The Kia Sportage debuted in the early 1990s and marks the company’s well-known model. It began as an SUV with small dimensions for a truck, but it underwent a redesign a couple of years back that updated it with a different structure and emphasis on value. Not much change has been made since. Kia combines a smooth ride with agile handling and the style of an SUV. It Its classy cabin features materials of good quality, smart rear seat, and great ergonomics. It also has an abundant list of standard safety equipment.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Kia Sportage LX, Kia Sportage EX
The 2007 Kia Sportage's new Sport package for the LX V-6 adds sport gauges, fog lights, a black mesh grille, a leather shift knob and steering wheel, an upgraded audio system, and a rear spoiler. Other than the sport package, it remains unaffected for 2007.
The 2007 Sportage seems about average for rugged, daily-use SUVs. The trim levels for the 2007 Kia Sportage include the LX and EX. It uses either all-wheel drive or front drive. The standard features of the LX and EX include skid plates, 16-inch wheels, a roof rack, a rear defogger, privacy glass, intermittent wipers, and cargo tie-downs for carrying items. The EX differentiates itself with the V-6 engine, foglamps, heated mirrors, and a sunroof. Optional packages for adding exterior features are also available. The sport package adds sport gauges, fog lights, a black mesh grille, and a rear spoiler for the V-6 LX.
The 2007 Kia Sportage uses good-quality materials, providing a very good build quality. Standard features for the LX include power windows, power locks, a CD player, air-conditioning, and tinted glass. The EX adds a trip computer, keyless entry, and a CD player with MP3 capabilities. Package additions include the luxury package which adds heated front seats, leather upholstery, a premium stereo system, and an elegant auto-dimming mirror. The sport package offers a shift knob and steering wheel wrapped in leather for a touch of class.
Performance & Handling
Kia offers two good engine choices for the 2007 Kia Sportage LX: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 2.7-liter V-6. The EX only comes with the V-6 engine. The four-cylinder produces 140 horsepower with 136 lb-ft of torque, while the V-6 delivers 173 hp with 178 lb-ft of torque. The LX with the 2.0-liter comes with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Other models come standard with the four-speed automatic.
Driving the 2007 Kia Sportage is entertaining, as well as comfortable with the carlike ride. This sporty compact SUV offers great handling. The smoothness of shifting gets hindered by the automatic compared to the competition. Even though the six-speeds may have a small advantage, the V-6 can certainly stay within the power band. Fuel economy is decent but not top-notch.
Standard safety features for the 2007 Kia Sportage include anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, curtain airbags, and side airbags. The EX also comes equipped with a tire pressure monitor. The Sportage earns an ""Acceptable"" rating from the IIHS, and the NHTSA awards five stars for front and side crash protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Kia Sportage LX: 20/25 mpg city/highway
Kia Sportage EX: 17/23 mpg city/highway
- Numerous standard safety features
- Impressive warranty
- Functional and stylish interior
You Won't Like
- Underpowered compared to rivals
Leads the compact SUVs in value but investigate competitors with stronger engines before making a final decision.
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