Late last year I attended the Los Angeles Auto Show where Kia unveiled their all-new 2017 Kia Sportage. It was a beautifully designed CUV that left me curious and wanting to get behind the wheel.

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Last weekend, Kia gave me the opporunity to do just that when they flew me down to San Diego, California for their 2017 Sportage Ride-N-Drive event.

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The 2017 Kia Sportage boasts a sophisticated design, a refined premium interior and significant ride and handling improvements.

As a mom, I am always on the look out for vehicles that can keep up with my busy lifestyle. From school, to sports pratices, to errands, I feel like most of my time with my kids is spent on the road.

Because we are always in the car, spaciousness is key in any vehicle we drive. The 2017 Kia Sportage has plenty of room to strap in the car seats and stretch out your legs. Plus, there is enough storage spots and cup holders to leave the interior clutter-free.

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The cargo area in the Sportage has increased by 18% which makes this mom very happy.

Speaking of the cargo area… the Sportage features a smart liftgate that makes getting into the cargo area a lot easier. No hands and no feet needed. Simply stand in front of the liftgate and watch it open. This is a huge lifesaver when grocery shopping or trying to fold up a stroller and load it into the vehicle.

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The interior features a more modern and precise design, that features a dramatic surface.

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The design of the dashboard is divided into two areas. The top area provides occupants an amazing color touchscreen, which is canted slightly towards the driver. The lower area features easily identifiable switchgear to operate the available dual-zone climate system, audio and secondary controls.

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If you’re like me and into the audio performance inside the vehicle, you’ll be happy to know that you can listen to the music as the band intended you to hear it, thanks to Harman Kardon and ClariFi technology.

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Overall, the 2017 Kia Sportage is an attractive CUV. It boasts a sporty, yet sophisticated design that is attractive to the eye. It features top safety features to keep your family safe while on the road, and offers comfort for those every day car trips.

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The all-new Sportage will be avaliable starting at $22,990. Visit kia.com for more information.