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Day by Day Review: 2013 Kia Sportage car test drives kia daily car reviews
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I guess not much has changed in the last few years on our forums. Many still think $40,000 for a Kia is too much — I like to think a car can be priced to the market and let that market decide. Although compared to the competition, my Kia Sportage tester is perhaps a little on the high side, it is also optioned better as well.

But enough of that, how does that interior hold up for a vehicle in this price range? I think it is actually pretty darn nice, to be honest. Materials seem to be of quality and the fit and finish seems clean and solid. The last Sportage I tested, I complained about creaks and rattles; there are absolutely zero in this one.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Kia Sportage car test drives kia daily car reviews
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As with most of these crossovers the seating is high, but I have found the Kia to be slightly higher resulting in my leg brushing the side of the vehicle every time I get in and out of the driver’s seat — in the winter that can prove to be pretty gross.

The driver’s seat seems comfortable so far — I’ve had problems with other Kias before, but my back is doing just great so far this week. It seems, though, that the steering is ever so slightly off-centre from the driver’s seat so I always feel like I’m leaning slightly — could just be me; it is odd indeed.

The exterior of this crossover is downright sexy, the wheels are pushed out right to the corners, giving it a very aggressive and sporty stance. But the visibility is horrible as a result — forget seeing anything out back, learn to rely on that backup camera and keep it clean, because otherwise you may as well just back up with your eyes closed.

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Day by Day Review: 2013 Kia Sportage car test drives kia daily car reviews
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There certainly are some very passionate people in our forums, both for and against this Kia. I’m not passionate about it either way, to be brutally honest. It is a nice vehicle but after driving it for a few days it has some traits that I am not enjoying.

The ride quality is on the harsh side, on rough and uneven pavement it feels like the vehicle is bouncing around and as a passenger inside you really get thrown around. When you aren’t being thrown around you are being punished by the potholes. On smooth pavement, the Sportage feels very well planted and through the curves the suspension takes a nice set as the Sportage hugs the corner.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Kia Sportage car test drives kia daily car reviews

Steering feel is good and the brake feel is solid for a crossover vehicle — again even biased slightly towards the sporty side.

Out on the highway the ride is quiet with very little road and wind noise. The engine, however, can be heard even in city driving; as you accelerate it makes a high pitch type of sound. Once underway, the automatic shifts into high gear and there is very little noise.

The 2.0L turbo puts out a lot of punch and acceleration is very brisk if you mat the accelerator to the floor. But in normal day-to-day driving I have found that the accelerator is programmed in such a way as to discourage rapid starts or quick acceleration. What this translates into is very tepid acceleration until you stomp on it because you are fed up — and then BAM — a huge amount of power as the transmission downshifts.

This isn’t a problem only on this new Kia; many new small turbo engines with automatic transmissions suffer from this. The programming that Kia has provided certainly aims for fuel economy — and if you are happy being the guy or girl with a car weaving behind them after every red light it won’t bother you one bit.

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