2023 Kia Sportage for Sale in West Springfield, MA
A Redesign for the Ages
Everything about the Kia Sportage has been overhauled for model year 2023: it’s larger, more powerful, and more fuel efficient than ever. Plus, it rides on Kia’s robust third-generation N3 platform, which delivers improved driving dynamics and a more serene ride. As far as looks, some of the all-new Sportage’s most prominent exterior features are an aggressive tiger-nose grille, unique “boomerang” daytime running lights, sharper fender arches, and chiseled shoulders that effortlessly flow into the smoothed-out rear.
Underneath the hood, Kia has put a new 187-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission – a powertrain that improves fuel economy by a whopping 8 percent over the previous. Front-wheel drive is standard on most trims, but all-wheel drive is optional. It’s also worth mentioning that the AWD Sportage offers 8.3 inches of ground clearance, an improvement of 1.5 inches over last model year’s counterpart.
The ’23 Sportage’s interior is markedly improved as well, with new asymmetrical console design that has more easily accessible buttons and controls. Some of the debuting features are an available pair of 12.3-inch panoramic curved display screens (for showing infotainment, navigation, diagnostic, and other information), a Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect to five devices, and simulated leather seats with seatbacks that have built-in USB ports and hooks for shopping bags and organizing charging cables. The Kia Access App has been refreshed as well to be compatible with Apple- and Android-based smartwatches. To top it off, the ’23 Sportage gains eight standard driver-assistance features and a newly available surround-view camera system with a 3D view and blind-spot view monitor.
Trims, Performance, and Fuel Economy
Having seven trim levels – LX, EX, X-Line, SX, SX Prestige, X-Pro, and X-Pro Prestige – means a good degree of diversity, and the redesigned ’23 Kia Sportage achieves that. In addition to the carryovers (LX, EX, SX, and SX Prestige), the X-Line spices up its appearance with exclusive front and rear bumpers with chrome accents, gloss-black elements, a raised roof rack, and commanding 19-inch wheels. The X-Pro goes for more of a trail-oriented attitude with all-terrain tires, LED fog lights, a heated windshield, and multi-terrain selectable drive modes, plus it’s eligible for a two-tone roof. The X-Pro Prestige goes with a similar look but packs in comforts like ventilated front seats, a power front passenger’s seat, and LED projector headlights.
Kia has put a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (187 hp and 178 lb.-ft. of torque) into the ’23 Sportage, and it works with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard in the LX, EX, SX, and SX Prestige, which are eligible for the all-wheel drive that the X-Line, X-Pro, and X-Pro Prestige get by default. Fuel economy has improved with this updated powertrain, with FWD models getting 25 mpg around town and 32 mpg on the highway. Even with AWD the ’23 Sportage is still highly efficient, achieving 23 city/28 highway. The ’23 Sportage can also tow up to 2,500 pounds with trailer brakes and 1,653 lb. without trailer brakes.
Features Across the Trim Range
The LX has LED headlights, rear privacy glass, remote keyless entry, a 12.2-inch instrumentation display, two USB ports (one for media and the other for charging), a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, driver’s and front passenger’s seatback pockets, and 60/40-split folding/reclining rear seats with a center armrest. The EX gets heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, automatic door pocket light illumination (a.k.a. Smart Welcome, which detects your Smart Key and turns on the lights when it’s dark), push-button ignition, remote start, a wireless phone charger, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and rear USB-C charging ports.
As mentioned, the X-Line adds the sportier exterior elements, front and rear skid plates, and high-utility roof rails. The SX doesn’t have the X-Line’s athletic touches, skid plates, or heavy-duty roof rack, but it does get the panoramic sunroof, along with a power liftgate, position memory for the side mirrors and driver’s seat, and LED interior lights. The SX Prestige goes back to the skid plates, and it also has LED projector headlights, LED fog lights, a power front passenger’s seat, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. The X-Pro doesn’t have the LED projector headlights, ventilated front seats, or power front passenger’s seat, but it does get the high-utility roof rack, sleek matte-black wheels, a two-tone paint scheme with a black roof, durable black cladding, a heated windshield, segment-exclusive BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, and alloy sport pedals. The X-Pro Prestige tops things off with the LED projector headlights, ventilated front seats, and power front passenger’s seat. Several of those higher-end features are optional on the lower trims.
As expected, the redesigned Sportage has a full roster of great infotainment features. The LX receives an 8-inch touchscreen system Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a six-speaker audio setup. The EX and X-Line move up to a 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation, voice recognition, and a Wi-Fi hotspot, while the SX and remaining trims are also upgraded with an eight-speaker Harman Kardon luxury sound system.
Advanced Safety Technologies
The entry-level LX comes with forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian and object detection, lane following assist, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, driver attention alert, and rear parking sensors. The EX and X-Line both add blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, and safe exit warning. The SX also gets an enhanced forward collision-avoidance assist system with junction turning detection, as well as adaptive cruise control and highway driving assist. The SX Prestige gets it all: front parking sensors, a blind-spot view monitor, reverse parking collision-avoidance assist, and a surround-view camera system with 3D view. The X-Pro has the same safety aids as the SX, while the X-Pro Prestige’s driving aids reflect those in the SX Prestige.