2006 Kia Sportage Consumer Reviews

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2006 Kia Sportage
4.5
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Excellent Value/Driveability Combo

by from Raleigh, NC on May 6, 2009

We bought our 2WD 6Cyl EX back in Nov. '05 and have been more than pleased with it in all ways. Very reliable, high utility, good comfort and fun to drive. I would like better than our 20 mpg all arou...
We bought our 2WD 6Cyl EX back in Nov. '05 and have been more than pleased with it in all ways. Very reliable, high utility, good comfort and fun to drive. I would like better than our 20 mpg all around, but since we only avg 8,000 miles a year the MPG has not been a big deal. I really don't think we could have made a better choice and expect to keep this vehicle for many more years.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

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This Vehicle is a Winner

by from Florida on December 8, 2007

I bought the 2006 V6 2WD LX model back in November of 06, so I've had it for a little over a year now. This is an excellent all-around vehicle. The V6 has good acceleration, especially in the higher ...
I bought the 2006 V6 2WD LX model back in November of 06, so I've had it for a little over a year now. This is an excellent all-around vehicle. The V6 has good acceleration, especially in the higher gears. A little bit of lag taking off from rolling stops until you get used to it. Gas mileage has been as good as if not a little better than advertised. I get just under 20 in the city and right at 24 on the highway. The cargo ability is fantastic as I was able to carry two (detached in two pieces) recliners in the back with the back seats down. Plenty of room in the back compartments to carry tools and any non-combustible cleaning supplies. Also has good lighting, sharp-looking interior and exterior, a handy sunglass holder, nice drink coasters front and back, and easily seats 5 adults. Leg room in the front is not the greatest on longer trips that require liberal usage of the brake and gas, but I am 6'3" tall. And the AM radio reception is a little basey (even with full treble turned on), which just takes getting used to.
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Best deal in town!

by from Rockford ,Illinois on July 21, 2006

I bought a Kia Sportage LX V6 AWD and I would have to say that I have never been to fond of foreign vehicles, but the Kia Sporage has a great warranty and the saftey features that come standard with t...
I bought a Kia Sportage LX V6 AWD and I would have to say that I have never been to fond of foreign vehicles, but the Kia Sporage has a great warranty and the saftey features that come standard with the 6 system airbags, it was a vehicle that I could not pass up for the options and the price. The vehicle is sporty looking and the interior is quite stylish and very roomy compared to the other suvs I had considered before my purchase. I have had my sportage for 1 month now and we have put 2600 miles on it we live in Northen Illinois and drove it to Tennessee we averaged 24mpg on the highway and 22 in the city---pretty impressive for a SUV V6. The ride was very smmoth on the road and we decided to take it off road while in Tennessee up the mountins and it did very well going up the mountain not slugish or lack of torque at all.Overall Iam Very HAPPPY with my new car purchase. I have been ased by several people at intersections what I was driving and I would tell them Kia and they don't believe that Kia made a vehicle that nice. I have sent 2 people to the local dealership where I purchases mine to look a Kia and one person purchases a Sportage and the other a Sorento. KIA KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!
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Very impressive car

by from marrero,la on September 29, 2008

On the highway it really holds it's own. Easy to drive. I move some furniture, Will the rear seats down and the plastic covers on the back, this car is very easy to load and holds alot. I'm happy!
On the highway it really holds it's own. Easy to drive. I move some furniture, Will the rear seats down and the plastic covers on the back, this car is very easy to load and holds alot. I'm happy!
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2006 better than 2000

by from Middleburg, FL on December 3, 2008

I'm a second time Kia owner. My first was the Sephia - very much a piece of garbage. It gave out way too early; the first to go was the catalytic converter....everything followed from there. I'm now ...
I'm a second time Kia owner. My first was the Sephia - very much a piece of garbage. It gave out way too early; the first to go was the catalytic converter....everything followed from there. I'm now a 2006 Kia Sportage owner and I was doubtful at first, but have spoken to quite a few people and they've given this vehicle a thumbs up. I'm not all that crazy about the engine noise at higher speeds, but over all; it's roomy, it's efficient and I think we're gonna become the best of friends.
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The car holds alot

by from Nashville, TN on November 3, 2007

I bought this car to haul things. It was a good price and it has a good amount of cargo space and comfortably holds three people in the back. I put on a tow bar to tow a uhaul trailer. It did a great ...
I bought this car to haul things. It was a good price and it has a good amount of cargo space and comfortably holds three people in the back. I put on a tow bar to tow a uhaul trailer. It did a great job.
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Best Kept Secret in Mid SIzed SUV Marketplace

by from Cary NC on March 23, 2013

The Kia Sportage is the best mid sized SUV value on the planet. We have owned this and a CRV and there is hardly any difference between the two in overall appeal. The Kia has a nice V6 vs the CRVs 4 c...
The Kia Sportage is the best mid sized SUV value on the planet. We have owned this and a CRV and there is hardly any difference between the two in overall appeal. The Kia has a nice V6 vs the CRVs 4 cylinder. Bottom line this is one of the most reliable cars we have ever owned.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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A great little vehicle

by from Atlanta on February 19, 2016

Purchased this vehicle used with 120,000 miles. Currently at 145,000 with zero issues. Originally my wifes car, this is the 2006 kia lx 4 cyl FWD. It is cheap to own, economical and very reliable. Ot...
Purchased this vehicle used with 120,000 miles. Currently at 145,000 with zero issues. Originally my wifes car, this is the 2006 kia lx 4 cyl FWD. It is cheap to own, economical and very reliable. Other than regular maintenance, the vehicle inside is like new with the only wear being the steering wheel beginning to crack at the top. Only work to the car done was new brakes, rotors, transmission fuild drain &fill (myself) and new tires (tire shop). Other than that, this thing is great! Kia is so great that my wife now drives a 2015 Kia Sorento and love it too!
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2006 Sportage LX AWD V6

by from Suburban Washington, DC area on November 3, 2006

My wife and I purchased this vehicle after test driving many vehicles for 3 weekends in a row. She hates to car shop and was about to have a nuclear meltdown if we test drove further vehicles. We na...
My wife and I purchased this vehicle after test driving many vehicles for 3 weekends in a row. She hates to car shop and was about to have a nuclear meltdown if we test drove further vehicles. We narrowed the choices down to 8 vehicles. The Kia was always at the top of the list. The performance, ride, comfort, handling, and price made the choice easy and we decided that it was the suv for our family. We have 2 teens and a ten year old at home who all play soccer, run track, build school projects, etc., and the Kia satisfied the family needs. It's very smooth cruising the interstates or in city driving, and cruises along at 75 mph very nicely. There is plenty of room in the back seat for the 3 kids and their "stuff" stows away in the rear cargo area. The rear seatback reclines for more comfort and leg room is generous. The engine runs very smoothly and can hardly be heard at idle. MPG has been right around the 22 range, however we got 24 mpg during a 350 mile highway soccer trip. At 2,000 miles we are very pleased. Some things to keep in mind when buying a Kia: many options on the suv's are not standard, and have to be purchased, which I believe is poor marketing on Kia's part. Keyless entry, mats, and rear tonneau cover are options. We negotiated these into the purchase price and the dealer decided to "throw them in" as incentive for us to purchase the Sportage. Always shop near the end of the month for a better deal, and be prepared to walk away from the dealership after you give the salesman your info. They will call back if you tell them you're buying in the next week and usually sweeten the deal. Also when shopping for any vehicle, have 1 or 2 alternate vehicles picked out in case the deal goes sour and you don't like the car, salesman, manager, etc. In our case, the alternate was the Mazda 5 Sport Wagon.
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Enjoy my Sportage

by from Bristol, Indiana on May 10, 2006

After driving my new 2006 Kia Sportage for about two weeks now I am extremely happy with it. I have the V6 engine and it is quite responsive especially when needing to accelerate to pass. The ride is ...
After driving my new 2006 Kia Sportage for about two weeks now I am extremely happy with it. I have the V6 engine and it is quite responsive especially when needing to accelerate to pass. The ride is quite smooth and very quiet. The vehicle looks rather small on the outside but it is surprisingly large on the inside. There is ample cargo space in the back with easy access using the rear lift gate. Also, the amenities on the inside are plentiful. I especially enjoy the six-speaker stereo and easy accessibility of the center console controls. The gas mileage has been as advertised with an average of 22mpg in the city. I have not had it long enough to say what the highway mileage will be. All in all I am most impressed with the vehicle and the 10 year/100,000 mile warranty gives me extra peace of mind. I would heartily recommend this vehicle to anyone.
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