2023 Kia Sportage Preview
- Fifth-generation Kia Sportage model
- Larger overall size
- Increased passenger room, luggage space
- Hybrid, plug-in hybrid powertrains likely
- Terrain Mode driving mode settings
- Electric Control continuous damping suspension
- Added ADAS features
- 1.6-liter engine with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
- Pricing expected to be similar to 2022 Kia Sportage
- In showrooms next year
The 2023 Kia Sportage has undergone a complete makeover that will make it safer, more tech-savvy, and—very significantly—much larger than before.
The Sportage was one of the first compact SUVs, but a complaint consumers and reviewers both had about the previous edition of the Sportage was related to its size. It was smaller than its key competitors like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V by virtually all dimensions. But the just-announced details on the 2023 Kia Sportage reveal that it will be longer than those two rivals, giving it more passenger space and cargo capacity.
Kia has yet to announce the trim levels and equipment details, but it is clear a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine will power the 2023 Sportage. Both hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains are also probable, but the turbodiesel that will be available in the Sportage in other markets is unlikely to come to the United States. The 2023 Sportage will be available in both front-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. It will offer Terrain Mode that automatically adjusts settings for various driving conditions, including snow, mud, and sand.