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1996 Kia Sportage

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 16/Hwy 20/Comb 18 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Korea Country of Assembly: Korea

1996 Kia Sportage Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.3
Out of 10

Based on 306 Ratings for the 1995 - 2002 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.0/10
    Quality
    6.5/10
  • Reliability
    7.0/10
    Performance
    6.5/10
  • Comfort
    6.9/10
    Styling
    6.8/10

dont buy one!

By on Saturday, January 16, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: unfortuneately it didn't sell.....the timing belt broke and it killed the whole motor --- DONT BUY 1

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "great on gas, I loved this car"

Cons: "INTERFERENCE MOTOR!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Most Kia's have interference motors.....if the timing belt breaks - you lose your whole motor!!! It happened to me. I loved my Kia....but that's unacceptable!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best car ever!!!!

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, fun to drive, works hard."

Cons: "i can't think of 1 con"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This little beast has been a dream. Bought it in 2002. Has a lot of pep and zip, its a lot of fun to drive besides. Whether it's taking the youngest over the mountains to college and back several times or driving the grandkids all over the county, this little car handled whatever I asked it to do. Only had a few minor issues but from wear."

15 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Zippy 2000 Kia Sportage

By on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Nice little car. Drives well, good steering. Smog certified in 2014. Clean exterior and interior. Kept in garage. Minor problem with gas cap door. Needs to be opened from outside. Well taken care of, same mechanic has looked after it for years."

18 people out of 34 found this review helpful

great

By on Friday, September 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"this car has been excellent in the 3 years i have had it and the 4 wd is great in snow only thing i would have hoped for is the gas mileage could have been a litle better but i have seen worse"

13 people out of 27 found this review helpful

great value and reliable

By on Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "good price and fun to drive"

Cons: "did not do well with one type of gas."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"bought new in 1999 and with regular maintenance and upkeep a very reliable vehicle. great on open road. Excellent mileage."

12 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Headache car

By on Monday, August 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, easy to park"

Cons: "everything, cup holders in front of a/c"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I've had this car for 5 years after a family friend gave it to me because I didn't have a car to get to school. The first year or so was fine but after that everything stopped working. The radio stopped working, I think the antenna broke/rusted. All of the windows came off their motors so they're all being held up by door stoppers-the passenger window won't go all the way up so I always get wet when it rains. The catalytic converter doesn't work and needs replacing. The cup holder is right in front of the ac/heater so you can't feel the air when there's cups in the holder-which is terrible design in my opinion. There is also only 6 inches of leg room for the back seats which is also terrible design. The ac/heat don't work anymore. There were some cables in the engine that weren't connected right so a year after I got the car, it would turn off when I was driving in the middle of traffic! This car has just been a complete headache for the 5 years I have owned it. I would never buy this car ever again. The only pro is that it is a small car (length/width-wise) so it is easy to park in small parking spaces and to 3-point park."

18 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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