2017 Kia Sportage SX

Pros: Excellent all-around ride and handling refinement; broad selection of available comfort, safety, and technology features; peppy acceleration with turbocharged engine

Cons: Styling is a bit too radical for some tastes; less cargo room than some class competitors

CG Says: The Kia Sportage is redesigned for 2017 on a slightly larger platform, gaining more interior room, new styling, and an expanded selection of safety and connectivity features. Kia says the new Sportage’s body structure is stiffer than the previous generation and steering and suspension have been revised for better ride and handling qualities. As before, the Sportage lineup ascends through LX, EX, and SX models, all of which are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The LX and EX’s 181-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine carries over largely unchanged from the previous Sportage; the SX’s turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (which puts out 240 hp with front-wheel drive and 237 with all-wheel drive) is down 20 horsepower from the previous version but has improved midrange performance. Available safety equipment includes blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure warning. Tech features include Kia’s new UVO3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality; telematics services; and Wi-Fi tethering capability. The redesigned Sportage’s aggressive front-end styling may not be for everyone, but this is a thoroughly impressive compact SUV that stacks up very well against the best in the class.  Base prices (at least in top-line trim) have crept up noticeably with the redesign, but even if a Sportage is no longer the value proposition it once was, it’s still in line with the competition.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices LX: $22,990
AWD LX: $24,490
EX: $25,500
AWD EX: $27,000
SX: $32,500
AWD SX: $34,000

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
181
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-30

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240 (237 FWD)
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-26

2017 Kia Sportage EX
2017 Kia Sportage EX