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The Upgraded 2017 Kia Sportage Near Santa Fe, NM is Worth a Second Look

The Kia Sportage was one of the first small SUVs on the market, so it has a well-established presence today. Still, loyal drivers had some complaints with previous models. Kia listened and redesigned the Sportage for the 2017 model year. Former owners will be impressed with the spacious rear seat that now has enough leg and head room for three people to sit comfortably. They'll also have nothing to complain about when it comes to how smooth this car rides on the street or the highway.


The Sportage has a different look the Soul and shaped more like a traditional SUV. It's one of the more affordable options in this class and has been a favorite among budget-minded families since 1993. The Sportage has come a long way since the 1990s, adapting to the needs of drivers and their families along the way. Families in the market for a new SUV can find the new 2017 Kia Sportage near Santa Fe NM here.

Interior and Exterior

This vehicle seats five people comfortably and is a great option for families to use around town or to travel across the country. The spacious interior allows adults as well as children to sit comfortably in the rear seats. Backseat passengers can take advantage of the USB ports to charge their phones or other devices as they recline in their seats on long trips. The Sportage also includes a 12-volt power outlet for passengers' convenience. The driver's seat is spacious and comfortable, with all the controls easy to reach.

The exterior has been updated for every model this year. It's slightly longer than before, with a new grille that is sure to attract attention. The brand new SX Turbo plays its high-performance role with dual exhaust. There are quite a few crossovers in the same class as the Sportage, but everyone in the market for a new one should definitely stop by the dealership to take one out for a test drive.


Although the 2016 model only received four stars, the 2017 Kia Sportage received a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite the fact it received slightly lower marks on rollover and frontal crash tests, the Sportage has a rollover protection system to help drivers avoid this problem and keep them, as well as any passengers, safe if they are ever in an accident. Other safety features in the new Sportage include side and rear head airbags, adjustable pedals, brake assist, and electronic stability control. SX Turbo models come with additional standard safety features like parking sensors and automatic emergency braking. Owners can feel safe loading their families into one of these vehicles.

Under the Hood

All of the current 2017 Kia Sportage near Santa Fe NM models are connected to an automatic transmission. This vehicle can tow up to 2,000 pounds, allowing owners some flexibility if they like to travel. The LX and EX trims have a 181 horsepower, 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine. The SX Turbo is 2.0-liter and can provide as much as 260 horsepower. All models come with all-wheel drive as an option, with front-wheel drive standard. Fuel economy is slightly better than last year's models.


The Sportage is an SUV that handles like a car. It's comfortable to drive yet can take corners and maneuver tight spaces like a much smaller vehicle. While other vehicles in this class tend to be loud inside, the Sportage is much quieter than its competitors. In fact, the Sportage is one of the only cars in its class that doesn't have a problem with wind and other sounds from outside the vehicle. Passengers can relax and hold conversations whether they are on a quiet road or a busy highway.


The Sportage is available in three distinct trims. The LX model offers such as tinted rear windows for privacy, LED running lights, rear climate vents, and a 5-inch touchscreen. Many of the features that are standard in a Sportage are offered as options in other vehicles. The EX model offers better value and includes 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a rear USB charging port, a windshield wiper de-icer, Uvo infotainment system, and a 7-inch touchscreen. The SX Turbo gives drivers a sport-tuned suspension, ventilated front seats, power-folding mirrors, a hands-free power tailgate, panoramic sunroof and a navigation system displayed on an 8-inch monitor.

Kia dealerships near Santa Fe have these vehicles in stock now, so anyone who is in the market for a new Kia or looking for a compact SUV for their family can call or stop by our dealership today. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is ready to answer any and all questions and help buyers find a Kia Sportage that will be perfect for their family. These SUVs have a variety of options, so it's important to work with a talented salesperson to get the best value. By taking advantage of the standard features in the upgraded trims, buyers may be able to save money and get the car they really want.  

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