2017 Kia Sportage Starts at $23,885
Aggressive Styling, Bigger Engines Differentiate It From Tucson
Emphasizing Kia’s positioning as the sportier, more expressive of the Korean auto brands, the 2017 Sportage comes to market with a mini-Macan front fascia and larger, more powerful engines than its Hyundai counterpart, the Tucson. Pricing also starts incrementally higher on the Sportage than the Tucson at $23,885 for an entry-level 2WD Sportage LX, compared to $23,595 for a 2016 Tucson SE.
The Sportage’s standard engine for 2017 is a direct-injected 2.4L I-4 making 181 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The SX Turbo sees the return of the sprightly 2.0L GDI turbo I-4, making 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The midpack EX model starts at $26,395 including destination, and the top-of-the-line SX turbo starts at $33,395 including destination. All-wheel drive is available on all trims for an additional $1,500. All-wheel-drive models feature a unique front fascia improving approach angle.
Multiple option packages are available ranging from the $900 Cool and Connected package, featuring dual-zone climate control with a 7-inch UVO touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, to the $2,700 Technology package, which features a 320-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system, front and rear park assist, power rear liftgate, lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, ventilated front seats, and an eight-way power passenger seat.