Why buy the 2017 Kia Sportage?

kia sportageThe all new Kia Sportage is about to roll into our showroom (it might already be here!), and it’s no secret that we are excited about what this new Sportage has to offer our buyers. Since the early days of its inception, lots has changed about its design and functionality, and we think this is the best Sportage ever. We know that our buyers are going to love this SUV as much as we do. Just in case you’re still on the fence, here are ten reasons to buy the Kia Sportage:

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1. The cockpit is all new. During the design of this new version of the Sportage, special time and attention was given to making sure that the driver has everything he needs easily within reach. This includes a newly designed steering wheel with a flat bottom, as well as a center console that has been tilted so it is easier for the driver to see. There is more room for the legs and it’s going to much easier to control your infotainment system from the driver’s seat, especially because of the call and radio control buttons located right on the steering wheel.

2. The engine has been fully turbo charged. What does this mean? It means that this year’s Sportage is going to be much more fun to drive than any other previous incarnation. It features more than 240 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque, making it one of the most powerful four cylinder SUVs on the market. There are even more powerful engine options available for those who want something with even more get up and go.

3. The cargo space has been expanded. The longer body of the Sportage means that there is not just more leg room for passengers (with nearly five inches added over previous models), but also that there is much more room for hauling items. The cargo capacity is over fifty cubic feet, which makes it easy to help your friends move, tote around large items, gear up for camping, and more. You can fold down the rear seats to really get the most out of your Sportage’s storage area.

4. Every Sportage has three driving modes. If you are interested in occasionally optimizing your drive for power and occasionally optimizing it to help protect the planet, you are in luck. The Sportage, no matter which trim level you choose, has three driving modes. These are Normal, Sport, and Eco. The Eco mode will provide you better fuel economy while the Sport mode will give you more powerful acceleration. This gives you more control than ever before over how you drive.

5. The body is stronger. When it comes to safety features, especially with SUVs, you want a body that is made of high strength steel. This is exactly what the Kia Sportage’s body is made from. The 2016 model was only 18% steel, while the 2017 model is 51% steel, the highest rating in Sportage history, making it the strongest, too.

6. You’ll have a better ride and better handling. During the redesign leading up to the 2017 model, emphasis was put on improving both the quality of the ride and how the vehicle handles. There are more and better shock absorbers on the rear suspension. The front struts have been reworked so that they are more adaptable to how to road changes and shifts underneath the wheels. You cannot go wrong with this vehicle. It is going to be more fun to drive and the ride for your passengers is going to be much, much smoother.

7. The fog lights have been improved. Complete with new LED fog lights, seeing in low visibility driving conditions is going to be easier than ever before. The introduction of the ice cube set up, with four LED lights in a square shape on either side of the vehicle doesn’t just provide the Sportage with a unique appearance. It also makes it much more effective at cutting through fog, snow, and heavy rain, so you’ll be safer on the road, even if you have to drive during bad weather conditions.

8. This is one of the first models with the brand new infotainment system. The 2017 Sportage is one of the first vehicles on showroom floors to have the UVO3, which is Kia’s new and improved infotainment system that comes with a high quality touch screen, navigation, USB ports, and the ability to store music right in your car, completely eliminating the need for external MP3 players plugged or synced to yur car.

9. The exterior has been totally redesigned. In order to make sure that the Sportage keeps up with the Optima and the rest of Kia’s streamlined designs, the exterior of the 2017 Sportage has undergone a redesign. It’s one of the most unique-looking vehicles in our lineup and on the road. It still looks sharp and powerful on the road, while also being made to look even sleeker. You’re going to love how this vehicle looks as you drive it.

10. You can actually afford it. SUVs are traditionally some of the most expensive vehicles on a dealership’s lot. They’re often at least ten thousand dollars more expensive than the average sedan. This is not true of the Kia Sportage. Despite all of the improvements and the streamlined features, the Sportage starts at just under $23,000, which is about what you can buy a mid-sized sedan for from other brands. If you want something bigger and with a little bit more power, this is definitely the better choice.

Kia Buying Checklist

Buying a car and making sure it’s the right car can feel like a daunting task. When you buy a Kia from our lot, you’re guaranteed to get a great vehicle, but that doesn’t mean you’ll always get the right car for you every time. Here is a checklist to help you ensure you’re picking the perfect Kia for your needs:

1. Make a list of your car needs and wants. Needs are things that the vehicle absolutely must have. If you have four kids, you’ll need seating for four kids. Wants are the things that it would be nice for the vehicle to have, like a DVD player or advanced infotainment system. The wants can be further split into deal-breakers and non-deal-breakers.

kia for sale2. Bring your license and insurance information. We won’t be able to let you test drive any of our vehicles if we can’t see your driver’s license or insurance info. If you’re driving here in the car you already own, you’ll probably have both of these things already. If not, make sure to just slip them into your pocket before leaving.

3. Look at the brand models online. This is by no means necessary, but it can be a great way to narrow down your choices before you even come to our lot. If you look at the models online, you’ll be able to eliminate vehicles that don’t meet your needs and you’ll be left just with finding one that fits your wants. If you don’t have a good idea of what you want or need, coming to the lot and looking at every model is a good way to find out.

4. Ask to see the car’s features. You don’t have to be car-savvy to understand most of what makes a car good. Any of our salespeople will be able to tell you which mechanical features are important. Inside the car, even before you set out on a test drive, have the salesperson show you the radio, the infotainment system, and any other features that the car has. Some of our higher trim models will have unique features like lane alerts and automatic braking. Hearing about these features and any others the car has before you get out on the road enables you to give them more attention.

5. Only drive models you are actually interested in buying. Some buyers come to our lot and want to test drive every single model. That’s great! We’re happy to oblige. However, we don’t want buyer to get frustrated because they’ve given themselves too many choices or overwhelmed because they’ve looked at too many vehicles. If you know that you want an SUV, there’s no point in test driving every single sedan on the lot, unless you realize that what you actually really need is a sedan, not an SUV.

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6. Inspect the trunk. Looking at cargo space is vitally important, even if you don’t think you’re going to end up need to pack your car full very often. At some point you might want to move or help someone else move, and having the trunk space to do this can be great. If you regularly have to tote around large items, it is best to look for a Kia that has seats that fold down to give yourself more room or for one of our vehicles that is specifically designed to allow you to haul all your gear.

7. Sit in every seat. While you’ll probably do most of the driving, you’ll probably also have people sitting in the passenger and back seats. The comfort in those seats might not be nearly as important to you as the comfort of the driver’s seat, but it will be important to the people who have to regularly sit there. Is there enough leg room? Are the seats themselves comfortable? Are you able to move the seats? Are there enough seats for your family?

8. Get in and out of the car a few times. You want to make sure that you have enough clearance to get in and out of the car without banging your head and enough room to get your knees in without banging them on the steering wheel or on the dashboard. While you might fit in the car perfectly fine once you’re in, is getting in and out easy enough?

9. Check to see if the steering wheel and driver’s seat positions work for you. Most Kia vehicles come with plenty of adjustments, so it’s not difficult to find a position for the seat and steering wheel that works for you. You will want to make sure, before buying a car, that it is easy to get the seat into a position that allows you to see, reach the pedals, and reach the steering wheel, while sitting in the position that is most comfortable for you. Some people like to be closer to the wheel, while others like to have legs and arms fully extended.

10. Ask to try all different types of roads. You’ll want to see how the car handles on surface streets and on the highway. Every driver is different—some like more get-up-and-go, while others prefer a vehicle that eases to a stop and into motion again. Driving around just surface streets is usually not enough to really feel how a car drives.

Using this checklist as you drive is a great way to make sure that you find a vehicle that meets your needs. Don’t feel rushed or that you have to hurry through the process. You can always come back more than once if you need more time to decide or want to test drive more Kia vehicles!