Built with a truck body and featuring low-range gearing, the 2001 Kia Sportage STD 4WD can be taken off-road, making it rather unique among most compact and affordable SUVs. The four-d...
Built with a truck body and featuring low-range gearing, the 2001 Kia Sportage STD 4WD can be taken off-road, making it rather unique among most compact and affordable SUVs. The four-door SUV features part-time 4-wheel drive, manually engaged by the driver. A 5-speed manual transmission accompanies a 130-hp, 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC I4 engine, which can tow up to 200 pounds. A 4-speed automatic is optional. The 2001 Sportage STD 4WD seats four, with 26 cubic feet of cargo space (55 with the seats down) and an optional roof rack. Rear seats split-fold, but do not fold flat.
Power windows, locks, and mirrors, power steering, a tilt steering wheel, intermittent wipers, 15-inch wheels, and a tachometer come standard on the 2001 Sportage STD 4WD, but air conditioning and a radio/cassette player or CD player are optional, to help keep the price down. Dual front airbags are standard, but ABS will cost extra. Other extras include cruise control, alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, CD changer, and keyless entry. A wiper for the rear window is also an option. At 18/23 mpg, the 2001 Sportage STD 4WD gets so-so fuel economy, and drivers like the interior headroom, 4WD capability, sporty styling, and easy handling. On the downside, the Sportage spends a lot of time in the repair shop, the engine is underpowered, and the power windows stop working.