2008 Kia Sportage
There are 3 user reviews for the LX V6 4WD trim shown below
- Comfortable for tall driver, lots of cargo/passenger room for a small SUV, great price for 4WD.
- Sluggish acceleration for a V6, gas mileage on the low side, LX trim lacks features.
Purchased As New
Having previously owned a 2001 Sportage, this is a substantial upgrade in many areas. Handling is good for what it is, although it is rather sluggish for a V6. Split back seat folds completely flat with hard plastic backs for excellent carrying capacity, and leg room is good in both front and back seats, although it is tough getting a perfect seat position. Fuel economy is nothing to brag about, however, and I would have serious reservations about further compromising performance by picking the 4-cyl version in hopes of geting a couple more MPGs.
The 4WD model is an especially good value, considering what the competition charges for comparable features. Although this version of the Sportage is car-based (unlike the earlier truck-based version) it still has good ground clearance for driving in deep snow. Between the stability control and 4WD, most weather conditions are easily dealt with. Being able to switch to psuedo-manual shifting is a bonus.
A few features taken for granted on other vehicles (keyless entry, MPG display, better stereo) are absent, but considering that this is a 4WD V6 for well below the $20K mark, these are non-issues. This is a more refined vehicle than the early rendition of the Sportage, and the current version is more of a wagon/glorified hatchback that lacks the features that makes this "in-between" version good at what it does.
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