Kia Sportage Is Utility Vehicle of the Year Contender

AutoGuide announced its Utility Vehicle of the Year award last month, and while the Kia Sportage wasn’t the winner, it made an impressive showing against vehicles like the Honda CR-V, the GMC Acadia, and even luxury vehicles from Audi and Jaguar.

AutoGuide noted the Sportage’s updated styling, which gives it a sportier look, as well as the major improvements to its ride quality and the refreshed interior. Credit was also given to the consistent, significant improvements to the Sportage with every passing generation, which is what has helped it maintain its presence as one of the most popular and impressive vehicles in the compact SUV market.

2017 Kia Sportage Utility Vehicle of the Year

The Sportage comes with two engine options that AutoGuide praised for their power, especially the energetic turbocharged option. The interior is refined at every trim level, with convenience and comfort features like the heated steering wheel and front seats, as well as infotainment options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. AutoGuide was impressed with the superior ride quality and options even at the base trim, making the Sportage not only an excellent vehicle but also an affordable one for any driver.

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2017 Kia Sportage Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Status

2017 Kia Sportage
2017 Kia Sportage

The 2017 Kia Sportage has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, the highest designation given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which performs crash tests on new vehicles each year to determine how well they perform in collision situations.

The IIHS updated its testing requirements this year and made it more difficult to earn a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus award. The 2017 Sportage is one of just a few cars that have managed to perform at this high of a level.

Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus are both distinguished honors, but the Plus designation indicates the vehicle has extra technology meant to prevent crashes that works exceptionally well when tested. The Kia Sportage’s wide range of driver assist features, from autonomous emergency braking to parking assist, help keep drivers from making small mistakes like drifting into another lane.

The Sportage is significantly improved from last year—it now moves less in overlap crashes and earned superior ratings in the front crash prevention category, as well as good ratings for side impact, roof strength, and more.

Kia Reveals 2017 Sportage Interior

2016 Kia Sportage
Current Kia Sportage Interior

A couple weeks ago, Kia revealed the 2017 Sportage’s more dynamic, fighter-jet-inspired exterior. Now, the brand is unveiling more details as a teaser ahead of the vehicle’s Frankfurt International Motor Show debut. The 2017 Sportage interior has been redesigned for the sake of both spaciousness and luxury.

The redesigned interior images feature contrasting white stitching on the black leather seats and steering wheel. The wheel itself is flat-bottomed and heated, the seats can be heated or cooled, and the Sportage has several rows of climate control. The new dashboard is made to look more upscale and luxurious. The tech is up-to-date with the infotainment system that seems to be becoming standard with most modern vehicles, and safety features include a new autonomous emergency braking system.

The cabin also is improved over the outgoing model in terms of being quieter and roomier. The wheelbase has been stretched by 1.18”, allowing a bit of extra leg space for everyone in the vehicle. The dashboard is more insulated and the doors soundproofed.

The 2017 Sportage interior will feature more high-quality materials and paves the way for Kia’s venture into more upscale vehicles and design. Kia has referred to the next-generation Sportage’s interior as being one of the more significant improvements over last year’s model.