The stiff competition in the crossover class makes it hard to rise to the top. With the redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage in Hackettstown NJ, Kia has once again staked an impressive claim for the top spot in this competitive segment. With two versatile engine options and three trim levels, versatility is key on the new Sportage. If you are looking for powerful and sporty crossover, or a fuel-efficient and fun family vehicle, the 2017 Sportage checks all the boxes. Both engines offered on the Sportage can be equipped with all-wheel drive, adding to the safety and capabilities of the crossover.
Several key changes have been made to the redesigned Sportage for the 2017 model year. The backseat of the crossover now offers even more space, creating a roomy environment for passengers. Helping to aid with this comfort is a long list of features and technology systems offered on the various trim levels of the Sportage. In a very competitive class, the 2017 Kia Sportage works hard to stand out from the rest.
Two engines are offered on the new Sportage. Standard equipment includes a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Also available is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that increases the performance numbers to 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
When equipped with the base engine, the Sportage earns an estimated 23 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highways. The larger 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine earns ratings that check in at 21 city/26 highway miles per gallon. The available all-wheel drive drops these ratings slightly on both engines.
The new Sportage can be equipped with a variety of systems and features that help keep the crossover safe. Standard and available systems include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, forward collision mitigation system with emergency braking, lane-departure warnings and front and rear parking sensors.
Kia offers the 2017 Sportage in three total trim levels: LX, EX and SX Turbo. Each trim level comes equipped with a different collection of features and technology systems. Highlights include: