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June 3, 2016 by Anne Kelley

2017 Kia Sportage Review: Exterior

The 2017 Kia Sportage has arrived at Lawrence Kia.  After being teased by a sleek design resembling a Porsche more than a Kia, we can finally take a closer look at the exterior features of the 2017 Kia Sportage.

The Kia Sportage crossover was introduced in 2005 with the 2017 Sportage being the 4th generation. If you are in the market for a crossover or SUV, don’t pass by the Kia Sportage.  In JD Power’s study of initial quality, they concluded that the Kia brand crossovers and SUVs are after the Porsche and before the Jaguar. Nothing says high-end like being sandwiched in-between those two automotive manufacturers.

JD Power's Initial Quality Kia Sportage

2017 Kia Sportage Exterior: Trim-Levels

The Kia Sportage comes in a base model LX, the middle-range model is an EX and the high-end model is SX Turbo. The LX and the EX come in front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD).

2017 Kia Sportage Exterior Review

2017 Kia Sportage Exterior: Overall Design

The front-end design has a fluid or sculpted look. It has soft lines and is less boxy like other CUV/crossovers on the market. The higher beltline and a tapered roof gives the 2017 Sportage a muscular sporty profile. The contoured low-profile tail-end is sleek and shows that the Kia German design team was going for a high-end modern-looking crossover.

The 2017 Sportage has a newly added automatic liftgate that comes standard on the SX and is optional on the EX. Now when you have your hands full, you can pop the truck directly from your key fob without offloading what you are carrying. The gate easily shuts with a click of a button.

The new 2017 Kia Sportage is now bigger with an additional 17% cargo space. This additional space for your luggage on your next trip in accompanied by additional legroom and headroom in the 2017 Sportage.

2017 Kia Sportage Exterior: Grille

Oh, that tiger-nose grille!  It has changed significantly with a more expressive front-end. It combines puffy jowls with the reshaping of the brand’s tiger-nose grille. The grille resembles something you would see on the high-end Kia Cadenza.  If you like a matte or flat grille finish, the Sportage LX grille is the one for you.  If you are more into a glossy grille finish the EX or SX Turbo will be more your speed.

2017 Kia Sportage Grille Finish

2017 Kia Sportage Headlights & Fog Lights

The headlights swell from the front and reach back through the hood similarly, to the Porsche Cayenne. Bi-Xenon steering linked ice-cube tray/quad LED fog lights built into the air ducts available only in the SX Turbo model.

2017 Kia Sportage Light

Here is the good news, Lawrence Kia has the Summer’s On Us promotion until July 5, 2016. And while the 2017 Kia Sportage is not available for this promotion, we still have amazing financing and incentives on the 2017 Kia Sportage.

2016 Kia Forte EX

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