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This Complete Report is brought to you by: COMPLETE REPORT Welcome to our Decision Guide Complete Report. It puts all the information you need on this vehicle at your fingertips. We give you objective test figures, and more. Our collective expertise, combined with the most comprehensive testing program around, lets us truly put vehicles in the proper context for you. The in-depth reviews, road tests, and comparison tests included here don't just tell you what a vehicle can do. Our real-world observations and judgments, based on our many years of experience with all types of vehicles, help you to understand the qualitative nature of performance. Kia Sportage EX Base price: $20,589 Vehicle type: front-engine, front-drive; 5-door 5-passenger wagon COMPLETE REPORT CONTENTS Content Section Detailed vehicle specifications 1 Capsule Review 2 Road tests, reviews & related feature articles 3 J.D. Power and Associates Power Circle Quality Ratings 4 NHTSA crash-test ratings 5 Kelley Blue Book detailed vehicle pricing & standard equipment 6 COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 1: Specifications Kia Sportage EX Base price: $20,589 Vehicle type: front-engine, front-drive; 5-door 5-passenger wagon Base price: $20,589 Vehicle type: front-engine, front-drive; 5-door 5-passenger wagon Interior volume, F/M1/M2/R (cu ft) 56/NA/NA/48 Cargo volume, seats up/maximum (cu ft) 24/67 Wheelbase 103.5 in Length/width/height 171.3/70.9/66.7 in Turning circle 35.4 ft Curb weight 3344 lb EPA city/hwy mpg 19/25 Fuel-tank capacity/range 17.2 gal/327 mi Passive restraints driver and passenger front, side, and curtain airbags; rear curtain airbags Bed capacity (cu ft) 43.6- POWERTRAIN 2.7-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6, 173 hp, 178 lb-ft; 4-sp auto SUSPENSION F ind, struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar R ind, struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar BRAKES F/R vented disc/vented disc ABS standard Future Product Intelligence 2005 Kia Sportage EX Redesign on new Camry platform, to serve as a destination vehicle for older customers. COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 2: Capsule Review Kia Sportage EX Kia, which is to Hyundai as Chevrolet is to General Motors, is taking a page out of GM's playbook by basing its new Sportage on the Hyundai Tucson, much as GM has done with Chevy's TrailBlazer, which appears under a bunch of brand names. Although Kia retained the old name, the new Sportage bears no resemblance to its predecessor. Like the Tucson, it is built on a strengthened and stretched Elantra platform that provides considerably more interior space than the old Sportage. The new model also offers more variety, with a broader choice of engines, drivetrains, and trim levels. The base engine is the Elantra's 2.0-liter four-cylinder, with a standard five-speed manual and an optional four-speed automatic. For those who want more power, there is an optional 2.7-liter V-6 that puts out 173 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Although these engines appear to be adequate, both the Sportage and the Tucson would likely benefit by offering the more powerful 200-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 option from the Santa Fe if they wish to be on a par with such competition as the 200-horsepower V-6 offered in the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute. The Sportage can be ordered with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, depending on model. The full-time four-wheel- drive system senses when one or both front wheels lose grip and automatically diverts up to 50 percent of engine power to the rear wheels. If necessary, the driver can engage four-wheel drive at low speeds, dividing power evenly, 50/50 to the front and rear wheels. The Sportage has independent front and rear suspension systems. It comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, fitted with 215/65 R-16 tires. The all-disc braking system has anti-lock with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) as standard. Inside, the Sportage has a rear-seat design that lowers the cushion into the rear footwell and permits the backrest to fold down to create a square-sided, flat-floor cargo area. This operation can be carried out without removing the rear head restraints. With the rear seat folded, the length of the load area extends to 64.4 inches and longer items can be accommodated by folding the front-passenger-seat backrest. There's also an internally carried spare-tire and a top-hinged liftgate with a flip-up window. Kia introduced the new Sportage at the Paris auto show in fall 2004 with the usual hopeful hyperbole, saying the vehicle is "sure to be an instant sales success." Well, we'll see. This is a tough segment with lots of serious competition. COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 3: Reviews, Road Tests and Features 2006 Charting the Changes â€” Kia Kia October 2005 Kia is methodically revamping its entire lineup. Last year, it debuted a Spectra and followed it up with a Sportage. For 2006, the former gets a new transmission and the latter adds an air-filtration system. More significant, 2006 sees the introduction of new Rio four- and five-door models powered by a new 110-hp, 1.6-liter DOHC CVVT four-cylinder engine. And there's a brand-new version of the Sedona minivan, which will include a standard fold-flat-into-the-floor third-row seat. Unchanged: Optima, Amanti, Sorento. Select another manufacturer COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 3: Reviews, Road Tests and Features Kia Sportage EX 4WD Back from a hiatus in the think tank, this little SUV has a new mantra. BY RON KIINO May 2005 According to Kia's president and CEO, Peter M. Butterfield, Kia is to Hyundai what BMW is to Mercedes. Translation: Like BMW, Kia is focused on building sporty vehicles, while Hyundai, Ã la Mercedes, is bent on delivering more luxurious cars. Before you get your Jockeys in a bunch and start bloviating about how Hyundai and Kia are really the same company and BMW and Mercedes are distinct rivals, we know. And if you're thinking the Hyundai Tiburon is sportier than anything sold by Kia or the Kia Optima is as posh as any Hyundai, yeah, we know that, too. Butterfield was referring more to how the product line will look in the future and not how it looks today. Still, some of the present goods—namely, the SUV you see here—back up his claim. We picked up our EX test vehicle in San Francisco, and after a few miles THE VERDICT traversing the rippled pavement of downtown, we found that Butterfield's claims Kia Sportage EX 4WD and Dickie's sport tuning quickly gained credibility. Compared with the Tucson, the Sportage exhibited a noticeably firmer ride, the four-wheel independent strut suspension relaying what seemed like every road imperfection through to the driver's seat. The ride was never unforgiving—any initial sharpness seemed to get absorbed rather than transmitted—but it did communicate the surface in detail. For a so-called sporty vehicle, this is a good trait, giving the driver an accurate sense of how hard he or she can push the tires. In the case of our Sportage, the 235/60R-16 BFGoodrich Traction T/As can be pressed for 0.75 g on the skidpad, just 0.03 shy of the Spectra5. When not screeching on the skidpad, the Sportage seemed to have a level of adhesion higher than its 0.75 g indicated. On the winding roads around Santa Cruz, our EX test vehicle displayed minimal body roll and maintained a flat feel through snug arcs. The steering was accurate and linear but numb in feel, and it was the only control that offset the overall connected Highs: Responsive ride and handling, sense provided by the suspension and brakes, the latter delivering an impressive high-quality interior, great warranty. 172-foot stopping distance from 70 to 0 mph. Whereas the ride and handling imparted a sporty feel to the Sportage, the Lows: Uncomfortable seats, tepid powertrain did not. The 2.7-liter V-6—good for 173 horsepower and 178 pound- engine, stubborn transmission. feet of torque—felt generally sluggish, overburdened by our test vehicle's 3740 pounds. Comparatively, a four-wheel-drive V-6 Escape we tested in March 2001 The Verdict: Kia delivers a sport-utility packed 200 horsepower yet, at 3491 pounds, weighed substantially less. The vehicle—and just about succeeds. Sportage rambled from 0 to 60 mph in 10.2 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 17.6 ticks at just 79 mph, the former about two seconds behind numbers posted by the Escape, not to mention a CR-V with a 160-hp four-cylinder. Not helping matters were the rather unrefined nature of the engine, which tended to sound thrashy near the top of the rev range, and the obstinate behavior of the four- speed automatic. Pin the throttle, and gears shift with the haste of a slug, the kickdown to the lower gear eating up enough time for the driver to glare at the shifter and say, "Let's go!" Upshifts transpired at about the same pace, and like the downshifts they occurred in less than a seamless manner. If there's a silver lining, it's the manumatic feature, which allowed the driver to dictate shift points, thus alleviating some of the sluggishness. Kias used to treat passengers to subpar interiors with simple plastics, fit and finish that wouldn't have won any prizes, and noise levels not too far removed from those of heavy-duty diesel pickups mucking about in the mud. We are here to say this is no longer the case. Cruising down a freeway through Bakersfield was an exercise in serenity, with nary a noise emanating from wind or road. The materials—even the hard plastic covering the dash—have a premium look, if not feel, that belies the bottom-line price. There are even luxury cues (Watch out, Hyundai!) such as damped movement on the glove-box and sunglasses-holder doors. Ergonomics are excellent, thanks to a straightforward dash layout with easy-to-use controls. We do have a complaint involving the seats. Our seven-hour drive from the City by the Bay to the City of Angels felt more like 10, owing to the front seats' flat cushions and lack of lumbar support. Numb rear ends and fatigued backs were the side effects. Making matters worse was the slick leather—it was difficult to maintain a secure position. We'd vote for more supportive, bucket-like seats. And although we can't comment on the comfort of the 60/40-split back seats over an extended drive, we can say the rear offers commendable levels of head- and legroom, as well as plenty of foot space under the front seats. Loading gear into the cargo area can be done via the liftgate or the back window, which opens separately. The dual opening is a nice feature, as is the optional under-the-floor storage tray that's handy for concealing valuables. The people who predict such things estimate that by 2009 the small-SUV segment will account for 1.7 million units, a 38-percent increase from the 1.2 million units sold last year. Since the Sportage is one of the few small sport-utes to come with healthy doses of sport—plus its 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and vastly improved quality (indeed, Kia has demonstrated a 64-percent improvement in initial quality over the past five years, according to J.D. Power)—Korea's "sport" brand should have little difficulty moving its projected 45,000 units this year. It's a modest piece of the pie and one that no doubt will be appetizing to those looking for value, quality, and a hint of BMW X5. COUNTERPOINT ANDRÉ IDZIKOWSKI After a two-year absence the Sportage is back, but did anyone notice it was gone? This segment of the market is packed with offerings from every major manufacturer, and it's getting difficult to tell them apart. Kia needed to make a bolder statement with the Sportage's exterior styling or under the hood with some extra muscle from its engine offerings. The styling is clean, with the usual bulging wheel arches to give it that off-road look, but otherwise, it's just another face in a big crowd. A little more power from the optional V-6 would help, too; 173 horsepower doesn't exactly hustle the Sportage's 3740-pound bulk down the road. TONY SWAN Although unremarkable, the '05 Sportage doesn't provoke any negative reactions, which is not at all a bad thing. Decent in the looks department, adequate in the power department, and loaded with features at a bargain price, the formula is tough to beat. Neither Kia nor parent company Hyundai invents much of anything, but they're good at assimilating new stuff in attractive, reliable vehicles that undercut their competitors by enough to make them hard to ignore. All things being equal, I'd take a Honda CR-V over the Sportage without a second thought. But with a $2000-to-$3000 price advantage, the Sportage suddenly becomes a lot more compelling. TOM COSGROVE The return of the Sportage might not change the automotive climate. In fact, some might not have noticed a temperature change when it went away. Others might not notice its return. It resembles its slightly larger Sorento sibling so much that you might have trouble picking it out of a police lineup. The Sportage isn't a bad design, quite clean, but does Kia's having two sport-utes with similar dimensions, styling, and relative prices make sense? Honda has a pair of entry-level utes with related specifications but radically different styles appealing to different tastes. With the sport-utility segment heating up every year, it seems Kia should have thought a little more outside the box with its new design. KIA SPORTAGE EX 4WD Vehicle type: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door wagon Price as tested: $22,865 Price and option breakdown: base Kia Sportage EX 4WD (includes $590 freight), $21,990; Leather package, $800; cargo tray, $75 Major standard accessories: power windows, locks, and sunroof; remote locking; A/C; cruise control; tilting steering wheel; rear defroster and wiper Sound system: Kia AM-FM radio/cassette/CD player, 6 speakers ENGINE Type: V-6, aluminum block and heads Bore x stroke: 3.41 x 2.95 in, 86.7 x 75.0mm Displacement: 162 cu in, 2657cc Compression ratio: 10.0:1 Fuel-delivery system: port injection Valve gear: belt-driven double overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder, hydraulic lifters Power (SAE net): 173 bhp @ 6000 rpm Torque (SAE net): 178 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm Redline: 6500 rpm DRIVETRAIN Transmission: 4-speed automatic with manumatic shifting Final-drive ratio: 4.04:1 4-wheel-drive system: full-time with automatic rear-axle engagement and an open front differential Gear - Ratio - Mph/1000 rpm - Max test speed I - 2.84 - 6.8 - 44 mph (6500 rpm) II - 1.53 - 12.6 - 82 mph (6500 rpm) III - 1.00 - 19.3 - 115 mph (6000 rpm) IV - 0.71 - 27.2 - 115 mph (4200 rpm) DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 103.5 in Track, front/rear: 60.6/60.6 in Length/width/height: 171.3/70.9/66.7 in Ground clearance: 7.7 in Curb weight: 3740 lb Weight distribution, F/R: 58.3/41.7% Curb weight per horsepower: 21.6 lb Fuel capacity: 17.2 gal CHASSIS/BODY Type: unit construction Body material: welded steel stampings INTERIOR SAE volume, front seat: 56 cu ft rear seat: 48 cu ft cargo, seats up/down: 24/67 cu ft Practical cargo room, length of pipe: 126.5 in largest sheet of plywood, l x w: 64.0 x 39.8 in no. of 10 x 10 x 16-in boxes, seats up/down: 13/39 Front-seat adjustments: fore-and-aft, seatback angle; driver only: front height, rear height Restraint systems, front: manual 3-point belts; driver and passenger front, side, and curtain airbags rear: manual 3-point belts, curtain airbags SUSPENSION Front: ind, strut located by a control arm, anti-roll bar Rear: ind, strut located by 1 trailing link and 2 lateral links, anti-roll bar STEERING Type: rack-and-pinion with power assist Turns lock-to-lock: 3.1 Turning circle curb-to-curb: 35.4 ft BRAKES Type: hydraulic with vacuum power assist and anti-lock control Front: 11.0 x 1.0-in vented disc Rear: 11.2 x 0.4-in vented disc WHEELS AND TIRES Wheel size/type: 6.5 x 16 in/cast aluminum Tires: BFGoodrich Traction T/A, P235/60R-16 99T M+S Test inflation pressures, F/R: 30/30 psi Spare: high-pressure compact C/D TEST RESULTS ACCELERATION: Seconds Zero to 30 mph: 3.3 40 mph: 5.1 50 mph: 7.5 60 mph: 10.2 70 mph: 13.3 80 mph: 17.8 90 mph: 23.6 Street start, 5-60 mph: 10.6 Top-gear acceleration, 30-50 mph: 5.2 50-70 mph: 6.6 Standing 1/4-mile: 17.6 sec @ 79 mph Top speed (governor limited): 115 mph BRAKING 70-0 mph @ impending lockup: 172 ft HANDLING Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.75 g Understeer: minimal moderate excessive FUEL ECONOMY EPA city driving: 19 mpg EPA highway driving: 23 mpg C/D-observed: 19 mpg INTERIOR SOUND LEVEL Idle: 43 dBA Full-throttle acceleration: 75 dBA 70-mph cruising: 66 dBA COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 4: Vehicle Quality Ratings Power Circles were designed as an easy-to-use system for rating products and services.Please note: Power Circle ratings are based on surveys sent to more than 50,000 new-vehicle owners nationwide. These ratings do not include all information used to determine J.D. Power and Associates awards. No data available for this vehicle. About J.D. Power and Associates Since 1968, J.D. Power and Associates has been conducting quality and customer satisfaction research based on survey responses from millions of consumers worldwide. We do not rely on "expert opinion." Our product and service rankings in no way reflect the opinions or preferences of the firm, and we do not review, judge or test products and services ourselves. We represent the voice of the customer by translating survey responses into information that companies worldwide use to improve quality and customer satisfaction, as well as to help consumers make better decisions. J.D. Power and Associates has developed and maintains one of the largest, most comprehensive historical customer satisfaction databases in existence, which includes feedback on virtually all aspects of the shopping, buying, and product and service ownership experience. COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 5: Crash Test Ratings Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationâ€™s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)crash tests cars, light trucks, sport-utility vehicles, and vans that are new, popular, redesigned, or have improved safety equipment. These vehicles are then rated on how well they protect drivers and passengers during frontal and side collisions. NCAP uses a five- star system for rating vehicles, with five stars indicating the highest safety rating and one star the lowest. Although it is impossible to assess how well a vehicle provides protection in all circumstances using a single test, NCAP ratings provide a useful basis for comparing vehicle safety. For more information, visit http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/ No data available for this vehicle. About the NHTSA: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, and through grants to state and local governments to enable them to conduct effective local highway safety programs. NHTSA investigates safety defects in motor vehicles, sets and enforces fuel economy standards, helps states and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers, promotes the use of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags, investigates odometer fraud, establishes and enforces vehicle anti-theft regulations and provides consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics. NHTSA also conducts research on driver behavior and traffic safety, to develop the most efficient and effective means of bringing about safety improvements. COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 6: Kelley Blue Book Kia Sportage EX BASE INVOICE BASE MSRP 44242 2WD Sport Utility 4D (Auto) Price With Destination Charge and Required Equipment 19,565.00 20,890.00 PRICING DETAILS AND REQUIRED MINIMUM EQUIPMENT INVOICE MSRP Base Pricing 18,975.00 20,300.00 Destination Charge 590.00 590.00 Required Minimum Equipment 0.00 0.00 Price with Destination Charge and Required Minimum Equipment 19,565.00 20,890.00 Note: Base price does not include optional equipment, advertising or other dealer costs. See links above to view and select optional equipment. For more detailed pricing please visit www.kbb.com. OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT Engines -- \Models w/V6 2.7L Engine STD STD - (N/A Models w/4-Cyl 2.0L Engine) No data for this vehicle. No data for this vehicle. Tires No data for this vehicle. No data for this vehicle. -- (4) P235/60R16 \Models w/V6 Engine STD STD - (N/A Models w/4-Cyl Engine) STANDARD EQUIPMENT Alternator, 90-Amp Axle Ratio, 4.53 Battery, 60-Amp Brakes, Power F&R Disc Braking System, F&R Anti-Lock Clock, Digital Clock, Digital (Stand Alone) Console, Overhead w/Storage Cup Holders, F&R Defroster, Rear Window Door Locks, Power Drivetrain, 2WD Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Fuel Filler Door Release, Remote Control Fuel Tank, 15.3 Gal Cap Glass, Rear Privacy Light, Cargo Comp't Mirrors, Dual Power Mirrors, Dual Visor Vanity Power Outlets, F&R Radio, AM/FM Stereo w/CD Restraint System: Dual Front, F&R Head Curtain & Front Side Impact Air Bag Roof Rails Seat, Split Folding Rear Seats, Cloth Bucket w/Flat Fold Passenger's Seats, Cloth Bucket w/Split Folding Rear Skid Plate, Front Skid Plates, Front Stability Control Stability Program, Electronic Stabilizer Bars, F&R Steering Wheel, Tilt Steering, Power Table, Rear Seatback Tachometer Tire, Limited Use Spare Tires, (4) P215/65R16 Tow Hooks, F&R Towing Cap, 1500-lb Max (When Properly Equipped) Traction Control Trans, 5-Spd Manual w/Overdrive Trans: Manual, 5-Spd w/Overdrive W/S Wipers, Variable Intermittent Wheels, Alloy Windows, Power Wiper/Washer, Rear Window Axle Ratio, 4.63 Console, Floor w/Storage Trans, 4-Spd Automatic w/Overdrive Trans: Automatic, 4-Spd w/Overdrive Alternator, 120-Amp Axle Ratio, 4.04 Battery, 68-Amp Engine: V6, 2.7 Liter Fuel Tank, 17.2 Gal Cap Speed Control Tires, (4) P235/60R16 Towing Cap, 2000-lb Max (When Properly Equipped) Alarm System Cargo Cover Cargo Net Cladding, Lower Body Side Entry System, Keyless Remote Control Fender Flares Floor Mats Floor Mats, F&R Fog Lights, Front Mirrors, Dual Heated Power Moldings, Wheel Lip Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/CD, Cassette & MP3 Steering Wheel, Leather-Wrapped Sun Roof, Power Trip Computer Special fees, credits and incentives No data for this vehicle. -- Loyalty Rebate (Expires 3-31-05) - (Must Be Owner of Qualifying Vehicle -- See Dealer No data for this vehicle.
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