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Kia Sportage Model Overview

New Kia Sportage

2015 Kia Sportage Overview
New 2015 Kia Sportage For Sale
MSRP: $21,750 - $29,600
Invoice: $20,881 - $27,598
Used 2015 Kia Sportage For Sale
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Kia Sportage Questions

Imelda Gillman
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How To Bypass Radio Code

PLAYS AND GOES TO CODE.DOESN'T COME BACK ON UNTIL YOU START CAR AGAIN

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Imelda Gillman
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How To Bypass Radio Code

PLAYS AND GOES TO CODE.DOESN'T COME BACK ON UNTIL YOU START CAR AGAIN

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mom23krjs
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Poor Gas Mileage

I am only getting 227 miles per tank of gas, I have no leak, on the advise of the dealership changed the thermostat (check engine light was on). Timing belt broke (caused no damage) replaced 12/9/10. ...

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GerarDS
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Does A 2002 Kia Sportage Engine Fits On A 1996 Kia Sportage Model ?

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Does A 2002 Kia Sportage Fits On A 1996 Kia Sportage Model ?

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Older Kia Sportage

1998 Kia Sportage Overview
1998 Kia Sportage
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1998 Kia Sportage reviews:
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1997 Kia Sportage Overview
1997 Kia Sportage
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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
3 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
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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.