2002 Sportage New Car Test Drive
If the Kia Sportage looks like a tough little truck, it's because that's exactly what it is. Kia's Sportage is built like a truck, on a separate ladder frame; and it uses a truck-like four-wheel-drive transfer case that locks the front and rear axles together for serious off-road slogging. Yet its passenger compartment is roomy, and it comes with a reasonable list of car-like appointments.
The list of standard features grows with the 2002 model year. Not changed is Kia's Long Haul Warranty that includes five years or 60,000 miles of basic coverage and 10 years or 100,000 miles for the powertrain.
Kia Sportage is available as a four-door wagon or a two-door convertible. Both body styles are offered with two- or four-wheel drive.
The least expensive model is the 2WD convertible at $14,645.
The 2WD four-door hardtop starts at $17,095.
All Sportage models are powered by a 2.0-liter twin-cam 16-valve four-cylinder engine. ABS ($490) is available as a stand-alone option on all models.
For 2002, standard equipment has been upgraded to include air conditioning, an upgraded audio system, privacy glass and alloy wheels.