2023 Kia Sportage: What We Know So Far


The 2023 Kia Sportage separates itself from the throng of compact crossovers with its extroverted styling. The Kia’s unconventional face features a set of alien-looking headlights and a distinct grille design. Its bolder bodywork is also dimensionally bigger than before, which translates to more cargo space and a roomier interior. Inside, the new Sportage is both attractive and packed with tech that includes a massive dash-mounted screen. Motivation comes from a four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic that pairs with front- or all-wheel drive. With tough competition from segment stalwarts such as the Mazda CX-5, as well as updated opponents such as the new Honda CR-V, the 2023 Sportage will have to prove it has more to offer than just a wild-looking exterior.

What’s New for 2023?

The 2023 Sportage will enter an all-new generation when it reaches showrooms early next year. The current generation is unchanged for the 2022 model year.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    Kia hasn’t said how much the 2023 Sportage will cost, but the company has announced the selection of trim levels. We’ll wait to recommend which one to buy until we have official pricing and a complete roster of standard and optional features.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    Under the hood is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that’s expected to make 187 horsepower. The engine mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission that’s compatible with both front- and all-wheel drive. Kia says a hybrid powertrain will also be offered at some point. The Sportage rides on a new platform with a longer wheelbase that’s said to help provide better driving dynamics as well as reduce noise and vibration. The introduction of rugged-looking trims such as the X-Line give the compact ute an off-road vibe, but the X-Pro actually has some equipment to help tackle the rough stuff. It rides on black 17-inch rims and all-terrain tires, and features a selection of drive modes.

      Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

      Kia hasn’t said how fuel-efficient the 2022 Sportage will be. Once we can test one on our 75-mph fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the Sportage’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

      Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

      Inside, the Sportage looks to make an impression with a snazzy design highlighted by a huge digital display on the dashboard and other various eye-catching details. The images we’ve seen show an attractive two-tone color scheme, and the shape of the air vents on the dash are particularly distinct. The center console boasts a rotary shift knob, a push-to-start button, and myriad other controls that blend into the piano-black bezel. Thanks to bigger dimensions overall as well as a longer wheelbase, the Sportage has more rear-seat legroom and 40 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat. There’s also a dual-level cargo floor for even more versatility.

      Infotainment and Connectivity

      On the infotainment front, the Sportage comes standard with desirable features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Along with a large 12.3-inch instrument panel, there’s an available 12.3-inch touchscreen that together form one seamless screen on the dashboard. There are also neat touch-sensitive controls below the infotainment interface that alternate between the climate system and the stereo. An upgraded Harman/Kardon unit is available as well as a wireless phone charger and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot.

      Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

      The new Sportage will be offered with a variety of standard and optional driver-assistance technology. The roster includes everything from navigation-based adaptive cruise control and a remote parking feature that’s essentially the same as Hyundai’s Smart Park system. For more information about the Sportage’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

      • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
      • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
      • Available blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert

        Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

        Kia boasts one of the best warranty plans out there, with the longest powertrain warranty in the industry. However, it lacks the complimentary maintenance of competitors such as Toyota and even its corporate sibling, Hyundai.

        • Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
        • Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
        • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

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