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My one "run about" vehicle is a 2010 Vibe 1.8L auto and its near its EOL (End of Life) replacement. My wife & I love her little FWD car but being so low to the ground, its very hard on my older age back. Thus, need to replace with better in/out entry (re: seat higher off the ground) vehicle. If wondering, NO towing or heavy weight cargo hauling. Just looking for something a little larger than the Vibe but higher off the ground.

With above in mind, how do you like your KIA FWD Sportage? Any pros/cons &/or "should have instead?" details you can share? How's its engine size in strong wind or when one needs the extra "juice" - to zip out of tight spots?

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I bought my SX with two main criteria: 1. As my wife is handicapped the seat height had to be such that she could back her walker right up to the seat and without having to step up, or lower into it, could just set down on/in the seat. The Sportage worked great for that. 2. Was that it had to have some sportiness for me (the SX filled that requirement nicely).

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The SX is rated 6.7 at 0-60. Very quick for a vehicle in this class. As an SX owner I can attest to the fact that its true. In the feature dept. its missing almost nothing. I wish the sound system was a little better and had some of the features of the upcoming 2020 model but overall a great vehicle for a great price.
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To Compensate for my back my wife got a Soul and I got a Sportage.
The Soul is even easier to get it then the Sportage, but the Sportage is more comfortable to drive on the highway, the Soul is mostly used as the City car.
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The Sportage is a decent car and one of the better compact SUV's. There are problems with a small percentage of engines, but most of us are just fine. I chose an EX with packages over the SX for a few reasons:

1. The EX had enough power for everything we wanted to do and acceleration was adequate.
2. The EX has better ride quality than the SX.
3. The EX has better gas mileage.
4. You can get most all of the extra features of the SX with the Premium and Technology packages.
5. The people who have the turbo seem to have more problems than those of us with the standard engine. While I have no data to back this up, it is the sense I get from this forum. That said, most SX owners seem to be just fine.
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For my basic needs (and very thin wallet depth), I'm thinking "base model" with FWD only.

Car mats, seat covers and rear cargo mat from my local discount auto store.

Any pros/cons/tips with the basic LX / non-turbo FWD model?

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If you don't care about 'spirited' driving and extra gadgets - LX is a very good choice.
Also, IIRC 2018 and on models come with oil squirters installed in their block just like the engines in cars sold in Korea.
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If you don't care about 'spirited' driving and extra gadgets - LX is a very good choice.
Also, IIRC 2018 and on models come with oil squirters installed in their block just like the engines in cars sold in Korea.
The SX is BY FAR the better choice! Some may not notice little things like the D shaped steering wheel, etc.,
but there is a reason it is the TOP OF THE LINE.

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The LX would be the appropriate choice, given his budget to work with. EX and SX are nice, but not everyone wants to spend that kind of money.
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Yes. I'm on a budget. Very tight budget. Thus, will most likely be looking at pre-owned (or returned from lease) inventory future buy. I only buy brand new if at extreme discount.

Besides small budget criteria, fancy electronics don't impress me. I don't even want AWD system.... Only must have is tinted windows - which comes with base build. And, my wife wants white outside / black cloth inside. Just the basics in a "run about" vehicle.

Note: On bad weather days, we have 2017 Sorento AWD or our other vehicle - which is long haul touring and/Towing vehicle. Thus, no need for lots of electronic "bling" in my wife's FWD "run about" vehicle.

Thanks for everyone's pre-test drive research help.

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