The redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage earned top honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which awarded the sporty crossover the Top Safety Pick Plus rating (TSP+). For the TSP+ qualification, a vehicle must pass the IIHS testing parameters requiring the vehicle to receive “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests. Included in the testing parameters are small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints. For the addition of the “Plus” rating, the vehicle must also rate as an “advanced” or “superior” mark for front crash prevention. The 2017 Sportage soared high receiving “good” crashworthiness ratings and a “superior” rating for the optional front-crash prevention system.
Orth Hendrick, Vice President of Product Planning for Kia stated, “The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the most recognized and respected organizations in the industry when it comes to evaluating vehicle safety, and as such, the Top Safety Pick Plus designation is a significant achievement. We are especially proud to have our all-new Sportage earn that TSP+ rating in light of IIHS’ new, more challenging standards, validating the efforts of our engineers and the priority we place on safety.”
The 2017 Kia Sportage is likely to become one is Kia’s best selling vehicles. With a starting MSRP of $22,990, getting into this top rated crossover is quite achievable with a lighter budget.
What makes the Sportage tick? This redesigned crossover boasts advanced driver assistance technologies featuring significant suspension and steering improvements including available intelligent AWD, premium materials and world-class craftsmanship. You can find the Sportage in three trim levels. The sporty SX turbo model is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four that makes 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The LX and EX trims use a 2.4-liter engine that creates 181 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. The Sportage is the first Kia to offer UVO3 which gives the driver 14 telematics services, 8 GB of music storage, and access to onscreen apps and Wi-Fi tethering capability, complete with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, all included in the price.
The 2017 Sportage is available with a wide range of driving-assistance systems and safety features including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and Bi-HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) technology, high-beam assist (HBA), and front and rear parking assist. Furthermore, the structure of the all-new Sportage is significantly improved due to the extensive use of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). With 51 percent of the Sportage’s body-in-white consisting of AHSS, versus the outgoing model’s 18 percent, torsional rigidity has improved 39 percent. In addition, the Sportage utilizes more than a football field’s length (338 feet) of structural adhesives.
For an overview of the safety features on the Sportage, take a look at this video highlighting why the 2017 Kia Sportage is a major contender for safe vehicles in the auto market.