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.