More Performance And Elegance From 2017 Kia Sportage – Rumors And Facts

Those looking for a fun-to-drive crossover SUV that offers excellent value for the money should consider the 2017 Kia Sportage. For 2017, it is offered with a new and refreshing look, lots of interior upgrades, and a new engine.

Additionally, it boasts of better comfort and ride quality thanks to the changes made to its suspension and chassis, improved fuel economy, and upscale interior appointments. The Kia Sportage release date should be expected sometime in the third quarter of 2017 if all goes according to plans.

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Short Summary

As one of the longest running models in Kia’s lineup, the new Sportage marks the fourth-generation with lots of swag ranging from performance updates to new and invigorating looks. The exterior, for example, judging from the 2017 Kia Sportage LA auto show, depicts a modern vehicle and will undeniably arouse social media frenzy once it hits U.S shores. The LED headlights are perched high while the rear fascia looks like a mash-up of BMW, Lincoln, and Ford small crossovers.

More Room

Unique features that are going to be a first for the new model include additional leg and headroom thanks to the added dimensions, the back seats have been lowered in order to allow for easier ingress and egress, and the cargo room has increased by a whopping 31 cu. ft. of extra room.

More Silent Interior?

Interior wise, sound-deadening materials have been offered in plenty therefore significantly reducing tire, the wind, and road noise. New technologies have been offered such as wireless phone charging and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, leather upholstery, Kia’s Uvo 3 package, and a five-inch touchscreen interface. There’s also the wider panoramic sunroof, and the better visibility offered by the thinner reinforcement pillars.

Sporty Nature?

The sporty character of the 2017 Kia Sportage is preserved by the new suspension design and a more rigid chassis while ensuring the ride quality and refined comfort is not jeopardized. But even with such an impressive 2017 Kia Sportage review, what else is out there? Well, the Sportage isn’t the only vehicle in its class that offers such an amazing array of new features.

Competition And Alternatives?

Other alternatives you can sample include the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and the Toyota RAV4. All of these options, unlike the Sportage, offer impressive cargo and passenger space. Nonetheless, the Sportage deserves some bit of consideration.

Fuel Consumption And Engine Specs

Motivation under the hood of the new 2017 Kia Sportage is inspired by the Cessna Jet. A power output of 181 hp and 177 lbs. ft. of torque is generated by a 2.4L engine and this is used to power the base model. Pairing is done with the six-speed automatic.

2017 Kia Sportage engine

Those looking for more oomph should opt for the 2.0L turbocharged engine rated at 241 horsepower and 260 pounds-ft. of torque that comes paired with front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission system. The all-wheel-drive system is optional on either engine.

What Are The Trim Levels For The 2017 Kia Sportage?

Three trims will be available for the five-passenger 2017 Kia Sportage: LX, SX, and EX. Although unconfirmed, the 2017 Kia Sportage GT specs should be expected months before its release date.

Exterior and interior Details For The 2017 Kia Sportage

Some of the standard features offered on the LX include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a USB port, a height-adjustable driver seat, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, auxiliary audio jack, cruise control, folding and reclining rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a CD player, cloth upholstery, a rear privacy glass, a rearview camera, a 4.3” touchscreen display, roof rails, a rear spoiler, a 4.3” touchscreen display, and a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel.

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Kia Sportage SX Model

The sportier 2017 Kia Sportage SX adds LED daytime running lights, aluminum scuff plates, different eighteen-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a turbocharged engine, LED taillights and running lights, a panoramic sunroof, a unique front grille, voice controls, rear parking sensors, an upgraded Infiniti sound system, heated power-folding mirrors, foglights, HD radio, and dual exhaust outlets.

When To Expect It And For How Much?

According to various sources within the industry circles, it is expected the new model will debut in the market in early 2017, if not by the fall of this year.

The 2017 Kia Sportage price starts from an MSRP of around $22,500.

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Compact But Tough – 2017 Kia Sorento – Release Date and Info

The fresh 2017 Kia Sorento is an appealing alternative to five- and seven-passenger crossover SUVs thanks to its versatile third-row seating configuration, voluptuous interior space, and ample features for the money. The Kia Sorento USA release date should be expected sometime before this fall as a 2017 year model.

Additional features that define the new model include excellent crash test scores, well-made and attractive cabin, and user-friendly controls.

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Compact Or Mid-Size?

For starters, if you are trying to make out an understanding of what the concept of the Kia Sorento is all about, here is the preview. It occupies a middle ground between midsize and compact SUVs. The interior quality, space, and design closely mimic that of a compact SUV, while the performance is arguably that of a midsize SUV. For 2017, however, latest Kia Sorento news indicate the balance has tilted more towards one side than the other.

Its dimensions grow a bit larger literally and figuratively. In fact, Kia says the newest Kia Sorento 2017 is perhaps the best alternative to more sophisticated family crossovers like the Toyota Highlander. Also, it’s more akin to two-row crossovers like the Ford Edge, given its available five – and seven-passenger configurations.

Greater Interior Space

Besides the comparisons, the newest model also tacks on some few changes like greater interior space. Although negligible to the ‘naked eye’ they are nonetheless welcome. The driving refinement is also said to be refined, at least according to the South Korea automaker. The cabin materials are upscale and the technologies better than before. There’s no doubt that its styling is more attractive inside and out.

Other changes can be found on its mechanical underpinnings. They include an upgraded suspension system, a strengthened structure, an improved steering, and more refined driving experience.

Resilient Competition

Overall, we’re pleased by the latest 2017 Kia Sorento redesigns. However, rivals have also grown significantly and so have their redesigns and changes too. solid contenders in this class that will have to battle in out with the Sorento include the recently redesigned and released 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Edge, Toyota Highlander, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

2017 Kia Sorento Review of Trims

Five trims are available in total. Trims are for the five and seven-passenger Kia Sorento respectively: LX, L, EX, SX, and SX Limited. Minor changes can be offered on its release date.

2017 Kia Sorento Interior Pictures & Exterior Changes

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Some of the accessories offered for the base L model include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a USB-iPod interface, Bluetooth connectivity, stain-resistant fabric upholstery, LED running lights, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, a folding, reclining, and sliding second-row seats, cruise control, a CD player, satellite and HD radio, three-mode drive settings, and an auxiliary audio jack.

LX Model 2.4L

Opting for the 2017 Kia Sorento 2.4L LX gets you features such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 4.3” touchscreen display, Uvo eServices, a sound-reducing windshield, heated front seats, an auto-dimming mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, rapid-charge USB ports, an eight-way power driver seat, and a tri-zone automatic climate control.

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EX Model 3.3L

The Sorento 3.3L EX gets features such as a leather upholstery, eighteen-inch wheels, a display screen speedometer, power-folding mirrors, sound-reducing front side glass, and a hands-free power tailgate. Others include a panoramic sunroof, second-row side sunshades, a 10-speaker Infiniti sound system, traffic reporting, and an eight-inch touchscreen interface.

SX Limited Model

The Sorento SX Limited gets you the standard features above plus an upgraded exterior trim, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, nineteen-inch wheels, upgraded steering, driver memory settings, a 10-way power driver seat, upgraded leather upholstery, a multi-angle parking camera, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, xenon headlights, ventilated front seats, and LED foglights.

2017 Kia Sorento Engine Specs

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Three engines are offered beneath the hood of the 2017 Kia Sorento: a 185- horsepower – generating 2.4L four-cylinder engine, a 240 hp- producing 2.0L turbocharged engine, and a 3.3L V6 able to generate 290 horsepower.

Fuel economy for the base 2.4L four-cylinder engine stands at 21/29/24 mpg with the FWD models in the city/highway/combined, that for the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder at 20/27/23 mpg for the FWD models, and 19/25/22 mpg for the all-wheel-drive 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder models.

What Are The 2017 Kia Sorento Release Date & Price?

Availability for the Kia Sorento 2017 is expected sometime before this fall. Probably it will feature a price tag of around $25,100.

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Top Secret – New 2017 Kia Optima Review

The new 2017 Kia Optima is set to undergo several refreshments for the new model year, even after last year’s redesign that brought about features such as a new exterior and interior design layout, a myriad of technologies, and some performance tweaks. Prototypes of what appears to be the new Kia Optima have been spotted undergoing testing in Europe, and even with the heavy camouflage, it is quite apparent that the new Optima is set to get several upgrades.

In the meantime, Kia has already unveiled both the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-In Hybrid, with both their release dates and price estimates now public. Continue reading to know the details.

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The Road That Brought KIA So Far

Granted, the midsize sedan segment is home to tons of sedans so re-known that they need no introduction. Fusion. Camry. Accord. The list is endless especially when you factor the least known brands. KIA has recently become a serious contender in this competitive market despite being in the scene for over fifteen years. Just like the model it replaces, the 2017 model aims to further elevate the brand’s nameplate a notch higher.

The model is an excellent choice for buyers looking for a fresh alternative to an otherwise staid segment and represents Kia’s brand’s maturation through obsessive attention and continuous refinement to details. It is expected to continue being KIA’s top-selling vehicle.

Better Or Worse?

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid was unveiled during the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. It enjoys the same design – inside and out – as the all-new 4th generation, gas-powered Optima Sedan. Relative to the outgoing model, the new model aims to up the ante by offering a premium driving experience, better fuel economy (10% improvement), and modern styling.

Slightly Better Economy?

The Kia Optima Hybrid 2017 gets a new powertrain that targets a 10% increase in fuel economy. According to Kia, a new compact and efficient 2.0L GDI four-cylinder comes coupled with a 38kW electric motor to generate a combined output of around 193 horsepower @6,000 rpm.

Another release from Kia for 2017 is the Optima Plug-In Hybrid, also unveiled during the Chicago Auto Show 2016. New features and technologies are now available for the Kia Optima PHEV, including a more robust, smarter infotainment system, a more powerful hybrid engine, greater interior refinement, and new exterior design enhancements.

The midsize sedan segment is not that rich when it comes to the competition. The 2017 Honda Accord features powertrain excellence, a bold new styling, and thorough refreshments. The 2017 Mazda 6, although lacking a powerful engine, is fun to drive and stylish. The 2017 Hyundai Sonata and the 2016 Toyota Camry are other solid choices shoppers should also check out.

Do We Know The Release Date And Price For The New 2017 KIA Optima?

The release date has been set for early 2017, at least to latest info reaching our news desk. As for the price, here’re the figures: Kia Optima Sedan – $23,000, Kia Optima Hybrid – $27,000, and the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid – $35,000. The pricing info is just a speculation, as Kia is yet to make the exact details known.

2017 Kia Optima Exterior Details Are Blurred Until The Release

Judging from the images and spy photos we have of the KIA Optima Sedan, we think it’d be wise to say the new model has made a confident leap forward in terms of freshness and modern designs. The exterior design is a testament to how far Kia has come as a brand, and how far it aims to go.
The Kia Optima’s exterior is boldly designed to be sporty and functional with exterior dimensions that remain unaltered over the existing model. But because of the heavy camouflage, much of the exterior will remain a mystery until KIA decides to unmask the prototype, probably sometime closer to its release date.

2017 KIA Optima Interior Also Known As A Mistery

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The interior of the sedan, too, remain a mystery. The new Optima Hybrid, however, delivers a host of convenience features and comprehensive driver-assistance systems. Its cabin is more comfortable and larger than before. Doors and dash feature real stitching, while soft-touch materials are available for the model-specific instrument panel gauges.

Available Trims Are Unchanged

The sedan is available in four trims just like before – Optima EX, SX, SXL, and LX. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid is only available in EX trim model, while the Optima Hybrid is available in LX and EX rims.

Engine Specs?

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid engine

Much of what the sedan comes with under the hood is still a mystery. However, we expect the powerful turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that powered the Optima SX and SXL to return.


KIA has already confirmed the available safety technologies for the Optima Hybrid. They include a Blind Spot Monitor, Front Collision Monitor, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Advanced Smart Cruise Control. Crash impact safety assessment is ongoing – details will be offered later.

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All New Details For The 2017 Kia Rio

True, the new 2017 Kia Rio might lack the refinement of some of its class-leading rivals, however, it’s a solid pick for anyone shopping in the subcompact sedan and hatchback segment thanks to its stylish interior and exterior, strong acceleration, high-quality interior materials, spacious seating arrangement, and ample standard and optional features. The Kia Rio release date should be expected sometime in early 2017.

Last Minute Redesign

With its last redesign done four years ago, the Kia Rio was rather dated by conventional standards, especially considering the number of fresher and newer rivals nipping its heels at every turn. However, the new redesign brings a number of changes such as the new exterior and interior designs. Despite the superficial changes, the Kia Rio remains true to its roots.

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Bigger In Size

The front and rear fascias have been refined a bit and appear more chiseled on the sides. It is handsome inside and out just like its history can attest to. It however manages to avoid the awkward proportions that some vehicles in its class are coming with. Its interior is also noteworthy – it comes with ample space even for the backseat occupants. The trunk is similarly spaced.

Lots of fine technologies have also been offered, and despite the base model’s appearing rather Spartan, the top-of-the-line models are chock full of creature comforts and a respectable roster of technologies to match their position.

In terms of performance, no changes have been announced this far. Therefore, we should expect to see every 2017 Kia Rio to come with a 138-horsepower – generating four-cylinder engine. Fuel economy remains laudable at 31 mpg, but a majority of its competition easily surpass it. Downsides include a mediocre suspension refinement and handling.

Competition available includes vehicles such as the Honda Fit, Scion iA, Ford Fiesta, and the Chevrolet Sonic.

Available Trim Levels For The New Kia Rio Are…

Three trims are offered for the five-passenger 2017 Kia Rio Hatchback and Sedan: SX, EX, and LX.

Latest 2017 Kia GT rumors say the new model will most likely debut at the Paris Motor Show slates for the fourth quarter of 2017. The same sources say the hot Kia Rio GT hot hatch will directly rival the Ford Fiesta ST once it is released.

2017 Kia Rio Interior & Exterior Changes

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Some of the standard features available for the subcompact 2017 Rio LX model include a trip computer, keyless entry and ignition, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, fifteen-inch steel wheels, power windows and locks, a six-speaker stereo, heated power mirrors, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a USB port, a trip computer, and a folding rear bench.

Upgrading to the Kia Rio EX gets you dual illuminated vanity mirrors, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, fifteen-inch alloy wheels, a soft-touch dash, cruise control, LED foglights and taillights, adaptive xenon headlights, a chrome grille surround, a sliding rear console, upgraded cloth upholstery, and a six-speaker premium sound system.

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The optional Eco package offered for the Rio EX model includes features such as a rearview camera, stop-start system, leather seating, a seven-inch touchscreen display, foglights, shift knob, gray accent stitching, and automatic xenon headlights.

The 2017 Kia Rio SX is the top-of-the-line model and comes with features such as LED taillights, a rearview camera, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, a leather upholstery, a navigation system, heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, a sport-tuned suspension system, and the Uvo infotainment system.

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What Are The Engine Specs For The New Kia Rio?

Motivation for the new vehicle is offered by the 138-horsepower – generating 1.6L four-cylinder engine. Torque output is rated at 123 lbs. ft. of torque. The six-speed manual is standard while its automatic counterpart is offered as an option.

2017 Kia Rio engine

EPA says the fuel economy for the manual for combined city/highway cruising should be expected at around 27 mpg, and about 38 mpg with the automatic transmission. The fuel saving stop-start feature available for the Kia Rio EX enables the vehicle achieve fuel economy ratings of about 28/37/32 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Kia Rio Release Date & Price

Credible sources say the new Rio Hatchback and Rio Sedan prices starts from $15,495 and $14,165 respectively. Availability is scheduled around early 2017.

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