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2009 Kia Sportage

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

171.3” x 66.7”


Front-wheel drive



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

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX


  • EX


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Our 2009 Kia Sportage trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

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

2009 Kia Sportage review: Our expert's take

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.

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)

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)

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior 4.1
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.4
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Most recent consumer reviews


My magic carpet

In 2019, I rode my bicycle to a dealer with A '09 Sportage LX, 5-speed stick for sale. I hadn't owned a vehicle in the ten years prior. I'm a decent shade-tree mechanic, and all I hoped for, was to be driving it when it was paid for. At this writing, it is mine, and riding on a new set of Goodyears. The repairs needed were typical, and I will enjoy it until it falls apart.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 4.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Having fun
  • Does recommend this car
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My 09 is still writing strong and 2022

I have had my Kia Sportage since 2012 it is now 2022 and we are still riding strong it has been an economical dream doing the high gas prices

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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Great vehicle.

It is my Go Cart. Qiuck and nimble in traffic. Good fuel mileage on the highway, loves 65 to 70 miles per hour. it ahs oversize tires and loves to cruise at 65 mph.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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Based on the 2009 Kia Sportage base trim.
Frontal driver
Frontal passenger
Nhtsa rollover rating
Side driver
Side rear passenger


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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