The Motorist Choice Award is given to vehicles at the top of their segments. Data is collected by AutoPacific and IntelliChoice. These research firms measure data points such associated with new vehicle ownership satisfaction and cost of ownership. The output of this data is a group of vehicles that can be a great long term investment, as they are enjoyable to own and have less-than-expected ownership costs. For the 2017 award, the Kia Sportage won the compact crossover SUV category.
This iteration of the Sportage has two available power plants. The base engine is a 2.4L 181 hp / 175lb-ft of torque naturally aspirated inline four cylinder. The SX Turbo is a 2.0L mill making 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The six speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive. Underneath, the chassis uses advanced high strength steel. The suspension tuned on the stiff side, but not aggressive or unstable. In the cabin is the UVO3 infotainment system. It features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as telematic services and an 8gb HDD.
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