1996 Sportage

Consumer Reviews

1996 Kia Sportage

1996 Kia Sportage

Review Score

4.5 out of 5 stars

4.5

2 Reviews
100% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
3 out of 5 stars Comfort
4 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4 out of 5 stars Reliability
3.5 out of 5 stars Performance
3.5 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

What a deal way back when

by spirit lake cpo from Spirit Lake IA on Sun Nov 07 2010

I bought my 96 Sportage used from an elderly retired military officer in 1998. It had 14,000 miles. It now has more than 130,000 and it's still my only mode of transit short of two legs. I've been coast to coast in it pack to the hilt. While fully loaded is was tough going over mountains. (Military pcs orders/transfers) I've never owned such a good reliable vehicle. The only problem wasn't because of the vehicle, only the machanic working on it. Timeing Belt he twice put on was for early 96, not late model 96. It took a jet machanic in Belluve NE who doubled as a backyard mechanic to figure that out. Been religous on oil changes, tires. Changed mufflers three time, one cat.converter (under warrantee) and that's it. What a cherry. F. Bumper paint is only issue. Hope the the 2011 version (thinking its time to buy again) is as good but will keep the 96 just in case.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Work

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5 out of 5 stars

OK CHOICE

by Nicky from Joshua,TX. on Wed Aug 15 2007

friend had one, neat little car. little squeezed in the back seat though and even if it was just slightly windy you felt like you were being pushed all over the road.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Our Take on the 1996 Kia Sportage

The adage ''you get what you pay for'' never was more true than for the Kia brand of vehicles from South Korea.

You don't pay much for a Kia.

And in terms of quality, you don't get much, either.

The Sportage is the second Kia I've tested this year; earlier I spent a week driving the Sephia sedan. As with the Sephia, the Sportage has a very pleasing, contemporary appearance and a very respectable engine and transmission. Yet underneath the shapely metal lurks a host of hideous deficiencies that give the vehicle a resounding feeling of cheapness.

If you don't mind paying less for a vehicle that delivers less, then you may not be bothered by a few rattles, soggy brakes, strange noises, parts that... Read More