2017 Kia Sportage vs. 2017 Dodge Journey

So it's come down to this. You're looking for a small SUV, and you want something that has power and cargo room but still handles like a sedan. Well, on the one hand there's the 2017 Kia Sportage, and on the other, you have the 2017 Dodge Journey. We'll see which of these small SUVs comes up big for your driving needs!

The 2017 Sportage starts out with 181 horsepower in its base trim level, with a maximum of 240 HP in its top trim, SX Turbo. Not only does it have nice power for a small SUV, it can tow a ton (2,000 pounds) in all trim levels, while the 2017 Dodge Journey can only manage 1,000 pounds in its base trim level, a vehicle that only comes with 173 HP. Even more favorable for the 2017 Sportage than its edge in base HP and towing power is the starting price: At Friendly Kia you can have a 2017 Kia Sportage for around $18,000 with our VIP Price, while the competition is asking for around $21,000 MSRP to start for the 2017 Dodge Journey.

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2017 Kia Sportage Vs. 2017 Dodge Journey
$18,015 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $21,145 MSRP (The Competition)
23, 30 Miles Per Gallon (city, highway) 19, 26
181 Base HP 173
2,000 Base Towing Capacity (pounds) 1,000
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick? No
10 years or 100,000 miles Limited Powertrain Warranty Coverage 5 years or 60,000 miles
5 years or 60,000 miles Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty Coverage 3 years or 36,000 miles

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Fuel economy is a major factor when you're trying to decide between these two vehicles, too, and you typically expect the miles per gallon in a crossover to be similar to a large sedan, or perhaps even better. The 2017 Kia Sportage doesn't disappoint, with 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, a nearly 20 percent step up from the 2017 Dodge Journey's 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway. And while you're counting all the money you're going to save with the 2017 Sportage, don't forget it also comes with a longer warranty at 10 years or 100,000 miles for limited powertrain coverage, a nice leap up from the Dodge warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles for limited powertrain.

When you add it all up – fuel economy, performance, towing and price – the 2017 Kia Sportage checks all the boxes and rolls to an easy win. We have the all-new Kia Sportage at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Brooksville, Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.

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