America’s obsession with SUV’s has apparently transferred to crossovers as well. This segment is quickly turning into one of the hottest in the US car market. It is then no surprise, to see big automakers consistently keeping up with this tendency by rolling out models that are every time more stylish and sophisticated as the Kia Sportage compact crossover. Going into its 4th generation the redesigned Sportage debuted in 2015 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The 2017 Sportage strays away from its prior generation with much of German input. Sporting the new tiger nose grill symbolic of the Kia’s fleet and higher headlights. The top-of-the-line SX Turbo Trim features a LED foglight arrangement that kia calls the ice-cube, they are 4 lamps that sits well off on either side of the nose. Also, the wheelbase has stretched by 1.2 inches and its overall length by 1.6 inches. The trim lineup remains the same for the 2017 Sportage: LX, EX and SX Turbo. All trims available with AWD but they come with FWD as standard. Kia’s AWD system called Dynamax, can sense driving conditions and adjust accordingly. To power the LX and EX is a 2.4 Liter 4-Cylender I4 that produce 181 hp and 175 lb-ft torque coupled to a standard 6-peed Spormatic automatic transmission, The gas mileage estimates are in 22/29/25 mpg with the FWD. With the AWD it is 21/25/23 mpg. The SX Turbo trim carries a 2.0 liter I4 that has been turbocharged for 241 hp and 260 lb-ft torque. This engine is also managed by a 6-Speed automatic and fuel efficiency for this turbo has been estimated at 21/26/23 mpg with the FWD and 20/23/21 with AWD. Both engines returning for the 2017 model, with fuel efficiency slightly better than the prior generation. The Sportage suspension for 2017 has being improved with a fully independent 4-point front and multilink independent rear suspension which is more responsive to all possible different road conditions. The SX Turbo has firmer shock absorbers for a sportier feel. The overall frame is more rigid, which translates into a smoother drive. Torsion rigidity is up 39% which translates into a safer ride. The steering has also been upgraded for a better response and feel. The technology was also enhanced as it was everything else. The LX starts with a standard 5-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth hands-free capability and streaming audio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a rear-camera display. The EX and SX Turbo both add Kia’s new UVO3 infotainment system, which features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, up to 8GB of music storage, and a wide array of telematics services. The EX uses a 7-inch touchscreen interface, and the SX Turbo features an 8-inch touchscreen and includes navigation. Although a 160-watt 6-speaker audio system is standard, all trims have the option of a 320-watt Harman Kardon 8-speaker upgrade.