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2002 Kia Sportage

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$556 — $5,200 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
19-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Only the four-door wagon model of Kia’s compact sport utility vehicle remains on sale for 2002; the two-door convertible version is gone. Seat belt pretensioners have been added, speakers are upgraded and the hatch gets an outside handle. The upscale EX version gains a cladding-color roof rack and a hard spare tire cover. Sportage sales topped 62,000 units in 2000, an increase of nearly 10,000 vehicles.

Built with trucklike body-on-frame construction, the Sportage offers 7.9 inches of ground clearance — sufficient for full offroad capabilities. Kia is currently owned by Hyundai, South Korea’s largest auto manufacturer. Hyundai also markets an SUV of its own in the United States, called the Santa Fe. Kias come with similar warranties to those offered by Hyundai, which include a 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty, a 10-year/100,000-mile limited warranty on major powertrain components and 5-year/100,000-mile corrosion coverage. Owners also get free roadside assistance for the first five years.

Kia will continue its new-product blitz in early 2002, when the automaker is expected to roll out a new SUV that will be longer in wheelbase than the Sportage and will likely be equipped with a V-6 engine.



Exterior
The Sportage measures 170.3 inches long with a 104.3-inch wheelbase. The SUV stands 65 inches tall and uses a trucklike body-on-frame construction. Tires are 15 inches, and a full-size spare is mounted on the tailgate.



Interior
The Sportage holds ...
Vehicle Overview
Only the four-door wagon model of Kia’s compact sport utility vehicle remains on sale for 2002; the two-door convertible version is gone. Seat belt pretensioners have been added, speakers are upgraded and the hatch gets an outside handle. The upscale EX version gains a cladding-color roof rack and a hard spare tire cover. Sportage sales topped 62,000 units in 2000, an increase of nearly 10,000 vehicles.

Built with trucklike body-on-frame construction, the Sportage offers 7.9 inches of ground clearance — sufficient for full offroad capabilities. Kia is currently owned by Hyundai, South Korea’s largest auto manufacturer. Hyundai also markets an SUV of its own in the United States, called the Santa Fe. Kias come with similar warranties to those offered by Hyundai, which include a 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty, a 10-year/100,000-mile limited warranty on major powertrain components and 5-year/100,000-mile corrosion coverage. Owners also get free roadside assistance for the first five years.

Kia will continue its new-product blitz in early 2002, when the automaker is expected to roll out a new SUV that will be longer in wheelbase than the Sportage and will likely be equipped with a V-6 engine.



Exterior
The Sportage measures 170.3 inches long with a 104.3-inch wheelbase. The SUV stands 65 inches tall and uses a trucklike body-on-frame construction. Tires are 15 inches, and a full-size spare is mounted on the tailgate.



Interior
The Sportage holds five occupants in front bucket seats and a split, folding rear seat. Power windows, locks and mirrors are standard. The top-of-the-line EX model has a CD player, roof rack, air conditioning and alloy wheels, but leather seats are optional.



Under the Hood
The 130-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mates with a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. The Sportage may have either two-wheel drive or part-time four-wheel drive, which is designed only for slippery surfaces.



Safety
Front airbags protect the head and upper body, and a driver’s knee airbag also is standard — a feature found on few vehicles in the U.S. market. Antilock brakes are optional.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.8)
(3.0)

Oldie, but goodie

by Ja sounds from Medford, MA on June 4, 2018

This car is reliable and I love the 4x4. It performed well as a commute car. Always started up easily in winter or summer. AC and heat work well. Happy to drive. Read full review

(5.0)

KIA vehicles are stylish, afforadble and reliable

by style and xhrap from Chicago IL on October 9, 2017

I absolutely love this vehicle it’s comfortable tickets good gas mileage it looks good it wasn’t very Nick very expensive it just holds up very well Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2002 Kia Sportage currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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