2001 Kia Sportage

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of the 2001 Kia Sportage. Base trim shown.

2001 Kia Sportage Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Kia’s SUV gets minor changes this year, but bigger news is in the works for 2002, when a longer-wheelbase model is expected to arrive in the United States, perhaps with a V-6 engine. Until then, the Sportage continues as a two-door convertible and a four-door wagon.

Kia is based in South Korea and is currently owned by Hyundai, the country’s largest auto manufacturer. Kia now has the same warranty as Hyundai, a change that reflects the new ownership. The whole vehicle is covered for five years/60,000 miles, major powertrain components for 10 years/100,000 miles and corrosion for five years/100,000 miles. Buyers also receive free roadside assistance the first five years.



Exterior
The convertible has a hardtop over the front seats and a folding canvas top over the rear seats. The wagon is all hardtop and is 170 inches long, about 14 inches longer than the convertible. Both carry a full-size spare tire on the tailgate, have trucklike body-on-frame construction and sport 7.9 inches of ground clearance to give them full offroad capability.



Interior
With 11.5 inches more wheelbase than the two-door convertible, the four-door Sportage has a longer interior that provides more legroom and cargo room. The wagon seats five, and the convertible holds four. In addition to federally required front airbags designed to protect the head and upper body, a driver-side knee airbag is standard.

Power door locks, windows and mirrors are standard on all models. The top-line EX ...
Vehicle Overview
Kia’s SUV gets minor changes this year, but bigger news is in the works for 2002, when a longer-wheelbase model is expected to arrive in the United States, perhaps with a V-6 engine. Until then, the Sportage continues as a two-door convertible and a four-door wagon.

Kia is based in South Korea and is currently owned by Hyundai, the country’s largest auto manufacturer. Kia now has the same warranty as Hyundai, a change that reflects the new ownership. The whole vehicle is covered for five years/60,000 miles, major powertrain components for 10 years/100,000 miles and corrosion for five years/100,000 miles. Buyers also receive free roadside assistance the first five years.



Exterior
The convertible has a hardtop over the front seats and a folding canvas top over the rear seats. The wagon is all hardtop and is 170 inches long, about 14 inches longer than the convertible. Both carry a full-size spare tire on the tailgate, have trucklike body-on-frame construction and sport 7.9 inches of ground clearance to give them full offroad capability.



Interior
With 11.5 inches more wheelbase than the two-door convertible, the four-door Sportage has a longer interior that provides more legroom and cargo room. The wagon seats five, and the convertible holds four. In addition to federally required front airbags designed to protect the head and upper body, a driver-side knee airbag is standard.

Power door locks, windows and mirrors are standard on all models. The top-line EX model comes with a standard CD player, and leather seats are optional.



Under the Hood
All models use a 130-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that teams with manual or automatic transmissions. Both body styles come with two-wheel drive or a part-time 4WD system that can be used on slippery surfaces.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.5)
Performance
(3.2)
Interior Design
(3.5)
Comfort
(3.6)
Reliability
(3.5)
Value For The Money
(3.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Extreme reliability

by Robert1986 from Newcastle NSW on June 14, 2018

Bought this car 2 years ago with 138000 km. It?s now at 185000. Apart from regular wear & tear issues that you?d expect for a car of its age, it?s been awesome! More reliable than the RAV4 I owned ... Read full review

(4.0)

Very enjoyable and fixing is easy

by Bootsbrown from Nanaimo BC on March 19, 2018

Great smooth ride, acceleration is a little rough, but for a 2.0 litre engine I don’t have high expectations. Buy parts is super cheap and it’s easy to self fix small problems. The clearance could be ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2001 Kia Sportage currently has 2 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sportage received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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