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2002 Kia Sportage

The first Kia Sportage was produced ontop of the Mazda Bongo platform. It was a smaller SUV, sold in either a two-door soft top or four-door bodystyles. The vehicles were sold in low numbers and were even recalled on two occasions for problems with the rear wheels dismounting while in use. The Sportage, however, was the first vehicle to be equipped with a knee airbag.

Production of the Kia Sportage continued in the North American market until 2002; worldwide, it continued until 2003.

The Sportage was out of the market for two years before the next generation was introduced. It was built ontop of the Hyundai Elantra and Tucson platform, and was Kias first crossover SUV. In comparison to the first generation, the Sportage has become more tamed - better suited for road use and less for 'off-roading'

The Sportage is available with an optional V6 engine which offers over 170 horsepower. It rests comfortably on a 103.5-inch wheelbase and has both front- and four-wheel drive capability.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007

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August 2020
57,015
June 2020
47,870
May 2020
45,817
April 2020
31,705
March 2020
45,413
February 2020
52,177
January 2020
40,355
December 2019
51,229
November 2019
50,504
October 2019
50,007
September 2019
44,619
August 2019
60,730
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