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2017 Kia Sportage will wear a $22,990 base price

Kia's new compact crossover will feature plenty of tech features and two engine options when it goes on sale this spring.

With compact crossover SUVs being all the rage, it's an opportune time for Kia to be rolling out an all-new Sportage for the 2017 model year. The fourth-generation model of Kia's longest-running nameplate will start at a competitive $22,900 before destination costs for a base LX model with front-wheel drive, which stacks up competitively against the $23,100 Ford Escape, $23,745 Honda CR-V and $24,350 Toyota RAV4.

The Sportage's standard features list includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, LED daytime running lights, 5-inch touchscreen infotainment display, rearview camera, Bluetooth, keyless entry and a Drive Mode Select system that offers Normal, Eco and Sport drive modes. A 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine with 181 horsepower paired with a six-speed automatic transmission provides power.

For more features, shoppers can opt for a $1,100 LX popular package that adds heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, roof rails, 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar support and Yes Essentials stain-resistant interior fabric. A $900 LX Cool and Connected package brings dual-zone climate controls and a new UVO 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.

The 2017 Kia Sportage will arrive at dealers this spring.

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Upgrading to the Sportage EX model uses the LX Cool and Connected package as a basis, and adds 18-inch wheels, fog lights, leather and push-button start. An optional EX premium package brings a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, LED interior lighting, blind-spot monitoring with lane change assistance and rear cross-traffic alert for $1,900.

Even more equipment is available with the $2,700 EX technology package that includes the UVO 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, 320-watt Harman Kardon sound system, front and rear parking assist, smart power liftgate, lane departure warning, high-beam assist, front collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, cooled front seats and eight-way power passenger seat.

Sitting atop the Sportage lineup is the performance-focused SX Turbo model with a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Building on the EX technology package, the SX also gets larger front brakes, sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, dual exhaust pipes, front and rear skid plates, specific grille design, xenon headlights with dynamic bending light, quad-LED "Ice Cube" fog lights and LED taillights. On the inside, gloss black trim, a thicker rim steering wheel, paddle shifters, metal pedals, metal scuff plates and dashboard accent stitching are special to the SX.

All Sportage models will be available with a Magna all-wheel-drive system for an additional $1,500 that includes a 50-50 locking center differential, and torque vectoring capabilities when it goes sales at Kia dealers this spring.

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