Pros: "Sporty and satisfying to drive. Deceptively quick."
Cons: "Front seats not perfect. Slippery steering wheel"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We looked at all the offerings in this category and none had the value/dollar that the Sportage offered. The Sportage is fun to drive and has excellent power.
I was concerned that it would get terrible mileage because of feedback I had read on the internet, however once we hit the 10,000 mile mark we are consistently seeing 23-24 mpg around town and up to 32 mpg highway. Considering the performance I have no complaints with the mileage.
My only complaints are in the area of comfort. It's very good, but could be better. The seats need some work, they tend cut off the circulation on my legs and the steering wheel doesn't have enough down adjustment for my liking, plus the steering wheel is made of a material that is slippery, which makes it fatiguing to grip on long trips. I have to wear driving gloves to add some grip."
"I love mine. I got a red EX 4WD. It's a great little car, good on gas, really good looking, lots of features for very little money. I wasn't really in the market for a small SUV, but once I drove it and started to think of the benefits of having more cargo room and 4WD, I went for it.
It doesn't have the smoothest ride...definitely more of a "jeepy" feel than a sedan. The only thing I don't like about it is the middle seatbelt in the back, which is anchored to the ceiling...very strange.
But for the money, I don't think there's anything close."
"Out of the past 7 vehicles I have owned this is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned. I recently bought the 2011 Kia Sportage LX AWD w/ navigation, back up sensors, etc. and loved it from the start. It has AWD drive, w/ a 4-wheel drive capability, the navigation system is extremely fast compared to a Tom-Tom and other navi's and is very detailed. I'm positive everyone would love it especially when UVO by Microsoft wil be coming out in early 2011 for newer models. The exterior is well above par from its original years of the sportage and definately is easy to drive. Has so many features and options including ESC and you also can get other options on the EX model with heated and cooling seats which is awesome. Also the glove compartment has an a/c stored in it which is so cool. I love this vehicle and I wouldn't just recommend it but also would love to see everyone buy this vehicle. Not to mention it has a 10 year/ 100,000 mile warranty on every KIA."
Pros: "Great gas milage, very comfortable on long trips"
Cons: "Maintenance cannot be done anywhere but KIA"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I owned this car for a year and a half and loved it! Great ride, big enough for growing kids in the back seat, nice sound, etc. I took it for regular oil changes and maintanance at the Jiffy Lube down the street since the Kia dealership was way on the other side of town, 45 minutes minimum each way. Then the engine blows up (not quite literally but close). Turns out the after market oil filter the jiffy lube used did not have a tiny spring in it that the Kia needed (not mentioned in the owners manual BTW) and now my engine has $5,194 worth of engine damage that is not covered by warranty.
Unless you know for a fact that you will take this to the dealership for all maintenance, do not risk it."