When you’re shopping for a new car for your young driver, there are probably a lot of features and necessities that you want the vehicle to have. During your search, check out the 2018 Kia Sportage, which U.S. News & World Report just named the Best New SUV for Teens in the $25,000-$30,000 range.
The executive editor of U.S. News & World Report, Jamie Page Deaton, specifically praised the vehicle’s safety and dependability. This model year of the Kia Sportage brought home a 2018 Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. When it comes to reliability, the Sportage scored a 4.5 out of five in predicted reliability ratings.
“It’s fantastic Sportage is rated best for teen drivers,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America. “Young and new drivers face many challenges on the road and we’re pleased Sportage offers the right combination of technology, safety ratings and reliability to be rated best in class by U.S. News & World Report.”
The 2018 Kia Sportage comes equipped with many standard safety components, but you might want to consider upgrading to the available Advanced Driver Assistance Features. It includes tech like Blind Spot Detection System, Lane Departure Warning System, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist. These options were a big part of the reason that the Kia Sportage brought home its latest award. While your young driver still needs to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, these safety systems can act as a sort of co-pilot, monitoring the environment for rapidly changing conditions when you aren’t in the passenger seat beside them.
You’ll be happy with the safety and reliability of the 2018 Kia Sportage, but your young driver will be impressed with its infotainment system and interior comfort. When you manage to snag some time behind the wheel, you’ll appreciate the driver-oriented design of the front row, with the angled console and buttons putting the vehicle’s features within easy reach. If your teen like to play sports, the Kia Sportage’s seats fold down easily to transport bulky gear to games and practice.
The 2018 Kia Sportage is a great vehicle, no matter if the driver is a teen with their new license or someone who has been on the road for years .Consider taking it on a test drive and seeing what captivates critics and drivers alike.
This article is presented by Gossett Kia.