Redesigned Kia Sportage Makes Autotrader’s 2017 ‘Must Test Drive’ List

2017 Kia Sportage Houston, TX

Shopping for a new compact crossover? The 2017 Kia Sportage is a “Must Test Drive” according to Autotrader! The sleek and sporty SUV has been completely redesigned for the model year, showing off a fresh face and new equipment that all of you fashion-forward, tech-savvy drivers are sure to appreciate.

The annual Must Test Drive Awards recognize only the hottest new and redesigned models hitting the market, signaling what vehicles buyers should check out during their new car shopping. Each year, the automotive experts at Autotrader create their list, looking at areas such as design, performance, features and overall value. On top of that, vehicles must also possess a wow factor that really separates them from the rest of their segment.

“The redesigned Kia Sportage is on our Must Test Drive list mainly because it's so good at so many things. The Sportage has a wide range of prices and options, has a unique look and comfortable interior. The 240 horsepower Sportage SX turbo is simply a blast to drive, something we were not expecting from a small SUV,” said Brian Moody, executive editor at Autotrader.

2017 Kia Sportage interior

​The latest iteration of the Sportage comes in three trims: LX, EX and SX Turbo. However, you don’t have to spend big to win big! The crossover comes standard with the hottest tech, including LED running lights, satellite radio, aux and USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity and a 5-inch multimedia touchscreen. However, most buyers will want to move up to the Sportage EX, which adds keyless entry/ignition, an eight-way power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded 7-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration, among other features.

Autotrader’s favorite engine, the new 240-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder, comes standard on the top-of-the-line SX Turbo, while the other trims receive a fun and efficient 181-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The standard transmission for both engine configurations is a six-speed automatic.

“Winning an Autotrader 2017 Must Test Drive Award is further testament to the transformation of the Kia brand and marks another accolade for the Sportage, our longest-running nameplate,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning Kia Motors America (KMA). “Sportage balances world-class craftsmanship and outstanding design, while delivering a host of standard features at a low starting price.”

For additional information on the all-new 2017 Kia Sportage, including fuel economy numbers and safety information, check out our full-length model review or stop by our Houston Kia dealer for a test drive today!

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