2009 Kia Sportage

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Kia Sportage. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Low base price
  • Decent ride quality
  • Turning circle
  • Seat-folding operation
  • Manageable size
  • Reliability and warranty

The Bad

  • Front-seat comfort
  • V-6 gas mileage
  • Aging interior
  • Small cargo area
  • So-so crash-test ratings
  • Highway passing power

Notable Features of the 2009 Kia Sportage

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD or AWD
  • Standard stability system
  • Seats five

2009 Kia Sportage Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Kia Sportage is a compact SUV that competes with other small SUVs, such as the Jeep Compass and Ford Escape. Because Kia and Hyundai share corporate parentage, the Sportage is related to Hyundai's Tucson.

The Sportage is offered with front- or four-wheel drive in LX, LX V6 and EX V6 trim levels.


New for 2009
The 2009 Kia Sportage gets a revised front end and redesigned taillamps; the SUV also now has standard satellite radio, with three months of free service, plus a standard USB input for MP3 players and an optional iPod integration unit.

Exterior
For 2009, the Sportage gets a new front end, which includes redesigned headlamps, a new bumper and grille, and redesigned taillamps.

Twin roof bars are integrated into sloping D-pillars, which are outlined by black moldings. The top-hinged tailgate contains a flip-up window, and the spare tire mounts under the floor.

Built on a 103.5-inch wheelbase, the unibody Sportage measures 171.3 inches long and 66.7 inches tall. The Sportage is slightly smaller than the Escape and Compass.
  • Available 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard power mirrors (heated on EX V6)
  • Optional rear spoiler
  • Sunroof (EX V6)
  • Fog lamps (optional on LX V6, standard on EX V6)
  • Front windshield de-icer (EX V6)


Interior
The Sportage seats up to five and has a height-adjustable center console. There's 103.9 cubic feet of passenger space, which is more than the Escape and less than the Compass.

With Kia's Drop & Fold rear seating sy...
Vehicle Overview
The Kia Sportage is a compact SUV that competes with other small SUVs, such as the Jeep Compass and Ford Escape. Because Kia and Hyundai share corporate parentage, the Sportage is related to Hyundai's Tucson.

The Sportage is offered with front- or four-wheel drive in LX, LX V6 and EX V6 trim levels.


New for 2009
The 2009 Kia Sportage gets a revised front end and redesigned taillamps; the SUV also now has standard satellite radio, with three months of free service, plus a standard USB input for MP3 players and an optional iPod integration unit.

Exterior
For 2009, the Sportage gets a new front end, which includes redesigned headlamps, a new bumper and grille, and redesigned taillamps.

Twin roof bars are integrated into sloping D-pillars, which are outlined by black moldings. The top-hinged tailgate contains a flip-up window, and the spare tire mounts under the floor.

Built on a 103.5-inch wheelbase, the unibody Sportage measures 171.3 inches long and 66.7 inches tall. The Sportage is slightly smaller than the Escape and Compass.
  • Available 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard power mirrors (heated on EX V6)
  • Optional rear spoiler
  • Sunroof (EX V6)
  • Fog lamps (optional on LX V6, standard on EX V6)
  • Front windshield de-icer (EX V6)


Interior
The Sportage seats up to five and has a height-adjustable center console. There's 103.9 cubic feet of passenger space, which is more than the Escape and less than the Compass.

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, which beats both the Escape and Compass. To accommodate long items, the backrest of the front passenger seat folds down.
  • Standard cloth seats; optional leather upholstery (EX V6)
  • Standard air conditioning (excluding base LX with manual transmission)
  • Standard satellite radio and USB jack for MP3 players
  • Standard power windows, locks and keyless entry
  • Standard cruise control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob optional on LX V6, standard on EX V6
  • Heated front seats optional on EX V6


Under the Hood
A five-speed manual gearbox is standard in the base four-cylinder, and a four-speed automatic is available. All V-6 models come with the automatic. The Sportage is available with two different drivetrains.
  • 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 136 pounds-feet of torque
  • 173-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 with 178 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual transmission (standard on LX)
  • Four-speed automatic transmission (optional on LX, standard on LX V6 and EX V6)
  • Standard front-wheel drive
  • Optional full-time four-wheel drive (all trim levels)


Safety
Standard safety features include:
  • Front-seat-mounted side airbags
  • Side curtain airbags that cover all seating rows
  • Four-wheel antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability control



Latest 2009 Sportage Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love my Kia

by D Kia on July 10, 2018

I Never had any problems with my car. I make sure I keep up on all requirements for warranty. The only issue I have is the a/c is not very cold in the back and my kids complain when it?s 110 outside. Read full review

(5.0)

The Best Car for those learning to drive

by I miss my KIA from Charlotte, NC on June 5, 2018

This was the first car I owned. This car taught me how to drive, drove my to and from the mountains where I went to college, and has taken me across the state, sat in rush hour with me, and taken my ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Kia Sportage currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Kia Sportage LX w/o A/C

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
poor
Overall Front
acceptable
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
marginal
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
poor

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
marginal
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Kia
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 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 warranty

    10 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    164-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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