If you remember four generations ago of the Kia Sportage you would never have expected this SUV to ever bring home any awards. Over the past fifteen years Kia has steadily climbed the ladder to become a better brand and a more trusted part of the automotive marketplace. With a new generation of the Kia Sportage as part of the 2017 lineup, this compact SUV has brought home the hardware to prove it’s a vehicle worth the price and effort as it carries forward by being one of the compact SUVs on the market that you’d love to drive.

For 2017 the Kia Sportage has won the award from Cars.com as the Best New Compact SUV of 2017. This is a serious accomplishment considering how littered this particular part of the market is right now. Even with the stiff level of competition, the Kia Sportage came out on top and was presented with this award as part of the Detroit Auto Show held earlier this month. This award validates the level of commitment Kia has created to become a brand we not only want to buy for the low price, but also for the high level of quality the vehicles from Kia present us with on a regular basis.

During the Detroit Auto Show Cars.com offered awards in several categories. These categories included the Best Pickup Truck, Eco-Friendly Car of the Year, Family Car of the Year, Luxury Car of the Year and Play Car of the Year to name a few. All of these awards are based upon three key items; quality, innovation and value. There’s no doubt Kia has always been a brand about value and now that it has moved forward to bring us more performance in the other two categories the Sportage is an SUV you’ll want to drive.

What can you expect when you choose the new 2017 Kia Sportage? There are two drivetrains for this compact SUV, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 240 horsepower with FWD and 260 lb.-ft. of torque or the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine that brings you 181 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. The turbo engine is found in the SX Turbo model while the other engine is used on the LX and EX trims giving you an impressive trim lineup to choose from when you’re looking for the right SUV to drive this year.

The new Kia Sportage is the validation that Kia has been looking for with the Cars.com award and the impressive new design, style, equipment and capability. If you’re looking for the right compact SUV to drive this year, make sure you spend some time checking out the new Sportage, this vehicle will provide you with the joy of driving you want and make sure you have all the upscale features that are often only found in luxury models. Check out this newly awarded SUV and see if you agree with Cars.com and think it deserves an award for the impressive SUV that it is.