The 2017 Kia Sportage made its North American debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. This completely redesigned compact SUV features a stiffer body, improved ride and steering, and more interior space. An extra 1.6 inches of overall length opens up more rear legroom, while a lowered second-row floor make for easier entry and exit. Cargo room behind the rear seats also increases from a skimpy 26.1 cubic feet to a more competitive 30.7 cubic feet.
Like the previous model, the base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, but it is downgraded somewhat to produce 181 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is also available on the 2017 Sportage, making 241 hp and 260 lb-ft. That's a more noticeable drop of 19 hp and 9 lb-ft, presumably in the name of improved fuel economy, although Kia has yet to announce official EPA ratings.
Initial reactions have been mixed — we're all for its new function, less so for its form. It's a bit bulbous in its appearance and its new face is far busier than its more streamlined predecessor that still looks good years after its own introduction. The cabin is more functional, however, with a pleasing design highlighted by a driver-tilted center stack and a bigger/better infotainment screen.
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