2017 Kia Sportage LX vs. EX vs. SX Turbo Tampa Clearwater St. Petersburg FL

The 2017 Kia Sportage upped its base fuel economy and cargo space about 10 percent from 2016 models, so it checks in with 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway as well as 60.1 cubic feet for cargo in back. Which are nice figures for a small SUV that can also tow up to 2,000 pounds, and has all three trim options – LX, EX and SX Turbo - with available All-Wheel Drive configurations for off-road driving.

Plus, the 2017 Sportage has been absolutely cleaning up on the awards circuit since the redesign for 2017, with a sampling of awards including: Cars.com "Best New Compact SUV" and Kelley Blue Book KBB.com "Best Buy" for small SUVs. It also achieved an IIHS Top Safety Pick, making it among the most impact-resistant models in its class.

That's already a lot of quality features to chew on, but we'll compare the 2017 Sportage's trim options so you can find the one that best fits your ideal vehicle!

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Trim Level LX EX SX Turbo
Friendly Kia VIP Price $18,025 $20,125 $27,125
MPG: City, Hwy (FWD) 23, 30 22, 29 21, 26
Engine Specs 2.4L 4-cyl, 181 HP 2.4L 4-cyl, 181 HP 2.0L turbo 4-cyl, 240 HP
Voice-Command Navigation? No Available Yes
Lane Departure Warning System No Available Yes
Heated Front Seats? Available Yes Yes
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3,305 to 3,739 3,305 to 3,739 3,665 to 3,997

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The LX and EX trims of the 2017 Kia Sportage come with a 2.4-liter engine that puts out 181 horsepower, while the SX Turbo trim jumps up to the heady levels of 240 HP, thanks to a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. All three trims handle like a sedan, with a 34.8-foot turning circle.

When it comes to available features, while the base LX trim has nice performance and towing power it does not come with safety features like Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert or Blind Spot Detection. The EX trim has all of these safety features optional if you so choose, and the SX Turbo has all of these intuitive features included standard for a safer driving experience. On the tech side, the LX comes with the base audio package with six speakers and a 5-inch touchscreen, while the EX comes with a 7-inch screen for easier use while you're on the road, with the best package (an 8-inch screen with voice-command navigation) also available. The SX Turbo comes standard with the largest screen size and voice-command navigation so you can keep your focus on the drive while you're following directions.

The 2017 Kia Sportage is a powerful, versatile and fun small SUV, and we have it in stock at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL.  We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area.  Call us at 877-544-6706 or come visit us so you can take the Kia Sportage on a test drive.  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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