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When the KIA Sportage made its debut in 1993, it was yet another SUV in the market. Over time, however, the vehicle has won over consumers as it increasingly morphed into a crossover: combining interior space, fuel efficiency, and good looks. And its South Korean maker is determined to keep the winning streak going with the launch of the nameplate's fourth production cycle, using the 2017 model year as its introduction. In addition to the longstanding LX and EX trims, the Sportage now has an SX Turbo model-so named because it is powered by a turbocharged engine.

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Exterior - 2017 KIA Sportage

The 2017 Sportage borrows several of its design cues from modern fighter jets, as evidenced by its aerodynamic profile. And its sturdiness and cohesiveness is achieved by its steel unibody construction. At the base level, the KIA Sportage gets power adjustable mirrors, large alloy wheels, a rear spoiler for sporty performance, and projector beam-style halogen lights with auto light control to turn on or off according to amount of outdoor illumination. Going with the EX or SX Turbo introduces fog lights to the front fascia, heating capability on the side mirrors, roof rails, and 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels (instead of the standard 17). On the SX Turbo, KIA swaps the halogen bulbs with longer-lasting LED ones; adds LED turn-signal indicators on the mirrors; supplies a panoramic sunroof with the roof rails; and joins the rear spoiler with LED combination lamps, power liftgate function for the trunk, and a chrome-finished dual exhaust system.

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Interior - KIA Sportage near Greenwood Village

The 2017 KIA Sportage is manufactured and marketed as a compact crossover SUV. Two rows of seats provide accommodation for up to five people. The rear bench-style seat can be folded down, thus extending cargo volume to 60.1 cubic feet. For leather upholstery, front-seat heating capability, and 10-way power adjustability and power lumbar support on the driver's seat, go with the EX. More enhancements-like a heated steering wheel, front-seat heating capability, and 8-way power adjustability on the front passenger seat-awaits you on the SX Turbo.

Greenwood Village CO - 2017 KIA Sportage's Interior

More standard comfort and convenience features include cruise control, remote keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth for hands-free phone operation and audio streaming, and a six-speaker stereo system with a 5-inch touchscreen. On the EX, the HVAC system is spruced up with dual-zone automatic climate control, adds push-button engine start, and boosts infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for executing functions with your smartphone. The SX Turbo is unique with its HD Radio digital tuner, 8-inch color touchscreen navigation, complimentary SiriusXM satellite radio subscription, a universal transceiver for remote-controlling garage doors, auto dimming on the rearview mirror, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

Greenwood Village CO - 2017 KIA Sportage's Mechanical

Mechanical - KIA Sportage specs near Greenwood Village CO

To keep the ride stable and smooth, the 2017 KIA Sportage uses a MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension, complete with stabilizer bars and high-performance dampers. The Sportage's power steering not only ensures that the crossover turns and corners well, but also saves energy by relying on an electric motor for its power rather than the engine.

Powertrain - KIA Sportage specs near Greenwood Village CO

True to its name, the SX Turbo is unique with its turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder version of the Theta II engine. If you go with the standard front-wheel drivetrain, the turbo Theta II produces 237 horsepower, in addition to its 260 lb-ft of torque. However, if you opt for the Dynamax All-Wheel Drive system, the engine produces 3 more horsepower. The regular Theta II on the other two trims produces 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Each engine is harnessed to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which consists of a Sportmatic shifter for exercising greater control over gear shifting. When equipped with trailer brakes, the Sportage can haul up to 2,000 lbs.

Safety - 2017 KIA Sportage dealer

On the 2017 KIA Sportage, crash safety is enforced by dual front impact airbags that face the front occupants, a pair of front seat-mounted airbags for side impact, and front and rear side curtains installed on the roof for head protection. The Sportage uses all-wheel disc brakes for shortening stopping distances. Brake assist is on board for additional pressure when needed, with electronic brake-force distribution for proper allocation to each wheel. Hill start assist prevents rolldown when driving from a stopped position on a hill, and downhill brake control allows controlled driving down a hill. Also standard on the Sportage are electronic stability control for keeping you on the right driving path, a rearview camera for monitoring driving when shifting to reverse, and traction control to maximize tire contact with the driving surface. The SX Turbo is the trim to go with if you want an abundance of advanced safety features, such as blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking assist, autonomous emergency braking, and lane change assist and lane departure warning.

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