget, though quality and reliability were issues.
The Sportage took a two-year break after 2003 and reappeared in 2005 with an all-new unibody design.  Similar to Hyundai's Tuscon, it was longer and wider than the original Sportage, offering more interior space, and was now rebadged as a crossover SUV.  You now had a choice of either an I4 or a more powerful V6 engine, and performance and handling was greatly improved.  Standard features were plentiful, even in the base models.  Not only did the rear seats fold flat, but the front passenger seat folded as well, to allow more cargo space.  As always, safety was of primary importance, and ABS, traction and stability control were standard across the line, as were six airbags.
The new Sportage is much more stylish and a better value than its predecessor, and combined with Kia's famous warranty offers, low price tag, and high safety ratings, is proving to be a much tougher competitor in the compact SUV segment.