This converted 2008 Kia Sportage is a compact 4x4 camper that has taken me around the US for around 3 months. In my opinion this is the perfect camper for a couple or solo traveller wanting to see the US without having to buy an large and expensive campervan. Excellent gas mileage - up to 25mpg on flat highways. Finding awesome free campsites within National Forest and BLM land was very easy, and having 4x4 to get you out of trouble and a high ground clearance to get you over uneven ground.
The small vehicle has a surprising amount of space with a small kitchen and storage in the rear of the vehicle, storage underneath the bed platform for a pair of coolers and clothes/valuable storage, and a spacious roof box/storage for excess camping equipment or firewood.
At night the passenger seat can be folded down completely and the drivers seat moved forward to quickly setup the nearly full sized bed (mattress is 53in x 75in x 4in - only 59 inches long on one side due to the drivers seat not folding down completely). I planned on splitting my time tenting and sleeping in the car but the mattress was so comfortable that I only spent one night in the tent. At night the battery powered fairy lights that hang from the ceiling provide light and a cosy atmosphere.
The conversion includes a layer of foam board insulation and a couple layers of reflectix insulation underneath the bed platform. There are also reflectix insulation cutouts for the windows which provide insulation and privacy. The insulation makes 3-4 seasons camping manageable with the right sleeping gear. For example in -2F (outside) the car didn't get colder than 10F. There is also a remote start button on the keys which can be used in extreme cold temperatures to warm the car up while sleeping - remote start automatically turns off after 10 mins.
The starter motor and ignition switch were replaced (a common issue with this car that you no longer have to worry about!) in early June by a AAA registered mechanic and a full diagnostic test did not find any other issues. New all season Hankook tires with a 40k mile warranty were put on the car a few months ago (around 18k miles ago) so there should be at least 22,000 miles left on the tires.
The vehicle was perfect when I travelled solo and was spacious enough for travelling with my partner for over a month. It has now seen over 30 National Parks, and as many Parks and National Monuments. I hope the car can continue to be used as a camper and provide the next owner as much comfort and utility and it did for me!
The car is still being used occasionally so the mileage might change slightly.