Editor’s note: You may also want to read Autotrader’s 2017 Kia Sportage review.
After years of being a good compact crossover but not exactly a class leader, the 2017 Kia Sportage has now reached our shortlist of the best small SUVs on the market. Our editor Ben describes it as "an awesome value," which is true — given its reasonable starting price of $24,100 and its long list of equipment. Our executive editor Brian noted he was highly impressed with the cabin’s "high-grade materials" — unusual in a compact crossover — and also its styling, which distinguishes the Sportage from a lot of its lookalike rivals. Tara, our managing editor, called the Sportage "good-looking, well-equipped and nicely priced," while Brian also mentioned one other unique Sportage benefit: The surprisingly potent SX Turbo model, which is probably the most exciting compact crossover on the road thanks to 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It’s easy to see why the 2017 Kia Sportage made it onto our list of Must Test Drive vehicles for 2017.