2017 Kia Sportage LX, Kia directly addressed two of our primary complaints about the previous model. First, the previously cramped rear seat is now remarkably generous, to the point that a family may need nothing more. By the numbers, at least, another 2017 Sportage shortcoming is its cargo capacity, limited folded to 60.1 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks down, easily surpassed by the RAV4’s 73.3 cubes and the CR-V’s 70.9. However, you may find it more than adequate for your needs, and the Sportage is especially nose-to-tail shorter than both opponents, make it a little more mobile in hand. Additional strengths include a luxurious cabin that’s surprisingly quiet at speed, excellent optional 8-inch touchscreen Uvo and responsive steering that gives the Kia felt a proper sport.
The 2017 Kia Sportage includes a group of affordable crossovers that have never been more ambitious. In addition to the above Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V is the smaller Honda HR-V, which offers a very spacious interior for its size and impressive fuel economy, but suffers from lagging acceleration. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is a perennial favorite among our staff members to make his competent handling and sound function, while rediscovering 2017 Ford Escape merits strong consideration. But if you’re shopping for a crossover in this genre, yourself a ride in mind redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage.
The 2017 Kia Sportage LX comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, automatic headlights, rear privacy tinted windows, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, rear climate vents, 60/40 split folding rear seatbacks, a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port, an auxiliary input jack and satellite radio.
2017 Kia Sportage LX Engine
The 2017 Kia Sportage LX base 2.4L 4-cylinder engine and all-wheel-drive combo is pegged at 22 mpg in combined driving, according to EPA estimates, dragging the Honda CR-V with a significant 5 mpg, while the optional 2.0-liter turbo can only manage 21 mpg in combined driving. On the positive side, the 2017 Kia Sportage LX engine is quiet and refined, and the smooth-shifting transmission responds quickly when you need a downshift.