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What is the towing capacity of a 1997 Kia Sportage?


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Answered 2011-09-15 11:04:13

Uh, supposedly it is 2,000 lbs. uh don't try it! you have got to stop too!

maybe light utiliry trailer like the $500.00 ones at home-depot sell, carrying a lawnmower,but that's about it.

The tow rate was 3500 lb maximun and only recommend for 5-speed manual transmission. Remember that with a trailer on, you're expect to leave at least a car driving space in front of you incase you break and it depends on your tow weight.

For towing off-road like gravel road, the ABS activate a lots but for my experience I was driving at about 30/35 mph on rough gravel road with 2WD. Last, you need to down shift more than just break alone. It help you lower your speed for shorter duration, prevent ABS activatation, and help stop quicker.

I've been driving my 1997 Kia Sportage 2WD with 187k offroad with my toy due to it's fuel mileage, 24 mpg with minimum reving and speeding, seat 5, gears, and foods. Depends on your passenger and tow rate, my least was 250mpg/12 gal tank (288mpg max)

The trailer is SnowBear 4.5X8 @350 lb dry weight and a 2005 Bombardier Outlander 400 Max @ 700 lb. Freeway speed is good which you can still drive around 70-80 mph. Uphill climb is fair. With 2wd, steep uphill require some lower gear and driving skills/knowledge.

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