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1995 Kia Sportage Review
Kia’s breakout off-road toy.
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The 1995 Sportage provides a new sport utility vehicle offering from Kia. Drivers familiar with later Sportage models experience a slight shock. Instead of a bargain-priced SUV or crossover SUV, the original Sportage looks like a fairly average off-road model.
While the 1995 Kia Sportage does little to distinguish itself from the competition, it performs solidly enough to be a viable choice in its price range. It does not present much of a threat to higher-priced vehicles, but options remain pretty limited for the low price of the Sportage. Drivers looking for a low-priced, off-road vehicle could find the Kia Sportage fits their needs quite well.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Kia Sportage, Kia Sportage EX
The Kia Sportage starts as an all-new model, making its debut in 1995.
Measuring in at 159.5 inches long, the Kia Sportage remains a fairly small SUV, measuring almost as small as the Jeep Wrangler. The 1995 Kia Sportage EX includes alloy wheels and power mirrors as standard equipment. A roof rack and an exterior spare tire mount provide options for the exterior.
The 1995 Kia Sportage includes few internal accessories. The base model only offers power windows and power locks as standard features. The Sportage EX also has standard cruise control. Both models can add an AM/FM radio, a cassette player, and air-conditioning as optional equipment. Buyers of the Sportage EX can also opt for leather seating as an option.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Kia Sportage remains somewhat underwhelming across the board in terms of performance. The acceleration and maneuverability falls a little on the weak side on roadways. The off-road performance gets better, but still remains fairly mediocre for an SUV with its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. The engine pairs with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. The small size seems a little misleading, since it performs about as well as most low-priced, off-road SUVs. Standard four-wheel drive marks the main performance highlight, since it gives the 1995 Kia Sportage good traction in most situations. This greatly aids the Sportage’s off-road performance.
While the Sportage offers a bargain-priced vehicle, the standard safety features remain fairly average even compared to far more expensive vehicles. The 1995 Kia Sportage comes equipped with dual front airbags and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes on all models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Kia Sportage five-speed manual: 17/21 mpg city/highway
- Four-wheel drive
You Won't Like
- Poor-quality construction
- Small cargo room
- Fairly different design from most of the Sportage lineup
Kia’s breakout off-road toy.
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