- Price is up $1,900 compared to 2022 models.
- New standard features explain 2023 Sportage’s higher prices.
- New X-Line and X-Line Pro models deliver off-road style, while Prestige adds luxury items.
- Prices for hybrid and plug-in versions aren’t known yet.
Kia has been busy lately introducing new models, and we are excited to see the Sportage get a redesign for 2023. Though the 2022 Kia Sportage is, well, fine, its 2017-era bones are starting to look dated in a segment that is incredibly competitive. Thankfully, the Sportage is totally overhauled for 2023, and the crossover receives updated styling, a pair of hybrid powertrains, and a more robust set of driver assistance systems.
Here are some of the most important details for the 2023 Kia Sportage, including the trim breakdown and pricing.
New features help justify higher prices
Kia confirmed pricing for the non-hybrid versions of the Sportage, which have risen compared to 2022 models. The starting price for a base Sportage LX rose $1,900. The price to upgrade to AWD also went up by $300, to a total of $1,800 for models that don’t come standard with AWD.
*All prices include a $1,215 destination charge
Amid the current inventory shortage, many manufacturers are raising vehicle prices throughout the year. But the 2023 Kia Sportage’s higher MSRP isn’t a mere cash grab. It has more content throughout the lineup to justify the higher cost. For instance, the base LX has rear parking sensors, LED headlights, a digital instrument panel, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality — all of which were not available on last year’s LX.
New trim levels and powertrains
Alongside the familiar LX/EX/SX trim level lineup, several new models are now available: the X-Line, X-Pro and Prestige models. The X-Line treats the Sportage to more rugged styling inspired by off-road vehicles, while the X-Line Pro is slightly more capable in the real world thanks to its all-terrain tires. Prestige variants will treat the Sportage to a generous list of luxury features.
The 2023 Sportage lineup will expand into hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions — a move pioneered by its stablemate, the Sorento. The Sportage Hybrid will be turbocharged and is estimated by Kia to return 39 mpg in the EPA’s combined cycle, which would be a sizable improvement over the non-hybrid, which is estimated to get 28 mpg in FWD form and 25 mpg with AWD. The automaker recently announced more details about the new Sportage Plug-In Hybrid as well, which will be equipped with a 13.8-kWh battery, with a target range of 32 miles in all-electric mode. Kia says that more details and pricing for hybrid and PHEV models will be announced closer to their on-sale dates later this year.
The redesigned 2023 Kia Sportage is more expensive than the vehicle it replaces, but a handful of new options and an expanded lineup justify the cost.
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