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OWNERS review of the 2014 Kia Sportage LX


This is my review after a few weeks of ownership of the Kia Sportage. Wood pellet burning season is over, so the only thing I could find to haul was ceder mulch, which isn’t exactly a fair comparison.

I put these in it, but I paid more for them at the dealer
I also put one of this in it, but bought this one from Amazon


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  1. that little cargo thing i believe is a sub woofer space if ever you decide to upgrade your sound system from 4 speakers to four speakers + sub woofer that's were the woofer would go

  2. did you try the Hyundai Tucson before you bought this? _ I have a 2012 2.4 AWD get about 33 mpg highway in the summer …it's a well made car except the ride is somewhat on the stiff side but great on good roads with little to no body roll…and nowhere near the thick A pillar…and good acceleration…

  3. Mark, you mention the acceleration was lacking on your LX model, I test drove the SX model with the turbo and there was plenty of acceleration plus some. 

  4. My Sportage 2.0 liter diesel here in Korea has lots of power and torque. 184bhp and 40nm (295lb foot) of torque……oh, sorry. That engine is not available in the USA. You guys don't like diesel for some reason.

  5. I agree with you about those thick 'A' posts but I suppose it all adds strength to the roll gage, my gripe is that and the combination of the door mirror placement.

  6. Great review, very detailed. I differ on the gas mileage, because I work driving a lot, and it's gas milage is better than the Toyota Yaris I used to drive. Anyway for the price I can't complain. Keep the reviews coming!

  7. It's interesting to hear from an owner and to see how the Sportage has changed since our model; we owned a 2005 Kia Sportage EX V6 with the older 4WD system. The engine was dead silent at lower RPMs, and didn't sound too bad under hard acceleration. Back then the only transmission available with the 4WD and 2.7L V6 was a 4-speed automatic with Tiptronic. The whole drivetrain was reliable but ultimately sluggish.

    Power delivery was something of a grey area, it could go when it felt like it, but the 4-speed highly limited that high-revving V6's ability to perform well and run efficiently. Reliability was solid, and Kia has only been improving that since, but overall quality was lacking. While the materials were fitted nicely and extremely durable, they didn't seem to have the same refinement as some of the competition. Everything said though, this new Sportage and Kia/Hyundai's new crop of l4 engines seems horribly lackluster compared to our model, not to mention their obnoxious noise!

  8. I am looking at buying a Kia Sportage 2WD LX 2014 sometimes this month. I see that there is a 2015 4WD for sale as well for around 3k more. Not sure which way to go now. Of course money is one factor. Advise?

  9. I have a 2014 Sportage and it is the best vehicle I've owned so far. That noise in the engine? I don't hear that at all. Not like your sound. It is much quieter.

  10. In the very beginning of the video you said that the pillar to your left is a major blind spot. Well actually my 2009 Pontiac G6 has the exact same problem and I'm about to trade my car in for a used 2014 KIA spotage with 32,000 miles on the engine. At least it's better to have something new with the same problem than it is to buy something new that has a worse problem.

  11. I have just purchased a used one and get it sometime this week coming. Definitely an upgrade compared to what I did have! I am excited to start driving it 🙂

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