2007 Kia Sportage

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$15,900

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2007 Kia Sportage

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Manageable size
  • Safety features
  • Fuel economy with four-cylinder
  • Ride comfort
  • Visibility
  • Front-seat space
  • Good resale value

The bad:

  • Some engine noise at higher speeds
  • Moderate passing and merging acceleration
  • Four-cylinder performance potential

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $15,900

  • EX

    $21,395

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2007 Kia Sportage trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Redesigned for 2005
  • Larger than its 1995 - 2002 predecessor
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Six airbags standard

2007 Kia Sportage review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Besides a minor exterior tweak, the 2007 Kia Sportage is identical to last year’s model.

During Kia’s early years in the U.S. market, the South Korean automaker offered two models: the Sephia sedan and the Sportage sport utility vehicle. A new Sportage debuted for the 2005 model year, joining the company’s larger Sorento SUV. Because Kia and Hyundai share corporate parentage, the Sportage is related to Hyundai’s Tucson.

Longer in wheelbase than the original Sportage, the current model has a wider track and a more powerful standard engine. Larger and roomier than its predecessor, the Sportage is offered with front- or four-wheel drive in LX and EX trim levels.

For 2006, the Sportage received an improved spiral-type antenna and a standard air-filtration system. A tire pressure monitoring system became standard on the EX.

Exterior
Built on a 103.5-inch wheelbase, the unibodied Sportage measures 171.3 inches long overall and 66.7 inches tall. Styling echoes the Sorento’s, and flared wheel arches help establish what Kia calls a “strong visual presence.” A horizontal-bar grille sits above a lower air intake. For 2007, the rear receives additional chrome trim.

Twin roof bars are integrated into sloping D-pillars, which are outlined by black moldings. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires. Dual exhaust pipes are installed on V-6 models.

Ground clearance is 7.7 inches, and the Sportage has a four-wheel-independent suspension. A roof rack is standard. The top-hinged tailgate contains a flip-up window, and the spare tire mounts under the floor. Fog lights, bodyside cladding and a moonroof are installed on EX models.

Interior
Five occupants fit inside the Sportage. The driver’s seat has dual-height adjustment. With Kia’s “Drop & Fold” rear seating system, the seat cushion lowers and the backrest folds flat, yielding 66.6 cubic feet of cargo space. To accommodate long items, the backrest of the front passenger seat folds down.

A height-adjustable center console is installed. All four doors contain cupholders.

Standard equipment includes power windows with one-touch-down for the driver, power mirrors, cruise control and a six-speaker CD stereo. The EX adds heated mirrors, remote keyless entry, a cargo cover and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Under the Hood
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 140 horsepower, while the 2.7-liter V-6 generates 173 hp and 178 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard in the four-cylinder LX, and a four-speed automatic is available. All V-6 models come with the automatic.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are standard. Six airbags, including side curtain devices, are also standard.

Driving Impressions
With V-6 power, the Sportage yields a pleasant driving experience. Even on rougher pavement, the ride is well-cushioned. Suspension reactions are seldom excessive, and recovery is prompt. Even sizable bumps are partially absorbed.

Other than a little tire noise on some surfaces, the Sportage is quiet, though the engine gets snarly at high rpm. Maneuvering smartly and steering with a somewhat light touch, the Sportage feels satisfyingly secure on rain-soaked pavement. On expressways, however, it takes some concentration to stay centered in your lane.

Automatic-transmission responses are prompt, but downshifting can be sluggish when passing. The gauges are simple but appropriate, and the front passenger gets a thick grab bar. A low cowl aids the view forward, and big side windows help rearward visibility.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

I would buy one again if I had to but I may never

Bought new in 2007 and have never had a problem. Runs great, very comfortable front and back seats. The color remains in good condition and the interior has held up well. Th With one car used by 2 people and several dogs this car has been used. I am in sales and a mobile Dj who is depending on reliability, good gas milage, and adaptability. The Sportage has all of that and 4WD for snow. It dosen't get better than that.

4.9

First and best car I've ever owned

This car is awesome!! The gas mileage is excellent. 240000 miles and engine is still going strong, other than some minor transmission repairs. Awesome in bad weather and held up in a minor accident.

4.1

Most reliable car I’ve owned.

Love this car, super reliable. Starts every morning. 4WD works great. Exterior still looks current. Back seats fold down for hauling. Best car I’ve had.

See all 45 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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