2009 Kia Sportage

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2009 Kia Sportage

Key specs

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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

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  • LX


  • EX


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2009 Kia Sportage trim comparison will help you decide.

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 design 4.1
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews


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.


Great car

Plenty of leg room. Nice A/C. Runs great. Has room to not be squished. Nothing fancy and very economical. Great family car. Even has remote start and satellite radio.


Comfort style and performance and more

I bought a used Sportage 2009 LX in a very good shape and except fixing some wear parts like suspension parts, brake parts and timing belt kit, I was surprised by the value of the car. The 2.7 V6 engine is an economic fun to drive one. The interior materials are not cheap plastics and keep looking new after all these years...Kia I fair with Standard options. Highly recommend.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
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
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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