Small SUVs are hot right now, and their run of continued popularity looks to be indefinite, as this class combines the handling and fuel economy of a sedan with the cargo space and towing power of an SUV. Our comparison of the redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage vs. the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox should serve as further proof that this is a class of vehicles that is tough yet affordable.
The 2017 Kia Sportage comes out swinging with a redesign that includes a broad, powerful stance, cool color options like Burnished Copper and Hyper Red, and a more streamlined roofline. The 2017 Chevy Equinox has more of the classic crossover look, with prominent roof rails and a broad front fascia design, which makes it look stodgy compared to the 2017 Sportage's vigorous look. And you can have the 2017 Sportage for a significant discount when compared to the 2017 Equinox, as the Sportage goes for prices starting around $19,000 with the Friendly Kia VIP Price, while the competition has the Equinox priced starting around $25,000. You're also saving $5,000 off the MSRP with Friendly.
|2017 Kia Sportage||Vs.||2017 Chevrolet Equinox|
|$19,015 (Friendly Kia VIP)||Price||Starts at $24,565 (The Competition)|
|2,000||Base Towing Capacity (pounds)||1,500|
|Yes||IIHS Top Safety Pick?||TBA (Top Safety Pick in 2016)|
|10-yr/100k-mile limited powertrain, 5-yr/60k-mile bumper-to-bumper||Warranty Coverage||5-yr/60k-mile limited powertrain, 3-yr/36k-mile bumper-to-bumper|
|34.8||Curb-to-Curb Turning Circle (feet)||40.0|
The 2017 Kia Sportage also boasts improved fuel economy and cargo room from 2016 models, with 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway - sedan-like figures - and nearly 10 percent more cargo room at 60.1 cubic feet, more than enough to handle large loads of groceries or bags for a move. The 2017 Equinox can tow 1,500 pounds in standard base trim levels, but the 2017 Sportage exceeds that by 33 percent with a 2,000-pound towing capacity in all trim levels. And the 2017 Sportage negotiates tight spaces better than the Equinox, with a 34.8-foot curb-to-curb turning circle, while the 2017 Equinox has a minivan-like 40-foot turning circle.
In addition to the advantages the 2017 Sportage has in towing in base trims, turning circle and price, it also has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick, which means it is among the most crash-resistant crossovers. That, as well as available safety features like Autonomous Emergency Braking, will keep you and your passengers safe. Come see our available 2017 Sportage inventory 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.