2018 Kia Sportage is a Hit with Kelley Blue Book

Calling the latest Kia SUV "compelling ... holding its own" with competition like Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape across the compact and subcompact crossover segments, the auto research and valuation expert found plenty by which to be impressed.

In short, for KBB, it came down to the combo of a redesign from last model year and several standout updates for this one, making 2018 Sportage the whole proverbial package, and Illinois drivers can look forward to nothing less. Beyond a fresh, new style to capture attention, the compact SUV makes available an enormous variety of premium-feel features and advanced safety equipment. Discover the new Sportage for yourself here at Gerald Kia of North Aurora, and you'll see what the pro reviewers mean.

Step into durable, stain-resistant YES Essentials® seating inside the LX base. You'll find a command center showcasing a six-speaker, 5-inch touchscreen-equipped infotainment system for settings and function control at your fingertips. Bluetooth and USB interfaces offer the connectivity you need to make hands-free calls and energize your devices, helping you stay in the know on the go. On that note, for keeping an eye on your surroundings during reverse maneuvers, a rearview camera comes standard. Ascend to the midrange Sportage EX, and luxury elements like sumptuous leather seating present, flanked by driver-assist technologies such as standard blind-spot detection and cross-traffic alert, a touchscreen that grows to a sizable 7 inches, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to extend smartphone control to the dash.

You can also look forward to plenty of options. Select trims offer the professional command of traction of Dynamax® AWD with a locking differential, 8-inch touchscreen navigation for turn-by-turn guidance, and lane-departure warning to help keep you on course. Looking to let a touch of Mother Nature in for the trip? An available panoramic sunroof can make it happen. Finally, but not all, an optional 320-watt premium Harman/Kardon sound system offers to take your road-trip mixes to the next level.

Of course, a few new features appear for 2018, too. Purchase or lease a new Sportage LX here in North Aurora with a new Technology Package, and you can avail yourself of topflight driver assist perks like autonomous emergency braking. The package even comes standard in the EX trim. Rise to the new Sportage SX Turbo, and you gain an electronic parking brake with an auto hold feature for incline management.

Kelley Blue Book even shared some of its own favorite aspects. For one, in general, luxury-style equipment available in abundance for less, from heated, ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel to a convenient power tailgate. We'll bet you'll find a few of your own, too, among our lineup of new Kia Sportage SUVs here in North Aurora. Take the short drive out to see us at 201 Hansen Blvd. for a visit, and we'll introduce you!

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