MSRP: $299$4,163
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 20-21
Engine: 130-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x2
Seats: 5
1997 Kia Sportage


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We've been hunting for the baby sport-ute equivalent of a Swiss army knife. You know, a practical, affordable tool with lots of "surprise and delight" features, as the marketing folks like to say. Unfortunately, the 1997 Kia Sportage 4x4 has more "surprise and disappoint" features - the puzzling addition of a driver's side "knee bag," but the lack of a passenger air bag, for instan... Read full review for the 1997 Kia Sportage

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4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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