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It's been almost 25 years since the Kia Sportage was introduced. Well, Kia has no plans of slowing down now, as the Sportage is still going strong. We have five reasons the 2017 Kia Sportage has all you're looking for in a compact SUV.

Engine Option

The all-wheel-drive option is always nice to have, especially if you face the elements frequently. Kia decided to throw in a turbo option, too. We loved our SX trim level's turbocharged 2.0-liter 241-horsepower front-wheel-drive 4-cylinder. But even the base 2.4-liter still has more than enough, with a sufficient 181 hp to zip you around.

UVO Technology

Kia's interface is called UVO, and overall, when compared to other interfaces, we like the function and its capabilities. When you go for the EX or SX trim levels, the UVO eServices system is capable of locating your car if stolen and even offers roadside assistance in case you're in a jam. This is the type of technology luxury carmakers charge big bucks for.

Cool Design

Not that the Sportage was unappealing before, but the Kia designers decided to tweak it just a bit. The final product is impressive and sharp from every angle. Up front is a striking front grille, standard LED running lights, and we had the available quad LED fog lights. There are also beautiful lines and curves, and our top-of-the-line SX trim level boasted 19-inch alloys (whereas 17-in alloys will come on the base trim level).

Impressive Interior

In the back, space is pretty abundant. Even six-footers will have plenty of headroom and legroom. There are standard rear vents in the back to keep rear passengers comfortable. We recommend going for the beautiful upgraded panoramic sunroof, which all passengers will appreciate and be able to enjoy.

Everyday Drive

We found that the Sportage's 6-speed automatic transmission remains surprisingly smooth over rough pavement. We were also impressed with how quiet the cabin remained on our drive. A smooth ride and a quiet cabin are fairly hard to accomplish in a smaller compact SUV. In addition, it returns a combined 26 miles per gallon with the front-wheel-drive base engine.

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Did we even get to mention the Sportage starts at just over $23,000? Tack on great styling, technology and functionality, and the 2017 Kia Sportage looks like a good deal all the way around.

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