If you are looking for an economical vehicle with enough space for a young family, look no further than the 2007 Kia Sportage LX. My wife and I have enjoyed Kia small-size sedans over the years, however with the arrival of our first child in 2009 we realized we needed more space.
We purchased our used 2007 Kia Sportage LX from a dealership for just under $10,000 and we feel we received a huge bang for our buck. A brand new Sportage has a base-price of over 17,000 and while the new design is quite tempting, it just didn’t make financial sense for us to spend the extra $7,000-10,000.
The jade-green paint job was the first feature that caught our attention and the vehicle that we purchased was very well-maintained. The interior and exterior were spot-less and when we test-drove the vehicle it felt as if we were driving a brand new SUV. The odometer was the only way we could tell that the vehicle was pre-driven.
With gas prices hovering around $3.50 a gallon for the national average I would have to say that the 4-cyclinder engine is the best feature of the 2007 Kia Sportage LX. Our family has literally saved hundreds of dollars over the years on gasoline and we still have all the space we need for strollers, diaper bags, toys, etc. The trunk space of the 2007 Kia Sportage is more than ample and the fold-down rear seats allow for larger items to be transported when necessary.
The engine has enough power to move you along however you can only expect so much from a 4-cyclinder. The cruise control makes longer trips a little easier and highway driving is comfortable.
Power windows and locks and a rear-windshield wiper were nice upgrades from the Kia Rio and Kia Spectra that we formerly owned and we have been very impressed with how smooth the ride is. The 2007 Kia Sportage LX has the feel and handling of a smaller sedan but the interior space of an SUV.
The only negative feature of the 2007 Kia Sportage LX has been the radio buttons. The design is kind of clunky and we accidentally splashed sweet tea on the radio at one point and it has been impossible to clean. It’s obviously our fault for making the mistake however the button-design doesn’t help any. The speakers are satisfactory but nothing to write home about.
Some people scoff at the brand name “Kia” however I have had nothing but positive experiences from the 3 Kia vehicles that I have purchased. We plan to upgrade to a Sorento with our next vehicle purchase. My mother owns one now and we have towed our family boat without a problem. The Sorento has more of a truck feel but with another baby in our future, we need the extra space!