I can say for sure that my 2017 SX will be 5 years old in a couple of months. About 62,000 trouble free miles and it's fun to drive.I'm buying a new 2021 KIA Sportage and would like to inquire as to their reliability? Thank You
Kia and it's Theta II engine have had some problems in the past, but it affects very few people. Honda has been known to have the best reliability in the segment, but some of those have had problems as well. When you buy a new car, there is always the possibility that you purchased a lemon -- with any brand. Most of us have had very good reliability, however. Personally, I wouldn't let reliability get in the way of buying this car. While I like my Sportage, I'm not sure I'd buy another one. I'm not brand loyal and always try to choose the best car for me at the time. I like driving and handling, sometimes aggressively, and am impacted by how the car looks. I think the Sportage is the best looking car currently in the segment. But the handling is not the best and it does suffer from above average road noise and low mpg. While my next car may be an EV, if I had to choose a car in this segment today it would be between the new Mazda CX-5 or the upcoming Genesis GV-70 (which has not been released as yet). The new CX-5 is a bit quieter (the older ones were noisy) and has better handling. The Genesis is based on the G-70 chassis and will be very quiet with decent handling. I have not test driven the Mazda CX-30, but I would. If money is no object, I like the Macan, but it's hard to justify the price.I'm buying a new 2021 KIA Sportage and would like to inquire as to their reliability? Thank You
The different modes change the shift points. ECO lowers the shift points. But you still have 6 forward gears so once the car is in high, all of the modes are the same because the modes cannot change the gearing. Depending on the way you drive, ECO can either lower mpg or raise it. If you drive aggressively in ECO mode, you will be lugging the engine, which results in lower mpg. If you drive very carefully in ECO mode accelerating very slow and coasting to stops, you will get better mpg, but only slightly. If you drive the same way in NORMAL mode, you will also get better mpg. In my own limited testing, driving very economically, the mpg was almost precisely the same either way. If you do mostly highway driving, you'll get virtually no benefit from ECO mode and you will limit yourself because emergency handling will suffer slightly. Much of the benefit of ECO mode is psychological. When people put the car in that mode, they tend to drive more economically. If you calculate how much money you'll save on gas with normal driving between ECO and SPORT mode over a year, it's very small, if you have a difference at all. If you were really interested in economy, you would not have purchased an SX and probably not purchased a Sportage.Can I get an explanation here? Just getting up to speed on the Sportage - I'm guessing there's an issue here with ECO?
Ditto SS: My 17 SX will be 5 years old in June and I have 63,000 trouble free & enjoyable miles on it 👍🏼I can say for sure that my 2017 SX will be 5 years old in a couple of months. About 62,000 trouble free miles and it's fun to drive.
I would suggest that you use at least 87% top tier gas and NEVER use ECO mode. Good luck.