2017 Sportage named ‘Best New Compact SUV’

2017 Sportage named ‘Best New Compact SUV’ 

Cars.com has named the 2017 Kia Sportage—the fourth generation of Kia America’s longest running nameplate—tops in its segment as the “Best New Compact SUV” of 2017. The honor puts Sportage in the running for the “Best of 2017” Cars.com award. 

The 2017 Best of Awards show is hosted annually by Cars.com during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This year's categories include Best of 2017, Best Pickup Truck of 2017, Eco-Friendly Car of the Year, Family Car of the Year, Luxury Car of the Year and Play Car of the Year. Each car represented on the list excels in three key criteria: quality, innovation and value. All vehicles are 2017 models, and Best of 2017 nominees must be all-new or fully redesigned. 

“It's hard to overstate how far Kia has come in the last 15 years: The brand has steadily refined its lineup while adding features that wouldn't be out of place in a luxury vehicle. The redesigned 2017 Sportage compact SUV continues that trend with its distinctive styling, a roomy interior, easy-to use technology and upscale available features,” said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-chief. “The SUV segment is booming and compact SUVs are especially hot. That field is extremely competitive, but the new Sportage is well positioned to challenge them — and win.” 

The all-new 2017 Sportage, an IIHS Top Safety Pick + when equipped with optional front crash prevention, wraps a contemporary design around a structure that is both stiffer and more spacious than ever before. Advanced driver assistance technologies, significant suspension and steering improvements, and available intelligent AWD improve the Sportage’s driving dynamics while premium materials create a class-up experience in an otherwise utilitarian segment. The 2.0L turbocharged inline-four found on the FWD SX Turbo makes 240hp (237 on AWD models) and 260 lb. ft. of torque, while LX and EX trims use a normally aspirated 2.4L engine that produces 181hp and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. 

“With all of the improvements made for the 2017 model year, it’s hard to ignore the Sportage,” said Orth Hedrick, Kia vice president of product planning. “Instead of bland utility, the Sportage combines distinctly European and sporty styling with an impressive level of craftsmanship and surprising features, all for an excellent value. To be recognized by the experts at Cars.com as ‘Best Compact SUV’ and as a ‘Best Of’ nominee represents how far the Kia brand has come in its continued commitment to world-class quality and top-notch design.” 

Right now Barnett is offering a 2017 Kia Sportage LX lease at just $199 a month. For details and all our current offers, click here.

And, of course, every new vehicle purchased comes with Barnett’s exclusive—and FREE—MILLION MILE Warranty. Ask your sales associate for all the details on that, too. Come see us soon at Barnett Kia on Highway 61 in White Bear Lake!
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