Kia Sportage Model Overview

New Kia Sportage

2018 Kia Sportage Overview
2018 Kia Sportage
The 2018 Kia Sportage has been announced, but it is not yet available for purchase.

Kia Sportage Questions

Idler Pulley Allowing Car To Start When Cold But Not When It's Hot?

Timing belt replaced 20,000 miles ago. Was told idler pulley could be cause of car not starting when hot. But it will after it cools off

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2008 Kia Sportage

How do I replace the drivers side exterior door handle on a 2008 kia sportage

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Can't Find Where I Am Getting Water Ingress In Front Nearside Passenger Wel...

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How Can I Get The Back Hatch Open When The Outside Wire Is Broken

The wire that releases the spare tier on the back hatch is broken and can not get into the hatch of the car. Have a 10 month old grandchild with a stroller get to keep putting over the seat

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Car Quit While Driving

02 Kia Sportage base. Was driving at 55 and the car just quit running. Turns over fine. Want to check the fuel pressure, but can't find the valve anywhere. Fuel pump was replace less than 6k miles ...

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Older Kia Sportage

1999 Kia Sportage Overview
1999 Kia Sportage
69 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
14 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
23 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

Kia Sportage Overview

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.

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