2017 Kia Sportage Review And Performance

The new 2017 Kia Sportage offers both style and versatility in a car that is often difficult to find on many of its rivals. There are number of pleasing and interesting features offered in this small crossover making it as one of the best choices for 2017. These benefits include silent cabin at freeway speeds, smooth ride over bumps, generous front and rear seats, interesting dashboard layout, many interesting features and agile experience in turnings. Unfortunately, it has worse fuel economy than some better competitors, restricted cargo load, and poor power offered by optional turbocharged engine.

2017 Kia Sportage Exterior And Trim Levels

2017 Kia Sportage images

2017 Kia Sportage images

The small 5-seats crossover SUV comes in three trim levels, the base LX, the EX and the SX Turbo. The base LX features LED running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a telescoping-and-tilt steering wheel, 60/40- folding split backseat, rear climate vents, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 5-inch touchscreen, and satellite radio. The 2017 Kia Sportage SX Turbo adds adaptive xenon headlights, 19-inch wheels, LED lights, automatic high beams, LED turn signals, power-folding mirrors, a sport-tuned suspension, a panoramic sunroof, an auto-dimming backing mirror, paddle shifters, an eight-way passenger power seat, and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon acoustic system.

2017 Kia Sportage Performance

2017 Kia Sportage

2017 Kia Sportage

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard on Sportage LX and EX trim good for 181 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. A powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is standard for the SX Turbo model boasting 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet. Standard for both engines is a front-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission is while all-wheel drive is optional. The standard 2.4-liter engine offers average acceleration and worst fuel economy 26 mpg combined, 23 city and 30 highway fuel economy. The 2017 Kia Sportage FWD SX Turbo returns 23 mpg combined, 21 city and 26 highway fuel economy which is unimposing for a four-cylinder powered small crossover though it has better fuel economy than the previous Sportage.