2023 Kia EV6

2023 Kia EV6
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2023 Kia EV6 Review: The Winds Of Change

by Michael Butler

The Kia EV6 is the first step towards an all-out electric assault from the South Korean brand. This compact crossover tackles a hot market segment, with competitors to the Kia EV6, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, Tesla Model Y, and corporate sibling, the Hyundai Ioniq 5. With these adversaries in mind, the EV6 features handsome styling, an athletic personality, and impressive driving range of up to 310 miles. Available in single-motor RWD or dual-motor AWD configurations, power outputs of 225 horsepower and 320 hp, respectively, are available. For those who want even more spice, we review the new Kia EV6 GT separately as its 576 hp places it in an entirely different league. With an asking price starting at $48,500 for the new year, it's not as affordable as rivals, but innovative technology like Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) capability and rapid charging via an 800-volt electrical architecture helps establish the 2023 EV6 as one of the best contenders in its segment.

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2023 Kia EV6 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2022 EV6?

The big news for customers in the USA is the addition of the EV6 GT, a magnificently quick performance version that produces 576 hp and gets from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds.

With the Inflation Reduction Act coming into effect, the EV6 is no longer eligible for federal tax rebates. Fortunately, the entry-level Light trim is priced at just over $42k. Kia compensates for higher costs with 1,000 kWh of free charging via Electrify America stations.

Pros and Cons

  • Good range
  • Entertaining handling
  • Spacious cabin
  • Rapid charging capabilities
  • V2L functionality is a boon in this segment
  • Small trunk
  • Dated infotainment system
  • Styling not to all tastes

What's the Price of the 2023 Kia EV6?

The base Light trim gives the Kia EV6 a starting price of $42,600, with the Wind models coming in at $48,700 (RWD) and $52,600 (AWD), respectively. No EV tax credits are available, meaning you don't get any chunk of change back. RWD GT-Line models cost $52,900, and things top out at $57,600 in GT-Line AWD guise. These prices exclude the $1,325 destination charge.

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2023 Kia EV6 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Single Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Single Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Single Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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2023 EV6 Exterior

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2023 Kia EV6 Front View
2023 Kia EV6 Rear View
2023 Kia EV6 Front-End View
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  • Length 184.3 in
  • Wheelbase 114.2 in
  • Height 60.8 in
  • Max Width 74.0 in
  • Front Width 64.2 in
  • Rear Width 64.6 in
  • Curb Weight 4,255.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Aurora Black Pearl +$495
  • Glacier +$495
  • Snow White Pearl +$495
  • Steel Matte Gray +$695
  • Yacht Blue
  • Runway Red
  • Interstella Gray
  • Gravity Blue
  • Steel Gray

2023 EV6 Performance

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2023 Kia EV6 Driving Front Angle
2023 Kia EV6 Rear Perspective Driving
2023 Kia EV6 Engine Bay

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
  • Transmission
    Single Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

2023 Kia EV6 Handling and Driving Impressions

Kia has proven that it can build fun-to-drive cars (look at the Stinger), and the EV6 builds on the brand's image as a premium car builder that knows a thing or two about chassis balance and handling dynamics. The EV6 features a battery pack that sits low in the body, giving this EV a low center of gravity. That equates to predictable handling and lots of grip, and the overall driving experience is more entertaining than that of your average ICE-powered compact crossover. The intuitive chassis is let down by a set of relatively skinny tires and a lack of performance braking, but if you're after true electric performance, you'll have to stretch for the new GT model. As an everyday family car, the EV6 feels comfortable and offers easily modulated regenerative braking and light steering.

2023 EV6 Interior

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2023 Kia EV6 Dashboard
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 42.4 in
  • Front Head Room 39.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 39.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.0 in

2023 EV6 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2023 Kia EV6 Cargo Room
2023 Kia EV6 Cargo Capacity
2023 Kia EV6 Trunk Space

2023 EV6 Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is The 2023 Kia EV6 A Good SUV?

The electric compact crossover market is becoming more competitive by the day, but Kia has entered at just the right time. The 2023 EV6 is offered in various trims and is a car that delivers on almost every front. It looks great and sports excellent build quality, is packed with tech, and, thanks to 350-kW charging capability, is convenient to live with. Behind the wheel, the EV6 is exciting to drive yet comfortable enough to make the perfect family crossover. The interior is stylish and well-built, but we wish the infotainment system was a bit more up-to-date. But it's not all roses; not being assembled in the USA means the EV6 is more expensive than some rivals, most notably the Ioniq 5. This could count heavily against it in the eyes of American buyers.

What 2023 Kia EV6 Model Should I Buy?

The GT-Line has many nice-to-haves, but you won't feel short-changed with the mid-level Wind model. If you live in a cold region, the AWD variants are a must, not for the extra power but for the heat pump that improves efficiency while heating the car. For everyone else, the base RWD variants are more than plentiful and save you a chunk of change too, especially in the cheapest $42,600 entry-spec trim.

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