For the new generation, the Kia Sportage trim levels have been expanded to include the LX, EX, SX, SX Prestige, X-Line, X-Pro, and X-Pro Prestige. While each is presented with the same 2.5L inline-four engine that comes mated to an eight-speed auto, creating 187 hp and 178 lb-ft, the LX, EX, and SX Prestige can be had a hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.6L turbo-four with electric components, making 227 hp and 258 lb-ft. The X-Line gets a PHEV option, as well as a unique X-Line Prestige trim, developing 261 hp and 258 lb-ft. Both hybrids make use of a six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features on the gas-only model that is the subject of this review include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED exterior lighting, and a comprehensive safety suite with forward collision avoidance, lane-keep assist, and rear park distance warning. The infotainment comprises an eight-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, and a six-speaker sound system.
This offering can be expanded with dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable front seats, heating and ventilation for said seats, a new 12.3-inch curved touchscreen, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and additional safety tech like smart cruise control, reverse collision avoidance, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot assist.
Pricing specs for the Kia Sportage trims range from exceptionally affordable to quite expensive in the case of the PHEVs.
The starting price of the 2023 Kia Sportage is extremely affordable at just $26,290 for the LX, which increases to $27,490 if you want the hybrid. The cheapest way to get great value is the EX trim, which starts at $28,290, or $31,190 for the hybrid. That's followed by the X-Line at $31,090 and the SX at $31,790, though the PHEV X-Line increases significantly to $38,690. The SX Prestige is also available as a gas-powered car for $33,790 or a hybrid for $36,390.
The more rugged X-Pro trims start at $35,290 and top out at $37,090 for the X-Line Prestige. The only model with a higher price is the new Kia Sportage X-Line Prestige, which is a PHEV only, at $43,190. The LX, EX, SX, and SX Prestige can all upgrade from FWD to AWD for an additional $1,800. These Kia Sportage prices are MSRP and do not include the destination charge of $1,325.
Each of the Kia Sportage specifications is considered a comprehensive configuration, with very little room for alteration. As such, there is only a single true package on offer, as well as a small selection of options. The Premium Package is for the X-Line: it costs $1,500 and adds the panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting, and a smart power tailgate. This same package is available to the EX hybrid at the same price. Individual options include a $500 tow hitch with harness, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink for $350, and a front skid plate for $200.
In terms of sheer value for your money, the EX is the clear winner, as it adds a number of desirable features such as dual-zone climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats, along with the next-gen infotainment suite, all at a very nominal increase in price. It also gets a few nice-to-have safety enhancements. However, if you want to see the best fuel economy, you will have to look at the upper end of the range for one of the plug-in hybrid Kia Sportage models, which all cost considerably more.
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Kia Sportage LX vs X-Pro Prestige
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Kia Sportage EX vs SX
Kia Sportage EX vs SX-Prestige
Kia Sportage EX vs X-Pro
Kia Sportage EX vs X-Pro Prestige
Kia Sportage X-Line vs SX
Kia Sportage X-Line vs SX-Prestige
Kia Sportage X-Line vs X-Pro
Kia Sportage X-Line vs X-Pro Prestige
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Kia Sportage SX vs X-Pro
Kia Sportage SX vs X-Pro Prestige
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