My brother, the black sheep who is still good, recently moved to Reno to make fancy-ass kitchen knives. He had been living in DC with no car and needed a vehicle. He wants to hit ski hills and cart around crap so crossover it was.
He had been looking at cheaper older stuff but he really hoped to get something new-ish, reliable and with at least some warranty. He ended up with this CPO 2018 Kia Sportage LX AWD (the base model) with the popular equipment and tech packages. 17" wheels, cloth seats and no sunroof, none of which I think are necessarily bad things, and otherwise pretty well equipped. Even on the base model with a couple packages, Kia isn’t stingy with the options.
I like the Sportage. Sure, it looks weird and it’s not as premium or nice-handling as my wife’s Mazda CX-5, but it’s a good honest un-fussy comfy efficient reliable crossover with an actually-decent awd system complete with a sorta-kinda center diff lock button, and weird styling. In a cool copper color which has led my brother to name it his doodoo brown poopmobile. As I said, he is good.
It does have some shitty-ass Ironman Radial RB-12 tires on it, a.k.a. the cheapest fucking tires the dealer could find so they could say new tires, that are confirmed to be horrendous in rain and probably also in snow. So he’ll be getting tires after he gets a couple paychecks but they are sufficient for a month or two.
It has 30k miles, a year of bumper to bumper warranty, and extends the original powertrain warranty to 10 years 100k miles from original in-service date. He paid $16,755, which feels like a fine deal, but it’s a little weird because that was the advertised internet price “discounted” $2,685 from $19,440 (suuuure) and they basically refused to haggle. But, I don’t think he got hosed, that seems like a decent enough price, and dealers have been moving towards minimal haggling on used cars for a minute now.
Congrats on the new job, city, and car, stupid-ass bro.
UPDATE: A couple pics from my brother instead of the ones I grabbed from the dealer’s website.