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2017 Kia Sportage vs Jeep Cherokee

2017 Kia Sportage vs Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Small crossover SUVs like the 2017 Kia Sportage and Jeep Cherokee are sporty and comfortable - perfect for commuters who enjoy the occasional outdoor adventure. Which model is right for you? Take a look at our comparison guide to learn more about how these models compare in terms of fuel economy, passenger protection, interior comfort, and more.

2017 Kia Sportage vs Jeep Cherokee

Passenger Comfort

When it comes to high-quality materials and true luxury feel, the Sportage is a segment leader. The cabin's soft-touch dash and plush seats will impress even tough critics. Then there's the outstanding passenger space. Both rows have plenty of head and leg room - even your 6-foot-tall friends can fit comfortably in the back.

The Cherokee also has a high-quality vibe, especially when you choose one of the upper trim models which come with handsome leather upholstery. Seating is also spacious all around, making the Cherokee a great pick for family outings. If there's one drawback, it's the cargo hold. When you fold the seats down, you only get 54.9 cubic feet of maximum space - as opposed to the 60.1 cubes you get in the Sportage.

Tech Features

The Sportage is also our pick for technology, thanks to its straightforward Uvo infotainment system. Not only is it easy to use, it also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, so you can access important smartphone features directly from the central touchscreen. That means you don't need to look away from traffic to get to your Maps or Messages apps.

In the Jeep Cherokee, the Uconnect system is equally easy to use. In fact, its responsive touchscreen and extensive voice controls make it one of the best infotainment offerings out there. However, the Cherokee doesn't offer complete smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which makes the system seem a little dated.

Off-Road Potential

If you're looking to jump rocks and explore rugged trails, the Jeep Cherokee is your best option. Its advanced four-wheel-drive system - known as Active Drive II - is built to get you through wild terrain. For maximum off-road performance, check out the Cherokee Trailhawk, an off-road-ready model that increases ground clearance and comes standard with a bevvy of specialized hardware - like a locking rear differential for precision on difficult trails.

The 2017 Kia Sportage wasn't built for truly rugged terrain, but it's still big on utility. You can add all-wheel drive to enhance traction on light trails and icy pavement. The six-speed automatic will impress driving enthusiasts with its quick-shifting performance, getting you up to speed in no time at all.

Fuel Economy

The Sportage will save you the absolute most at the pump. Its most frugal powertrain earns 23 city/30 highway mpg. However, the Sportage never feels underpowered - it balances fuel economy with a smooth, swift performance.

The Jeep Cherokee follows close behind, earning up to 21/30 mpg. If you spend most of your time on the highway, you won't notice much difference. However, that small difference in around-town fuel mileage will add up over time, and you'll end up spending more on gas with the Cherokee.

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2017 Kia Sportage vs Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Both small crossover SUVs have wide-ranging appeal, but, with its next-level luxury and tech features, the 2017 Kia Sportage is our overall pick. It's great for commuters who spend the week getting down to business, saving you money on fuel and bolstering your peace of mind with plush comfort. When the weekend hits, the Sportage has the utility you need for a ride in the countryside or a winter trip to the ski lodge. It's the overall best bet in this competition.