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2014 Kia Sportage Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Decent car for the price as long as you stay around town or take short trips by bogieworf1

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Introduction

This is an OK CUV whose main attraction is being a fair amount of car for the price, but not the car you want for long road trips

Reviewed: 2014 Kia Sportage

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Why the 2014 Kia Sportage?

Price or payments

The car is very well optioned for the price

Warranty, maintenance cost

Love Kia's 10-year warranty and that I was able to get all the electronics warrantied for 10 years for just another $1500.

Interior storage compartments

The car has generous storage compartments with USB connectivity.

Cargo capacity

Adequate room for my 100 lb dog for short trips in the cargo area become the 2nd set of seats

Reliability & durability

While the car does not feel all that "solid", the car has been relible and durable

Why Not the 2014 Kia Sportage?

Handling

Handling is just not that good and is most apparent on road trips or on any twisty road

Safety & braking

Car feels unde-braked at highway speeds. Not a car I would drive aggressively at all

Front seat support & comfort

Seats are just not comfortable for any trips lasting more than an hour. I'm 6'1 and my wife is 5'6" and we both found the seats to be uncomfortable on long trips

Driving position & visibility

Visibility is OK for this class of car, but the driving position is uncomfortable for longer drives

Audio & nav systems

The audio is no better than OK. The infotainment center takes too long to start up and the requirement to check off the legal disclaimer for use at every start is tiresome. Controls are not particularly user friendly. One nit, we cannot connect two phones to the system. If it is possible, Kia has made it too hard to figure out

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Response from NormT

2:14 pm August 10, 2017

We dive a Sportage onto the street in front of the dealership and it followed every seam in the road. Continued to talk motorcycles with the sales as he used to sell bikes, or I would have turned around right away. We ended up buying a 2013 Buick Encore and really enjoyed the lease time.

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