1997 Sportage

Consumer Reviews

1997 Kia Sportage

$1,362 - $2,154  MSRP Range

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Our Take on the 1997 Kia Sportage

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 instance. And the Korean baby truck also strikes us as being far too "teenage" for adult tastes.

At first glance, the under-$16,000 base price makes the Sportage seem like a real bargain against the more expensive Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 - until you take a closer look at some of its flaws and idiosyncrasies and what... Read More