Looking for Adventure? The 2017 Kia Sportage is the Perfect Choice

 

 

 

Summer is the perfect time to pack up your camping gear and go on an impromptu adventure. Of course, that may not be possible if your vehicle isn't equipped with the proper equipment or capabilities. If you truly want to make the most out of your excursion, you need a vehicle with a powerful engine, an assortment of safety features, and an athletic exterior. If you're in the market for an affordable compact SUV, then there's really only one logical choice: the 2017 Kia Sportage.

The Sportage's variety of amenities and capabilities makes it the perfect adventuring SUV. We explore some of these functions and features below, which should entice you to pack up your camping gear and prepare for a spur of the moment adventure...

 

Performance

 

 

If you're planning some adventures in your new ride, you've got to make sure that your vehicle is up for the challenge. There's no doubt that the 2017 Kia Sportage is the perfect choice for daredevil drivers, especially when you consider the compact SUV's power specs and performance capabilities.

It starts with the two impressive engine offerings, the 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine and the 2.0-liter Turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine. The 2.4-liter unit pumps out 181 horsepower and 175 pounds-feet of torque, enough power to overcome any terrain. Plus, thanks to the inclusion of the Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, drivers can expect a 23 city/30 highway mile per gallon efficiency.

Meanwhile, despite being a bit smaller, the 2.0-liter engine can push out even more power. The unit delivers 240 horsepower and 237 pounds-feet of torque, specs that aren't often seen from compact SUVs. Plus, all of that power doesn't compromise efficiency, as drivers should still anticipate 21 city/26 highway miles per gallon.

Of course, it isn't all about the engines. The accompanying mechanics combine with these engines to provide one of the best driving experiences in the segment. For example, the Iso-Structure delivers optimal rigidity, so drivers will feel like their constantly in control of their smooth ride. Meanwhile, the Dynamax all-wheel-drive system provides drivers with excellent traction, so the Sportage's tires can maintain their grip on the road, even in the worst weather conditions. Lastly, each of the engines is joined by the improved six-speed automatic transmission, which helps improve efficiency, drivability, and even braking.

 

Safety

 

 

If you're going to be adventuring off the beaten path, you never know what kind of terrain you may come across. As a result, you may be putting your vehicle (and its occupants) in danger. Luckily, the 2017 Sportage's variety of preventative and protective safety features should keep the SUV on its path while also keeping its passengers out of harm's way.

The Sportage features a number of functions that should prevent you from getting into a collision in the first place. Technology like the Electronic Stability Control will overcome any wind or ice to keep your Sportage on its way, and the Anti-Lock Brake System will provide maximum stoppage power on those tricky roads. Hill Start Assist Control prevents your vehicle from rolling backward as you traverse an incline, and the Downhill Brake Control will provide some assistance as you head back down the hill.

One of the most innovative technologies is the Autonomous Emergency Braking system. The unit uses sensors to detect when your Sportage is approaching an object at too great of speed. If an accident seems inevitable, the vehicle will automatically apply the brakes.

If you do find yourself in an accident, you don't have to worry. The various airbags provide enough cushion to prevent injury, and the sensor system assures that they'll be deployed right when they're needed. Meanwhile, the advanced high-strength steel design (along with the previously-mentioned Iso-Structure) should be enough to prevent the collision's energy from reaching the occupants.

 

Exterior

 

 

To act the part, you have to look the part, and the 2017 Kia Sportage certainly looks like an SUV that's willing to partake in a wild adventure. The SUV shouldn't be described as boxy, as it has a rather muscular stance due to its various curves and chiseled lines. The grille up front adds some elegance to the exterior, while the wheel arches, "coupe-like roof," and long wheelbase all play a role in the vehicle's athleticism.

You won't want to limit your allotted adventure time to only the afternoon. With the Sportage's quad LED fog lights, you can travel at any time of night. The vehicle also features the Dynamic Bending Lights, so you won't have to readjust the position of your SUV to see around any curves or bends. The LED lighting out back provides a distinctive look, and it will also notify fellow drivers of your braking intentions.

You don't want to compromise the look of your adventurous SUV, and there are several technologies that will prevent you from getting into a fender bender. The Blind-Spot Detection unit will alert the driver to any unseen vehicles, and the Lane Departure Warning will notify the driver when it's safe to switch lanes. Even the Parking Assist technology will keep your Sportage looking new. The technology will guide the SUV into an open parking spot, preventing you from bumping into any of the surrounding vehicles. If you're neurotic about shielding your vehicle from any bumps or scratches, these technologies would be right up your alley.

The exterior isn't all about looks, as the Sportage also includes several convenience features. The Smart Power Liftgate will sense when the driver is approaching (thanks to the SUV's smart key), allowing him or her to load all up the cargo without finagling for the handle. This way, when it's time to pack up the camping gear and head home, loading up all of the cargo will be an absolute breeze (of course, the 30.7-cubic-feet/60.1-cubic-feet of cargo room certainly helps).

 

Could you possibly ask for anything else? The 2017 Kia Sportage offers a pair of impressive engine options and refined mechanics, a plethora of safety functions, and an athletic, rugged exterior. If you're seeking the premiere adventuring compact SUV, you don't have to look any further than the newest version of the Kia Sportage.