The 2017 Kia Sportage entered the 2017 model year with a ton of momentum, with a redesign to its exterior, as well as enhancements to its interior room and fuel economy. Now that we've had some time to let the dust settle, its dominance in the small SUV class is even more profound, with a mantle full of trophies that would make any high-achiever green with envy.
Before we anoint the 2017 Sportage the winner in a comparison with a fellow small SUV, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, we'll compare their performance and features and awards, among other criteria, to see which is the superior crossover. Let's start with what every crossover needs to have: Solid-to-great power. The 2017 Sportage begins with 181 HP in its base trim and climbs the ladder to 240 HP in its SX Turbo trim, while the 2017 Outlander Sport begins at a compact-like 148 HP and moves up a bit to a sedan-like 168 HP. The 2017 Sportage will make it easier for you to change lanes or merge onto the highway, among other benefits, with this added power.
|2017 Kia Sportage||Vs.||2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport|
|60.1||Cargo Room (cubic feet)||49.5|
|Yes||IIHS Top Safety Pick?||No|
|Yes||Autotrader "12 Must Test Drive Vehicles for 2017"?||No|
|Yes||Cars.com "Best New Compact SUV" for 2017?||No|
The 2017 Kia Sportage has a massive edge in performance, but it also comes with about a quarter more cargo room with a maximum of 60.1 cubic feet to the 2017 Outlander Sport's 49.5, so you can fit more shopping bags or camping equipment in the back of the Sportage. And the 2017 Sportage also has used its upgrade in design and features to garner awards like Autotrader's "12 Must Test Drive Vehicles for 2017" and Cars.com's "Best New Compact SUV" for 2017, neither of which the 2017 Outlander Sport had a whiff of. In addition, safety is a priority when you're shopping for a vehicle, and the 2017 Sportage was an IIHS Top Safety Pick, which means it's among the most impact-resistant models in its class.
When you combine the power, features and space of the 2017 Kia Sportage, it’s an easy decision over the 2017 Outlander Sport. Fortunately, we have the Sportage available on the lot for a nice price at Frank Boucher Kia of Racine, 9601 Washington Avenue in Racine WI, though we also serve the area which includes Milwaukee, West Allis and Kenosha. For more information about the Kia models on our lot, call (262) 725-4041 or come visit us at the dealership so we can set you up with a test drive.