2002 Kia Sportage 4x4 4 cylinder from North America
Much better than a CR-V or a Rav-4!
Check engine light came on. A minor oopsie that the dealer corrected!
This is a real SUV! Unlike those sissy little Rav 4's and CR-V 's! It has a rugged body on frame design, and it's ready for anything you can throw at it!
The interior is both classy and elegant. A definite grade above that of a CR-V or a Rav 4. Fit & Finish is also the quality of a Mercedes. Whatever bugs Kia originally had, they've smoothed them out nicely.
The car has reasonable pep, although it's a tad sluggish.
The interior is roomier than that of a CR-V or a Rav 4. It is extremely comfortable too.
The Sportage is also a very safe car, much safer than the CR-V and Rav 4. The Sportage has an advanced airbag system that also protects the knees.
The Sportage has an excellent stereo system, and the air conditioning works marvelously!
The seats are made of richly woven fabric, and feel exquisite.
Kia also stands behind their vehicle. Unlike the stingy warranties from Toyota and Honda, Kia offers 10 year coverage for the powertrain. I'm glad they do, because I plan on keeping this vehicle for a long time, and if anything happens, I won't have to choose between a bus pas or a hefty repair bill, unlike I would in the CR-V or Rav 4.
And did I mention the price? It's lower than that of the CR-V and Rav4 by quite a significant margin. It's an excellent value that I would highly reccomend.
I will definitely be buying another Kia!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd June, 2002
I have owned two Kias so far--a 2000 Spectra and a 2002 Sportage. They are a great value, certainly cheaper than a CR-V or RAV-4, but you have to consider the resale value. You can buy a CR-V or RAV-4 and they will hold very, very good resale value (Honda and Toyota after all), but as great as the kias are you will be losing major money in the long run because resale value falls to almost half the day after you've bought it.