Two Revamped 2017 Kia SUVs are Taking Home Awards

September 13th, 2016 by



Looking for a new SUV? Kia has already released two 2017 model year SUVs — the 2017 Kia Sorento and 2017 Kia Sportage. Why choose one of these SUVs? Aside from being two of newest SUVs available, these two Kia vehicles have earned some substantial awards.

In 2016, Kia was the Highest Ranked Brand in Initial Quality in the 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, and the 2016 Kia Sportage was the highest ranked small SUV in initial quality and the Sorento earned the same award in the midsize SUV class. Additionally both 2017 model year vehicles are I.I.H.S Top Safety Picks.

So which SUV do you want?

The Kia Sportage is a five-passenger SUV and the Kia Sorento is a slightly larger SUV with the option of five or seven passengers. As Kias, both SUVs have the same impressive warranties (a five-year or 60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty), but here’s a quick rundown of the options and features on the 2017 Sorento and Sportage.

2017 Kia Sorento and Sportage Engine Options and Fuel Economy

The 2017 Kia Sorento lineup consists of three engines and seven different trims. The three engine options consists of the 185-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, 240-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, and 290-horsepower 3.3-liter 6-cylinder engine.

The base 2.4-liter Sorento engine is even more impressive, it gets 21 city, and 28 highway mpg. The fuel economies of each of the engines vary slightly. The Sorento with the 2.4-liter engine has the best fuel economy of 21/28 city/highway mpg; the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine has an average fuel economy of 20/ 27 city/highway mpg; and the largest V6 engine has a fuel economy of 18/25 city/highway MPG.

The smaller Kia Sportage consists of three trims and two available engine options, a 181-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 240-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. The Sportage engines offer an impressive fuel economy for an SUV. The base 2.4-liter engine averages 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, and the upgraded turbocharged 2.0-liter engine averages 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Cargo Space

The Kia Sportage offers drivers up to 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space when the second row seat is up, and when folded down, cargo space increases to 60.1 cubic feet.

The larger Kia Sorento is available as both a five or seven-passenger vehicle and offers a little more cargo space. Whether a two- or three-row vehicle, the Sorento has about 73 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front-row seats and 38 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seating.


The pricing is only slightly different, but the Sorento has a higher price tag as it offers more room. The 2017 Kia Sorento starts at $25,400 and the 2017 Kia Sportage starts at $22,990.

Like one of these models or want to test them both out to pick your favorite? Come down to Miami Lakes Automall and check them out in person any day of the week.

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