Find out how the Kia Seltos' fuel economy compares to its competitors.
At the 2019 LA Auto Show, the 2021 Kia Seltos made its US debut after being first shown in India. Slotting between the smaller Soul and the larger Sportage, Kia's new crossover boasts funky styling, a high-tech interior, and an affordable price that should be around the same as the Hyundai Venue it's based on. More details about Kia's new compact crossover are starting to emerge, as the EPA has published fuel economy figures for the Kia Seltos.
Under the hood, the Seltos is available with two different engines, including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 146 horsepower mated to a continuously variable transmission, and a more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder generating 175 hp, which is sent through a dual-clutch transmission.
With FWD, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder model is rated at 29/34/31 mpg city/highway/combined. The AWD version, on the other hand, is rated at 27/31/29 mpg city/highway/combined.
As you would expect, the more potent turbo model, which is only offered with AWD, is the least efficient variant, rated at 25/30/27 mpg city/highway/combined. Compared to the competition, the Kia Seltos offers respectable fuel economy, but it's not the best in its class. The Nissan Kicks, for example, is rated at 31/36/33 mpg city/highway/combined, while the Hyundai Venue is rated at 30/34/32 mpg city/highway/combined when equipped with a CVT.
However, the Seltos beats the Ford EcoSport, which delivers 27/29/28 mpg city/highway/combined and the Chevrolet Trax, which has ratings of 26/31/28 mpg city/highway/combined. The FWD Kia Seltos also offers the same fuel economy as the Mazda CX-3.
The Kia Seltos is slated to go on sale in the US in early 2020. Now that fuel economy details have been released, the only detail we're missing is the price, which Kia will likely announce soon. When it does go on sale, expect the Kia Seltos to start at less than $22,000.