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2023 Kia Sportage: Kia’s new crossover grows by leaps and bounds

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The 2023 Kia Sportage celebrates the fifth generation of the South Korean automaker’s oldest nameplate. Previous generations of the Kia Sportage were great choices for a compact family SUV with comfortable seats, plenty of standard features, and an exceptional warranty. However, the Sportage gets lost in translation when it takes on Japanese stalwarts like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and even the Subaru Forester, but the 2023 Sportage disagrees.

“The highly successful formula of our current stable of SUVs has been infused into every ounce of the new Sportage, transforming it into a group leader with its cutting-edge design, adventurous ability and desirable in-car technology,” said Sean Yoon, president and CEO. CEO of Kia North America.

2023 Kia Sportage: What’s New?

The Sportage debuted in early 2021 as the most extensive iteration of Kia’s compact SUV. It is now 7.1 inches longer than the outgoing model and has a 3.4-inch longer wheelbase. Plus, the new Sportage is half an inch taller and wider than before. Naturally, accelerated growth translates into a more spacious cabin. Kia claims 41.3 inches of rear legroom and 39.6 cubic feet of cargo space (with rear seats upright) make it a class leader in the segment.

The 2023 Kia Sportage is sitting on the automaker’s new N3 architecture, as is the larger seven-seat Sorento SUV. Kia says the stiffer chassis has more hot-stamped parts and more ultra-high-strength steel. In addition, the new Sportage has more sound insulation to offer a quieter ride.

Photo: Kia Motors America.

Kia Sportage powertrain and trim levels

The 2023 Kia Sportage will hit US showrooms with a staggering array of trim levels: LX, EX, SX, SX-Prestige and X-Line. Kia is also launching off-road versions of the new Sportage called the X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige.

Kia has yet to reveal powertrain options, but we reckon it will have the same 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine as the Hyundai Tucson (good for 187 horsepower, more or less). The engine comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that turns the front wheels (FWD), while all-wheel drive (AWD) is optional across the line (and standard on Sportage X-Line and X-Pro). Additionally, AWD versions get 1.5 inches more ground clearance than FWD variants.

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

Later, in 2022, the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid will arrive, with the same hybrid powertrain as the Tucson Hybrid. It has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, a 44 kW electric motor and a 1.49 kW lithium-ion battery, which pumps a combined 226 horsepower to the front wheels (FWD) or Active AWD. Kia with an electrical system. hydraulic coupling and central locking differential. Kia claims up to 39 mpg with the new Sportage Hybrid, keeping it in close company with other hybrids like the CR-V and RAV-4 Hybrid.

“While Kia is moving determinedly toward electrification, we are further strengthening the Sportage line by adding a variety of options suitable for all different types of customers,” added Yoon.

New Age Design

Kia has nailed it in terms of design, and the 2023 Sportage is no exception. Although based on Hyundai’s Tucson, Kia’s “Opposites United” design language is a mix of sharp lines, angular fenders, muscular shoulders and “smooth surfaces offset by rough shapes,” Kia said. It has a floating “tiger nose” grille that now spans the width of the front fascia.

Additionally, the boomerang daytime running lights form dramatic angles for an aggressive facade. At the rear, the new Sportage has notch-shaped taillights and a thin black panel on the tailgate. Of course, it’s hard to miss the oversized Kia logo that rests under the rear glass.

The 2023 Sportage X-Line features unique front and rear bumpers with satin chrome trim, gloss black side mirrors and window sills, and 19-inch custom alloy wheels. On the other hand, the Sportage X-Pro features 17-inch matte black off-road wheels, BF Goodrich off-road tires, LED fog lights and multi-terrain driving modes, among many others.

Feature-rich cockpit

As expected, the 2023 Kia Sportage will feature a new cabin with better materials and a host of near-luxury features. A dual widescreen curved display is available with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen. The dash has angular air vents that seem to hug the curved screen for an organic feel. It also has an asymmetrical center console with a new touch panel (for the climate and audio controls) and massive cup holder trays.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are standard. At the same time, the long list of available features includes a premium Harman Kardon audio system, multi-connection Bluetooth, wireless charging, and a 360-degree surround view monitor.

Interior design of the Sportage X-Pro 2023.
Interior design of the Kia Sportage X-Pro 2023. Photo: Kia Motors America.

Advanced security features

All trim models of the 2023 Kia Sportage are standard with Forward Collision Prevention, Lane Following Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Reverse Parking Distance Warning and many more.

Kia Sportage warranty

Every new Kia leaves the factory with a five-year / 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Kia vehicles have one of the best warranties in the business, but you can still benefit from a Kia Extended Warranty if you drive a lot.

2023 Kia Sportage: pricing and availability

The 2023 Kia Sportage will go on sale in early 2022, while the Sportage Hybrid will follow in mid-2022. Pricing is still to come, but an MSRP of around $ 25,000 is expected. When it comes to getting the best price on any new Kia SUV, we trust Rydeshopper, a free, neutral third-party search site that lets you view dealer inventories and the best incentives in your area.

Alvin Reyes is a columnist for Automoblog and an expert on sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics and accounting in his youth and is still very much in love with his old Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also likes fried chicken, music, and medicinal herbs.

Photos and source: Kia Motors America.

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