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#77 of 149 I don't know about you all...
Aug 01, 2010 (6:32 pm)
but this has got to be about the best looking SUV I've ever seen. My wife and I owned a 2001 Kia Sportage 4X4 and it was solid and built like a tank, yet it was still fun to drive with the 5-speed stick. But Kia has progressed to being more of a world-class automobile manufacturer since 2001 and this new Sportage is in a class above the old "Jeep/Army" looking Sportage that we enjoyed. Got ta tell you guys this new 2011 Kia Sportage is a real knockout.
2011 Kia Sportage
Being a good fan of Mitsubishi as well as Kia, this is my other favorite SUV offered to consumers at this date.
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander
#78 of 149 Re: Test Drive today - My personal experience [radiowc]
Aug 02, 2010 (4:53 am)
I'm trying to understand your explanation of the ENGINE START/STOP button. Are you saying the vehicle was in motion in the Drive position when you push the button Why would you do such a thing? That's like turning the key off while you are driving!
You said the engined stopped when you did this and was scary - wouldn't it have been more scary if it didn't shut off?
If you are not familiar with how it works, why would you try something like that on a test drive without first reading about it in the owners manual or knowing full well what the consequences would be (its covered from page 5/7 in the manual which you can download from KGIS). "In an emergency situation while the vehicle is in motion, you are able to turn the engine off and to the ACC postion by pressing the ENGINE START/STOP button for more than 2 seconds or 3 times successively within 3 seconds."
#79 of 149 Re: Test Drive today - My personal experience [conwelpic]
Aug 02, 2010 (5:15 am)
Yes I did that when the suv is in motion and in "D", the reason why I pressed the "Start/Stop" button cos i want to know how easy it is to kill the engine. And by testing, it is just by one very soft touch of the button and the Engine shut off completely, rather that I have to pressed down the button couples of second to kill the engine. Just like like when you try to power down your laptop. That just surprising. Well for me, definately i wont do that. Also it is not as easy as conventional key where you have to actually have to turn the key before you can do that.
The reason why i said that, because you never know, some front passenger side idiot friend with itchy fingers/hands or drunk passenger might press that button for you without you knowing or by accident. then it may cause accident.
Anyway....Thanks for providing me more info on the "ENGINE Start/Stop" function and show me the exact pages This is really very useful information for me since i never had those function before. Hahaha as usual, people always afraid to try new thing.. I guess this is just me :p
After reading the manual, that is good... it resolved my concern now.
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#80 of 149 How much did you pay for your KIA Sportage 2011?
Aug 02, 2010 (5:32 am)
Hello Sportage Owners,
Hope you can share with us, how much did you pay for your KIA Sportage 2011?
like the trim level, package(s) you pick? Did you pay below, or above your MSRP? or the sticker prices on the windows
#81 of 149 Finally Kia Sportage lived up to it name
Aug 02, 2010 (7:42 am)
Finally Kia Sportage lived up to it name... thanks to Peter Schreyer.
#82 of 149 AWD only available in Dec 2010???
Aug 02, 2010 (8:44 am)
Anyone know or notice? I saw some of the video on youtube, it said the AWD only available in Dec 2010 in US?????? WHAT!!!! can someone help confirmed that? Pleaaeeeeeeeeee
#83 of 149 Re: I don't know about you all... [iluvmysephia1]
Aug 02, 2010 (12:02 pm)
We looked at the Outlander first and after driving even the SE model the Sportage just seemed a step down. Features, interior layout, cargo utility and it's feel on the road.
The Sportage felt like I was driving a wheel on an arcade game. Super easy to make turns, but there was very little road feedback. We've pretty much decided to take the Sportage off our list and go after an Outlander.
Definitely drive it, though! I've come from a couple sports cars so these both give a different feel.
#84 of 149 Re: I don't know about you all... [ianoble]
Aug 02, 2010 (12:11 pm)
I guess, different car/suv have different feel, it is all depends on whether this car/suv will suite your life style or budget. I am currently driving a Buick SUV on the luxury trim and i still feel this Sportage will fit most people. If i can turn back the time, I will definately pick this Sportage over my Buick
Aug 02, 2010 (1:57 pm)
Earlier this year Idrove a rental Sportage for a few days while on vacation .Probably was a 2009. Sadly we were badly disappointed with the rental... horrible gas mileage and brutal seats which we were never able to adjust in a comfortable position. Today I sat in but did not drive a 2011 Sportage. Huge difference. First thing I noticed, while still 'stiff', the seats were VERY adjustable! Visibilty out the back was noticably poor. Tight to start with, then you add high seat back and you just plain can't see out the back window. Someday next week I will drive it to see if the visibility is really as poor as I expect.
The saleman said the 2.4 is a 'new' engine for the Sportage... borrowed from the Sorrento and Optimo. If true, can anyone tell me what I should expect for mileage? Six speed Auto may take some getting use to.
Overall I was impressed... Already drove RAV now onto a 2011 Tucson.
#86 of 149 Re: I don't know about you all... [ianoble]
Aug 02, 2010 (2:31 pm)
I would think the Sorento would be more of a direct competitor to the Outlander as they are a 5-7 passenger vehicles and just about the same length and both offer the six. The Sportage is considerably smaller and only offering 5 passengers and no six will be available. In the Mitsubishi lineup I would think the new upcoming RVR (or Outlander Sport as it will be called in the US - that's going to cause some confusion), will be more of a direct competitor.