Kelley Blue Book Finds Much to Appreciate in the New 2018 Kia Sportage

The auto research and valuation experts call our automaker's new UV "compelling ... holding its own" with compact and subcompact crossover competition like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape, as well as with other segment mainstays. So, what specifically did KBB find impressive about the new Kia Sportage? It all came down to the details of a winning combination of last year's redesign and numerous updates for the model year.

KBB lauded 2018 Sportage, for instance, not only for its attention-capturing style. It also found to its liking the standard and optional availability of a huge array of upscale, premium-feel features and high-tech safety equipment, alongside the quality testament of excellent warranty coverage.

To wit, the new Kia Sportage LX base incorporates the tailored drive of Sport, Normal, Eco modes, durable stain-resistant YES Essentials® upholstery, and the control at your fingertips of a 5-inch touchscreen and six-speaker audio system duo with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. That's not to mention the situational awareness during reverse maneuvers afforded by a rearview camera. Step up to the mid-level Kia Sportage EX, and you'll begin to see luxury trappings in elements like leather upholstery, driver-assist tech like standard blind-spot detection and cross-traffic alert, touchscreen infotainment that grows to 7 inches in size, and the incorporation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone integration.

Likewise, options abound. Select Sportage trims see the availability of Dynamax® AWD with a locking differential for command of traction, built-in 8-inch touchscreen navigation for directional convenience, and lane-departure warning to simplify staying the course. What's more, letting in a touch of Mother Nature for the trip's a breeze thanks to an available panoramic sunroof, and a premium 320-watt harman/kardon audio system brings a symphonic soundtrack along for the ride.

There's even a few new features for 2018. Equip your new Kia Sportage LX with a likewise-new Technology Package, and you can take advantage of top-tier driver assistance features like autonomous emergency braking, among others. These are now standard in Kia Sportage EX, and the new Sportage SX Turbo now features an electronic parking brake with auto hold for incline management.

Last but never least, Kelley Blue Book had its own share of favorites. Above all, for the reviewer, it came down to luxury appointments available in abundance, and for less, from heated and ventilated seating options to a heated steering wheel and power tailgate, to name a few. Eager to explore a few of your own? We're sure you'll find plenty in our lineup of new Kia Sportage SUVs here in Groveport, OH. Take the short drive out to 4255 S. Hamilton Rd. for a visit to Ricart Kia, and we'll be delighted to take you for a spin.

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