1997 Kia Sportage Top Comparisons

Users ranked 1997 Kia Sportage against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

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1997 Kia SportageReview
Steven writes:

My Impression On A Kia Sportage — One of the first SUV's. Good on the road en good off the road. Very good for cruising, but not for speeding. Wich is good because i won't get finend... Can take a lot of luggage or other stuff in the boot, esspecially when the backseats are folded down. Gas mileage could be beter, but if you realy drive good, it's ok. There are some interior inperfections but seen it's age the could be worse... I really like the extra ridehight compared to normal cars

Pros: Ridehight, bootspace, power at low revs

Cons: getting older, gas mileage could be beter

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1997 Kia Sportage BaseReview
pickupman writes:

Cute & Cheap —

I had my 97 kia from 98 to 2000 and 35,000 miles later I sold it. I was attracted to this vehicle from it's looks. The drive train seemed rough, the std trans shifted a little poorly and had to either bang through the gears or shift slowly and carefully. The dark green paint was beautiful when waxed but hard to keep the water spots off from it. the seats were firm yet comfortable even on long trips. Engine compartment seemed like it would be hard to work on so I am glad it had no troubles. The mpg's were fantastic, about 27 but other with 4wd at dealership was saying their hit 30+. I almost consider buying another one recently when I saw how cheap the used ones were going for, meaning they depreciate quick. So the book value on a low milage 97 is very low and probably worth it in my mind. I also thought they were by far the cutiest suv ever made but they are a bit cheesy. I would go with an auto trans if I ever got another one only due to the way a standard shifted. I am 45 y.o. man just trying to help others with my consumer opinions. Hope I could help.

Pros: Low book value, you can buy a 97 for a song, if you are trying to buy

Cons: Low book value, you can buy a 97 for a song, if you are trying to sell

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1997 Kia Sportage EXReview
wlangford3 writes:

Bought Used, Over 1400 In Repairs And Still Going — The dealer can not figure out what it is, they want to try this and that. I though they could look at the computer and tell what was wrong and fix it. This year modle had bad wiring, is one thing we were told.

Owner for 0 years, 6 months

Miles Driven per Year:6,000

Pros: good milage

Cons: No after market source for parts, very expensive and no one knows how to work on them.  

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Reviews From Other Years

2023 Kia Sportage Reviews

Review By Guru92PSMN

Parking sensor in the front-auto-automatic trunk opener.We had those options on our 2017 sportage. Read More

Review By Guru9RSCFL

Love the vehicle. I don’t think it will lock if you step outside the vehicle and it is on. Read More

2022 Kia Sportage Reviews

Review By Guru9PZDJ7

We had a 2019 Kia Sportage SX Turbo that we sold to buy the 2022. We loved our 2019 Sportage, but it had 65,500 miles on it and we wanted something with fewer miles. The 2022 Kia Sportage SX is the ... Read More

Review By Forest

Missing remote start. But I can live without it. Read More

2021 Kia Sportage Reviews

Review By Crystal

I wouldn’t think of buying any other suv. AWD models are a beast . After driving for about 21 years now I no longer dread it. Smooth rides and the features are awesome. Best car I’ve ever purchased. ... Read More

Review By Guru9D12SJ

Features are great..wish it had 360 camera and preset seat positions. Its just like a tuscon but I wanted the 2.0 turbo and it has awesome power. Great value for the price. Read More

2020 Kia Sportage Reviews

Review By Sheldon

Great features .. Great handle.. Fast.. swift Nice with tinted windows.. Great for the price Read More

Review By Leonard

Great 5 person car, nicely appointed. Fuel economy could be better. Did not buy yet. Read More

2019 Kia Sportage Reviews

Review By mariannkb

I loved everything abputy 2016 LX very tough and relable SUV. Black Betty weathered a CAT5 with minor scrapes and bruises in 2018. Read More

Review By GuruH39HX

I purchased a Kia SX turbo a few weeks ago and LOVE it! It has many features of a luxury car, but for a great price. The turbo, for being an SUV type vehicle is actually very good. I wish I would h... Read More

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