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Rankings & Research

The 2017 Kia Sportage ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Kia Sportage has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 20 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2017 Kia Sportage Review

An athletic yet comfortable ride and a spacious, lavish cabin help the 2017 Kia Sportage rank highly in the compact SUV class. Its minor pitfalls include mediocre power and cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet, upscale cabin
  • Spacious seats
  • Great balance of ride comfort and sporty handling
  • So-so cargo space
  • Mediocre fuel economy
  • Run-of-the-mill engine power, even from turbo

2017 Kia Sportage Overview

Is the 2017 Kia Sportage a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Kia Sportage is one of the most well-rounded compact SUVs available. Agile handling, a compliant ride, high predicted reliability, and a near-luxury interior are just a few of the Sportage’s high points. Still, it could benefit from better fuel efficiency, more cargo room, and a stronger engine.  

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 20 Kia Sportage reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2017 Kia Sportage?

Based on 1,637 listings on our site for the 2017 Kia Sportage, prices range from roughly $15,100 to $25,000. The average list price is $18,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Kia Sportage Cost to Own?

The 2017 Kia Sportage's five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $22,990 – or around $4,600 per year. In comparison, five-year estimated costs for the 2017 Hyundai Tucson, 2017 Honda CR-V, and 2017 Ford Escape are approximately $22,330, $20,940, and $22,540, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sportage?

Besides new features availability for some trim levels, the 2018 and 2017 Sportage are very similar. Therefore, we recommend the 2017 Sportage instead of a 2018 model; you'll get a nearly identical vehicle and save some money.

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You could opt for a newer comparable model, but it will cost you. Instead, consider a smaller 2018 subcompact SUV. Two options worth considering are the 2018 Mazda CX-3 and the 2018 Honda HR-V. The CX-3 features a peppy engine, sporty handling, an upmarket cabin, and great gas mileage estimates. The HR-V has a spacious cabin and a versatile cargo area.

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Which Model Year of the Kia Sportage Is Best?

The 2017 Kia Sportage marked the first model year of a new generation. You could opt for an older model to save some money, but it will be a substantially different vehicle. Among the 2017 model's additions are a standard 5-inch touch screen and rearview camera, more available safety and technology features, interior and exterior styling updates, and more passenger and cargo space.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Kia Sportage?

The 2017 Kia Sportage has a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. This is one of the highest ratings among all vehicles (a score of three is average).

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2017 Kia Sportage Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Kia Sportage has one safety recall. The trailer brake lights in models equipped with a trailer hitch may illuminate when the brakes are not in use. This could confuse other drivers and increase the risk of a crash.

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Which Used Kia Sportage Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Kia Sportage comes in three trims: LX, EX, and SX Turbo. The base LX trim is well-appointed with a 5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a rearview camera, a USB port, and Bluetooth. If you're willing to spend a little bit more, you may want to go for the EX trim. It adds a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an additional USB port, push-button start, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, fog lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The top-of-the-line SX Turbo trim adds a stronger 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a sport-tuned suspension system. This trim also adds a generous amount of safety tech, including front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection.

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Certified Pre-Owned Kia Sportage Warranty

The 2017 Kia Sportage has one of the worst CPO programs among nonluxury brands. Brands like Honda have better CPO programs. Kia’s certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original 10-year/100,000-mile new-car powertrain warranty, plus a one-year/12,000-mile Platinum warranty for non-powertrain parts. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the Sportage?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 Kia Sportage the highest rating of Good in six crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side crash test, for a five-star overall rating.

Like most other compact SUVs, the Sportage comes standard with a rearview camera. Other available driver assistance features include lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2017 Kia Sportage Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Kia Sportage or 2017 Hyundai Tucson?

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson is a corporate cousin of the Sportage, and it also finishes near the top the compact SUV class. Like the Sportage, the Tucson comes with a high predicted reliability rating, high safety scores, a roomy and quiet cabin, athletic handling, and a comfortable ride. The Sportage does have a higher-quality interior. These two are neck-and-neck in our rankings, so you can't go wrong with either option. Keep in mind, however, that the Sportage costs less.

Which Is Better: 2017 Kia Sportage or 2017 Honda CR-V?

With one of the most spacious passenger and cargo areas in the class, the 2017 Honda CR-V is a great compact SUV for families. It also has above-average fuel economy and excellent crash test scores. Both vehicles have comfortable rides with minimal body lean around corners. However, the Sportage has a higher predicted reliability rating and a cheaper average list price. Choosing between these two will come down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: 2017 Kia Sportage or 2017 Ford Escape?

The highlights of the 2017 Ford Escape include potent available turbocharged engines and one of the sportiest performances in the class. Additionally, the Escape is a good choice for light towing, and it has more cargo space than the Sportage. On the flip side, the Sportage has more interior room and a lower price. Performance-minded shoppers will prefer the Escape. Those looking for a well-rounded vehicle will prefer the Sportage.

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2017 Sportage Performance

How Does the 2017 Kia Sportage Drive?

A 181-horsepower four-cylinder engine comes standard in the 2017 Kia Sportage. This engine has a decent amount of power around town, but its highway passing power is meager. There is a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 240-horsepower that delivers quicker acceleration, but it isn’t as speedy as you might expect. All models come with a quick-shifting, six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2017 Kia Sportage Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2017 Kia Sportage delivers 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is below average among class rivals. Models with the available turbo-four deliver 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The 2017 Hyundai Tucson, 2017 Honda CR-V, and 2017 Ford Escape deliver 23/30 mpg city/highway, 26/32 mpg city/highway, and 21/29 mpg city/highway, respectively.

2017 Kia Sportage Towing Capacity

The 2017 Sportage can tow up to 2,000 pounds, which is enough to lug a pop-up trailer or a small boat.

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2017 Sportage Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Sportage Seat?

The 2017 Kia Sportage seats up to five people in two rows of comfortable, supportive seats. Cloth seats are standard, and leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. The cabin is spacious and has a sophisticated design.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Kia Sportage?

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the 2017 Sportage's rear outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded it the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use, noting that the lower anchors are located pretty deep in the seats.

2017 Kia Sportage Features

Standard features include a six-speaker audio system, a 5-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Some models feature Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an extra USB port, a 7-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker premium audio system, and navigation.

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2017 Kia Sportage Dimensions

Kia Sportage Cargo Space

The 2017 Kia Sportage has 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 60.1 cubic feet with the second row folded, which is about average for the class. Rivals like the 2017 Honda CR-V offer much more space. The Sportage also has a storage compartment below the cargo floor, and a hands-free power liftgate is available.

2017 Sportage Length and Weight

The 2017 Kia Sportage is 14.7 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,300 to 4,000 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Kia Sportage Built?

The 2017 Kia Sportage was built in South Korea.

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