2008 Kia Sportage

Sorry, Phil, but I can't quite get my head around this aging Kia. I found the power barely adequate despite the V-6 engine. Also, the 17/21 city/highway EPA mpg rating just isn't good enough. The archaic four-speed automatic surely doesn't help either issue. The ride and body control aren't up to class standards, and the Sportage suffers from that old, dorky Korean styling that thankfully is quickly disappearing as both Kia and Hyundai dramatically improve their products. Yes, the Sportage has a mega warranty, stability control, plenty of airbags, and heated leather seats, but you're still better off with newer, more impressive, and more fuel efficient offerings like the Honda CR-V or the recently revamped Ford Escape.

Marc Noordeloos, Road Test Editor

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