2017 Kia Sportage
Speaking of utilities, Kia’s gotten a lot of mileage out of their smallest crossover, the Sportage. It’s their oldest name plate. But for 2017, there’s an all-new 4th generation.
Like Optima, and Sorento, the Sportage takes on Kia’s new approach of packaging a borderline luxury vehicle in more pedestrian guise…call it business casual.
Taking care of business under the hood is a 181 horsepower 2.4 liter I4, or a 240 horsepower 2.0 liter turbo I4. All-wheel drive is available for both.
We did notice some laggy shifting with the six speed auto, but it’s an only minor gripe, and one of the few we have overall.
This new Sportage really shines inside, as Kia continues to nail interior design. Seats are comfortable, the dash is handsome without being complex, and materials have an up level feel.
Carving through canyon roads outside San Diego gave us a good feel for the Sportage’s driving dynamics: sporty in nature, much more so than a rival like the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4. Wind and road noise were minimal.
Room for adult passengers was reasonable, though rivals certainly offer more cargo capacity.
On sale now, the 2017 Kia Sportage starts at $24,000.
Engine: 2.4 liter I4 / 2.0 liter turbo I4
Horsepower: 181 / 240
Price: Starts at $24,000