All-New 2023 Kia Sportage review

Andrea and Zack of Motormouth have reviewed the 2023 Kia Sportage:

The 2023 Sportage has a new powertrain, a 2.5L 4-cylinder with an 8-speed automatic transmission 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. In Canada, FWD is standard on the base trim; all other trims get standard AWD. In the US, FWD is available on all trims, except the X-Line and X-Pro models, these trims only AWD.

The Kia Sportage Hybrid with a 1.6L turbocharged hybrid powertrain, 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque is not available in Canada yet but it’s coming soon. In the US, it is available and it is getting up to 43 MPG combined for FWD fuel economy and AWD 38 MPG combined, it has more than 500 miles of driving range.

The Kia Sportage Plug-in hybrid with a 13.8 kWh battery and targeted EV range of 52 km/32 miles will be arriving this summer; there is no information at this time on pricing or fuel economy. The Sportage is 7.1” longer, half an inch taller and wider than the outgoing model. It has class-leading rear legroom at 41.3”, which is the same as the Hyundai Tucson and best in class cargo capacity behind the second row at 39.6 cubic feet of space. In Canada, there are 5 trims to choose from including, X-Line and X-Line Limited trims with sportier design elements. In the US, there are 7 trims with X-Line and X-Pro models.

The Sportage gets 10.4L/100km, 23 MPG city and 8.5L/100 km, 28 MPG highway.

In Canada, the LX FWD starts at $28,395 CAD, LX $30,395, X-Line $33,995, EX $35,595, EX Premium $37,595 and X-Line Limited $40,995.

In the US, LX FWD $25,990 USD, LX AWD $27,790, EX FWD $27,990, EX AWD $29,790, X-Line AWD $30,790, SX FWD $31,490, SX AWD $33,290, SX Prestige FWD $33,490, SX Prestige AWD $35,290, X-Pro AWD $34,990, X-Pro Prestige AWD $36,790

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