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Kia makes a style statement with the 2017 Sportage (pictures)

Kia's fourth-generation Sportage sets itself apart from the compact crossover crowd with styling, and a potent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine option.

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The fourth-generation Kia Sportage is on sale now featuring a stiffer structure, new suspension and standout exterior design.

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The new Sportage's body-in-white is built from 51 percent advanced high strength steel compared to the outgoing model's 18 percent.

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The 2017 Sportage will be available in LX, EX and SX trim levels.

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LED taillights are exclusive to the Sportage SX model.

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Also helping to increase rigidity and lower NVH is the greater use of structural adhesives.

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Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are available that can detect a potential collision with another vehicle or pedestrian and help bring the Sportage to a stop.

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Base models of the 2017 Sportage are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder producing 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque.

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An improved steering system features a steering box that's been mounted further forward for smoother steering inputs.

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SX Turbo models of the Sportage get firmer shocks yielding sharper handling abilities.

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Rear cross-traffic alert is available as an option to warn the driver if a car is going to pass behind the Sportage while in reverse.

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The tiger-nose grille on the new 2017 Sportage.

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Depending on trim level, the Sportage rides on 17-, 18- or 19-inch aluminum wheels.

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A Magna all-wheel-drive system is available on 2017 Sportage.

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All-wheel-drive Sportage models equipped with forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking have the sensors integrated into the front grille, which doesn't look great.

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Xenon headlights are standard on Sportage SX models.

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The "ice cube" LED fog lights are another exclusive SX feature.

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All-wheel-drive is a $1,500 option.

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The 19-inch wheels on the 2017 Kia Sportage SX.

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Side exterior mirrors on the Sportage SX with integrated turn signal indicators.

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A rear spoiler is standard on all 2017 Sportage models.

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LED taillights on the Sportage SX.

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The Sportage is Kia's longest running nameplate in the US.

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The SX model includes a higher output engine, specific suspension tuning and exclusive exterior styling touches.

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A dual-exhaust system is standard on the Sportage SX.

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The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine on the Sportage SX produces 237 horsepower on models equipped with all-wheel-drive.

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The cabin of the Sportage SX features standard leather seats that are heated and cooled.

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The multi-function flat-bottom steering wheel in the Sportage SX.

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An 8.0-inch touchscreen is standard on the SX model featuring navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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A smaller 7.0-inch touchscreen is available on LX and standard EX models that also offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.

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Navigation is a standard feature on the Sportage SX.

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The UVO eServices telematics screen on the Sportage SX.

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The center stack in the new Sportage consists of numerous hard buttons that are clearly marked.

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Power outlets, an auxiliary input and USB port are easily accessible in the Sportage.

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Both Sportage engine options come connected to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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A push-button starter system comes standard on EX and SX models.

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Steering-wheel-mounted controls for of the Sportage's cruise control system.

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Audio and Bluetooth steering wheel-mounted controls.

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Steering wheel paddle shifters are another SX model exclusive feature.

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The SX's flat-bottom steering wheel.

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The main gauge cluster inside of the 2017 Sportage.

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Various controls inside of the 2017 Sportage SX for lane departure warning and blind spot detection.

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Gloss black trim is featured throughout the Sportage's interior.

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A 320-watt Harman Kardon sound system is optional on EX models, but standard on the SX.

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Metal side scuff plates in the Sportage SX.

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Power adjustable 10-way front seats are standard on EX and SX versions of the Sportage.

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The rear seats in the 2017 Sportage are roomier than the outgoing model's.

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Rear passengers can charge their smart devices using the rear power outlets.

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A dual-level cargo floor offers a little more space to transport taller items.

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With the rear seats folded, the 2017 Sportage features 60.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

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