2017 Kia Sportage vs. Its Competition

2017 Kia Sportage
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Sportage is one of the smaller crossover SUVs on the road, and it's always carried a more stylish appeal than its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Tucson.

The Tucson's new this year, bigger and more fuel-efficient, and its more softly curved shape and upgraded interior go a long way to boosting its status in this niche.

The Nissan Juke goes in the other direction: it's a somewhat bizarre-looking 'ute with a stiff ride and very nimble handling, but very cramped back-seat space and a small cargo bin; in all fairness, it's also a size smaller.

The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 are some of the best sellers in this class; the RAV4 adds a hybrid model this year for better fuel economy and performance, while the CR-V offers the best combination of space and safety.

Meanwhile, Ford's facelifted the Escape and transplanted two new engines into it this year.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Kia Sportage beefs up its sport-shoe styling—and its hardware—as it tackles the crossover-SUV niche head-on.
The 2017 Ford Escape foregoes a bit of utility in the name of style and sportiness, making it one of the better crossovers to drive.
It's hard to imagine a compact crossover better aligned with the needs of most buyers than the 2017 Honda CR-V.
The 2017 Hyundai Tucson doesn't live on the cutting edge, but it's an attractive, economical crossover SUV that's worth a spot on your shopping list.
The 2017 Nissan Juke is best considered as the sportiest pick among subcompact crossovers, but it does come at a price.
There's a RAV4 for just about everyone, and while we applaud Toyota for adding more safety technology for 2017, the competition is worth a good look, too.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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