• (4.2) 21 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $4,190–$10,270
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20-22
  • Engine: 173-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2009 Kia Sportage

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Kia Sportage

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2009 Kia Sportage Reviews

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


Average based on 21 reviews

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Impressive vehicle

by Ron from Springfield, MO on September 11, 2017

My Sportage has meet my every need and then some. The comfort for a smaller car will surprise you. I am big tall guy and have plenty of room in the drivers seat. The ONLY negative, the timing belt nee... Read Full Review

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6 Trims Available

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2009 Kia Sportage Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Kia Sportage EX V6

Moderate overlap front
Roof Strength

IIHS Ratings

Based on Kia Sportage EX V6

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Kia Sportage EX V6

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Kia Sportage EX V6

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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