KIA Sportage was named Autotrader's 2017 Must Test Drive Vehicle.
By Anna Kim
The Goddess of fortune was with Kia Motors of America (KMA) in March.
The 2017 Kia Sportage has been named one of Autotrader’s 2017 Must Test Drive vehicles.
To be recognized as a Must Test Drive award winner a vehicle must be of the current or next model-year, be available to purchase at the time of the awards announcement, have a base price under $75,000, and offer a significant value. Vehicles also must score no lower than a 3.5 on Autotrader’s five-point scale.
According to the Autotrader’s experts, the award-winning, fourth generation Sportage CUV, was recognized for sophisticated design, refined premium interior, and intelligent packaging. Cutting-edge design, engaging driving dynamics, advanced driver assistance systems, and premium materials put Sportage at the head of the class.
The key factor that led the Kia Sportage to be a good fit in Autotrader’s evaluation and get an outstanding outcome was world-class craftsmanship and invincible design.
“Winning an Autotrader 2017 Must Test Drive Award is further testament to the transformation of the Kia brand and marks another accolade for the Sportage, our longest-running nameplate,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning Kia Motors of America (KMA). “Sportage balances world-class craftsmanship and outstanding design, while delivering a host of standard features at a low starting price.”
Autotrader is in celebration of Kia Sportage in a broad spectrum.
“The redesigned Kia Sportage is on our Must Test Drive list mainly because it's so good at so many things. The Sportage has a wide range of prices and options, has a unique look and comfortable interior,” said Brian Moody, executive editor at Autotrader.
The Sportage is the elder statesman of Kia’s lineup, a ridgepole of the company’s great success in the U.S. The 2017 model, the fourth-generation Sportage, was well timed in its arrival. Now Compact CUVs are in high demand and there is no sales slowdown in sight.
The roomie interior also provides better visibility for drivers, and offers more available comfort features such as heated and ventilated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat with lumbar support, and eight-way power control for the front passenger seat.
Effectively, the 2017 Sportage stands out in the hot-selling compact CUV segment. The year of 2017 is expected to be another touchstone for the growth of the Autotrader’s award-winning tycoon.
KIA 2017 Sportage.
The roomie interior provides better visibility for drivers.
KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia.