2023 Kia Seltos: Release Date, Price, and Specs — Affordable Crossover SUV

With its pleasing driving dynamics, attractive design, practicality, and affordability, the Kia Seltos is a leading choice for the subcompact crossover SUV segment. For the 2023 model year, the Seltos has some minor feature enhancements across the trim lineup. Find out the release date, price, specs, and features of the 2023 Kia Seltos.

When will the 2023 Kia Seltos be released and available?

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The release date of the 2023 Kia Seltos will likely be in late Summer/early Fall 2022. It will be available to buy at Kia dealerships throughout the United States and in various international markets. The Kia Seltos for the U.S. market is built at Kia’s plant in Gwangju, South Korea. 

How much does the 2023 Kia Seltos cost?

Buyers of the 2023 Kia Seltos have a choice of five trims: LX, S, EX, Nightfall Edition, and SX. The starting price of the 2023 Seltos ranges from $22,840 MSRP for the LX trim up to $28,340 for the SX trim. The 2023 Seltos costs slightly more than the 2022 Seltos, which has a starting base price of $22,590 MSRP.

Here is the starting price for each 2023 Kia Seltos trim:

  • LX: $22,840 MSRP
  • S: $22,890 MSRP
  • EX: $26,140 MSRP
  • Nightfall Edition: $27,040 MSRP
  • SX: $28,340 MSRP

2023 Seltos specs: Engine options, 0-60 mph acceleration, and gas mileage

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The 2023 Kia Seltos offers two engine options: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The 2.0L engine generates 146 horsepower, and the turbo 1.6L engine produces 175 horsepower. Power from the 2.0L engine is channeled through a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the turbo 1.6L engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic.

Compared to some of its subcompact crossover SUV rivals like the Honda HR-V and Toyota Corolla Cross, the Seltos provides relatively quick acceleration. It has a 0-60 mph acceleration time as low as 6.6 seconds.

For the drivetrain, the Seltos offers either a front-wheel drive (FWD) system or a traction-enhancing all-wheel drive (AWD) system. However, the Seltos is not rated for towing. On the efficient front, the Seltos has an estimated gas mileage of up to 29 city/35 highway mpg. 

What’s new for the 2023 Seltos?

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The 2023 Kia Seltos is a carryover model, but it offers some feature upgrades across the trim lineup. This includes Rear-Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance and Blindspot Collision Avoidance-Rear driving assistance features for the S FWD and S AWD trims. Also, for a quieter ride, Kia reduced the noise level in the cabin of the Seltos.

What are the crossover SUV competitors of the Kia Seltos?

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The crossover SUV competitors of the Kia Seltos include the aforementioned Toyota Corolla Cross and the Honda CR-V, as well as the Mazda CX-30, Hyundai Kona, Volkswagen Taos, Chevy Trailblazer, Hyundai Venue, Subaru Crosstrek, and Nissan Kicks. 

For warranty coverage, the 2023 Seltos has the backing of a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Despite its slight cost increase, the 2023 Kia Seltos still has an affordable price and offers much value. As more information about the 2023 Seltos becomes available, including its official release date, we’ll provide updates. 

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