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2017 Kia Sportage

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2017 LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $23,200
2017 LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,700
2017 EX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,700
2017 EX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,200
2017 SX Turbo 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,700
2017 SX Turbo 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,200

Overview

While it's never been the most spacious compact crossover around, the Sportage has always impressed us with its lively performance and high feature content. Those assets carry over to the latest iteration, along with expressive new styling and a welcome boost to interior room.

What's New for 2017

The Sportage has been completely redesigned.

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Choosing Your Kia Sportage

The Sportage's makeover is especially evident at the front, where a double-notched grille and large light pods provide a sportier, more expensive look. The body is slightly longer than before, which translates into a few extra inches of rear seat room. Cargo space has grown from a below-average 54.6 to a more typical 60 cubic feet.

As before, the front-drive Sportage starts out with a 181-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The available turbocharged 2-liter provides a stout 241 horsepower for class-leading performance. Both engines can be paired with all-wheel drive for a reasonable $1,500. The revised suspension provides a smooth ride without compromising the Sportage's traditionally nimble handling.

The Sportage is again offered in base LX, plusher EX, and turbocharged SX trims:

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LX

Carries the 2.4-liter engine along with a rearview camera, rear privacy glass, reclining rear seats, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio. The LX rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels.

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EX

Creates a more luxurious interior environment with heated leather seats with driver power, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. You also get a larger touchscreen with integrated smartphone apps. Outside are heated mirrors and 18-inch wheels. The available Premium package tacks on a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. You can go all out with the Technology package, which furnish all the Premium contents, plus navigation, a power liftgate, a Harman Kardon surround-sound system, lane departure warning, and front collision mitigation with automatic braking.

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SX Turbo

Gets the more powerful 2-liter turbo (exclusive to this trim), plus unique trim, wheels, and exterior lighting. The SX comes standard with all the EX's options.

As with most Kia models, there are no individual factory options for the Sportage, although numerous dealer-installed accessories are available.

CarsDirect Tip

If the premium features in the EX's option packages appeal to you, we recommend stepping up to the SX, where all that is standard along with the potent turbocharged engine.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The Kia Sportage has long been a value leader in the compact crossover segment, and its design has been steadily improving. With a bold redesign in 2017, Kia looks to take its small people hauler to a new level of awesomeness. So, is it an over-styled flop or a fresh take on an already-successful model?

Pricing and Equipment

As a leader in value, the Kia Sportage checks in with a relatively low price of entry considering its standard features. In its base trim level, the LX, the Sportage checks in at just $23,885 (delivery fees included) and comes with:

  • Seventeen-inch wheels
  • LED running lights
  • Auto headlights
  • Five-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker sound system

Buyers looking for a little something extra will find two additional trim levels: EX ($26,395) and SX Turbo ($33,395). The aforementioned prices are for front-wheel-drive models; all-wheel-drive runs an additional $1,500 across the board.

Performance Pros

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With an optional 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, we found the Sportage plenty quick and more refined than ever before.

  • Up to 240 horsepower from turbo four-cylinder delivers plenty of pop for its class
  • Even the 2.4-liter non-turbo delivers a respectable 181 horsepower
  • Advanced all-wheel drive predicts wheel slip for ideal traction

Performance Cons

Though Kia tuned its transmissions and engines for fuel economy, the Sportage still struggles to deliver in this area. We also found that the transmission wasn’t ideal on hilly terrain.

  • Base model is okay at 30 mpg highway, but turbo engine falls short at 26 mpg highway
  • Transmission had issues with hunting for the right gear on hills

Interior Pros

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The interior design is a nice contrast to the bold exterior styling since Kia toned things down a bit inside. We also found the cabin roomier than the body’s dimensions led us to believe.

  • Plenty of legroom and headroom in the front and rear
  • The cargo area is ample at a maximum of 30.7 cubes and a low liftover height
  • Loads of features for its price, making it a superior value in its class
  • Plenty of premium options to choose from

Interior Cons

Finding faults inside the 2017 Sportage was tough for us, but we did feel that the rear seats were a little tight in terms of width.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Kia has been working hard on its interior quality, and it hit the nail on the head inside the Sportage. There are plenty of premium features, soft touchpoints, and stylish angles to keep most buyers pleased, plus there are tons of high-end options for more discerning buyers. Kia really created a crossover for the masses in the 2017 Sportage.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Fuel economy is a sore spot for the Sportage as it tops out at just 26 mpg combined. Making matters worse is the 22 mpg combined rating of the 2.4-liter-equipped model with all-wheel drive. While this is not awful relative to its main competitors, there is no thrifty option like the RAV4 and Crosstrek offer with their hybrid models, and the Hyundai Tucson’s Eco trim.

The Bottom Line

The Kia Sportage is an excellent choice for buyers looking for the best bang for their buck without concern for fuel economy. However, those with long commutes will find they are using a lot more fuel than expected in a small crossover like the 2017 Sportage.

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Specs & Features

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Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 181 HP / 175 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 181 HP / 175 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel / Compact
Fuel Tank
16.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$63
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
60.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
99 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
176.4 "
Exterior Width
73.0 "
Exterior Height
64.4 " / 64.8 "
Front Headroom
39.3 "
Rear Headroom
39.1 "
Front Legroom
41.5 "
Rear Legroom
38.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,305 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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