1997 Kia Sportage User Reviews

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1997 Kia SportageReview

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

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

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

2013 Kia Sportage Reviews

Turbo Rocket By Witz74Bird

Purchased this Kia Sportage Turbo SX in October 2013. Overall performance has been excellent and this vehicle is a rocket ship with the Turbo. You need to get used to the "Asian" ride characteristics ... Read More

2012 Kia Sportage Reviews

Audi-esque 4-banger By AFSkeeter

I like the car and plan on keeping it for it few more years... or at least until I can afford the Lexus I want. It's a really nice looking car. If it drove like it looked, it would be unmatched. That'... Read More

2011 Kia Sportage Reviews

It's Like A Baby Suv With Quite A Bit Of Room And Better Gas Mileage By QuinnyNY

I like the compac suv crossover feel. Drives great handles the road well , brakes well and great on gas. 6 speed clutch is easy to master feels a little sporty like the name says. I came out of Driv... Read More

Don't Love, Don't Hate... By Corban88

I think I have a bad taste in my mouth about these vehicles because the first one I purchased was a lemon. It was purchased back by the dealer and that's how I acquired this one. It's okay, but it's... Read More

2010 Kia Sportage Reviews

Quality, Reliable. Fun Car For Great Price. By Michael14754

This Sportage is very well engineered, comfortable, competent, and roomy, while still getting 20 - 23 mpg. Acceleration is above average, braking and overall handling is outstanding. Performs exceptio... Read More

If You're Looking For A Little Suv, I Think You'll Like The Sportage. By JACKIE749

It's a great vehicle for the money. I get about 21 mpg around town. We have not taken it out on a long trip as yet. There is plenty of leg room in the back seat. The back seats fold down easy to make... Read More

2009 Kia Sportage Reviews

Its Good For Some People And Not For Others. By Ahmed

hmm whell u should drive it then you can judge it because judging a car depends on ur previous car (last car u owned)... but overall its a good car cauze its cheap and an SUV and got good look.. Read More

I Love It, For A 4 Cylinder Suv/cuv A Very Nice Ride By Unique

Good Vehicle, Cyrrently In A Work In Progress Mode, Has Underglow, 18" Motegi DP12 Rims Sitting On 225/50/18 Uniroyal Tigerpaw AS65's, Great Fuel Economy For A Smaller SUV. Fun Little Vehicle Overall,... Read More

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