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What’s it: The five-passenger Kia Sportage CUV is redesigned for 2017 with an upgraded suspension, extra driver help programs and a brand new design. The Sportage SX is the highest trim degree, with LX and EX fashions under it. 

Key Rivals: Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4

Base Value: $34,895 As Examined Value: $34,895

Highlights: The Sportage SX comes with two- or all-wheel drive and contains a 237-hp, 260-lb-ft turbocharged I4 with a six-speed automated transmission.

The 2017 Kia Sportage SX Turbo features a D-shaped, heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, piano black trim alongside the middle console, aluminum alloy pedals, and genuine stitching on the dashboard.

Our Opinion: Kia’s newest Sportage seems French to me, which isn’t essentially a nasty factor. A minimum of it’s totally different in a sea of lookalike smallish crossovers. Moreover, I’m a Peter Schreyer fan (Kia’s head of design), so that you’re not prone to hear me complain concerning the styling.

With the brand new form comes an up to date, now a lot stiffer chassis linked to a extra compliant suspension. The chassis doesn’t shimmy or shake one bit. The steering feels higher linked and the suspension strikes a pleasant experience/dealing with stability, with the correct quantity of physique motions over the unhealthy pavement ’spherical right here — not an excessive amount of or too little. General, the driving feels extra exact and refined and quiet than I anticipated.

The turbo 4 makes the Sportage get away from cease lights and cease indicators well (and easily, too — I had no thought there was a turbo-four underneath the hood). The six-speed appears positive and the AWD system dealt with all of the climate Michigan may throw at it.

I proceed to be impressed with the Kias I’ve pushed these days. They’re, for probably the most half, proving fairly good. The standard inside and the supplies used notably stand out in my view. All good, although people purchasing for a budget-minded car is perhaps shocked to see the $35Okay sticker on our SX.

— Wes Raynal, editor

Wes Raynal

Wes Raynal

– Wes Raynal joined Crain Communications’ circulation division whereas nonetheless in faculty. When he graduated in 1986, he grew to become a reporter for Autoweek sister publication Automotive Information. He has labored as Autoweek’s affiliate editor, information editor, motorsports editor and government editor earlier than being named editor in 2009.

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On Sale: Now

Base Value: $34,895

As Examined Value: $34,895

Powertrain: 2.Zero-liter DOHC turbocharged I4; AWD, six-speed automated

Output: 237 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 260 lb-ft @ 1,450-Three,500 rpm

Curb Weight: Three,448 lb

Gas Financial system: 20/23/21 mpg(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)

Professionals: Composed over tough roads and surprisingly quiet

Cons: Not low-cost; mediocre gasoline financial system


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