Can the 2022 Kia EV6 Replace Your Kia Sportage?

For some car buyers, embracing an electric SUV may not seem like a practical option yet. But, nevertheless, brands like Kia are pushing forward with EVs and other alternative-fuel options. For 2022, Kia has released the EV6, which is a new electric SUV from the manufacturer. The 2022 EV6 has already garnered praise from critics and has been winning awards, but how does it stack up against other offerings from the Kia brand like the fifth-generation Kia Sportage?

2022 Kia Sportage vs. 2022 Kia EV6: Which is right for you?

The Kia Sportage has long been a popular SUV among car buyers. It is available in a variety of configurations, including a plug-in hybrid model. But, Kia has not yet given this vehicle the EV treatment yet, so you will still have to deal with filling up at the pump. In terms of the Kia EV6, it is a full-electric SUV, which means the price of gas could be a thing of the past for you. 

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Kia Sportage | Kia

In terms of pricing, these two vehicles have some differences. The 2022 EV6 is more expensive than the Sportage, but you can benefit from federal tax credits which should help to alleviate some of the initial cost. 

Which SUV can drive the farthest?

The 2022 Kia Sportage has a leg up on the EV6, it can drive nearly 430 miles on a single tank of gas. In comparison, according to Car and Driver, the 2022 Kia EV6 has a range of 310 miles. For daily use, that range should be enough, but if you are planning a road trip you will have to figure out where to charge your EV at. 

A gray 2022 Kia EV6 electric SUV is parked outside.
The 2022 Kia EV6 | Kia

Both of these SUVs do offer all-wheel drive, and that will help with handling inclement weather or some light rough terrain. When it comes to colder climates, the EV6 does offer a heat pump, which should help to reduce the impact the weather has on the range of your electric SUV. 

Can an EV replace a combustion engine vehicle?

EV technology has come quite a long way since these types of vehicles started going mainstream. The 2022 Kia EV6 has a sporty drive and there are even plans to release a sporty version of this vehicle known as the EV6 GT. The GT model will offer over 550 horsepower and come with other performance features to allow you to enjoy your drive. 

A red Kia EV6 GT shows off its unique styling as a performance electric SUV.
2022 Kia EV6 GT Exterior | Kia

The Kia Sportage feels more like a commuter when compared to the EV6, but to some that might be a good thing. Especially if you are shopping for a vehicle that you can rely on for daily use. 

What is the future of Kia EVs?

Like other manufacturers, Kia has committed itself to provide multiple electric vehicles in its lineup. The 2022 Kia EV6 is the first of these EVs and Kia has already sold 10,000 units. Meanwhile, for 2022, Kia has moved over 38,000 Sportage models which means the EV6 is just a fraction of new sales for the brand.

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