2023 Kia Sportage: Release Date, Price, and New Features

The Kia Sportage often gets overshadowed by some of its compact SUV competitors, such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda HR-V, and Nissan Rogue. However, this all changes now, for the Sportage has a delightful redesign for the 2023 model year. Learn about the release date, price, and new features of the 2023 Kia Sportage.

When will the 2023 Sportage be released and available?

Green 2023 Kia Sportage with mountains in the background
2023 Kia Sportage | Kia

The release date of the 2023 Kia Sportage will be in the first quarter of 2022. In the United States, only the gas-powered Sportage model will be available at this time. A Sportage Hybrid model will be released at a later date.

How much does the 2023 Sportage cost?

Kia didn’t yet release the pricing information about the 2023 Sportage. However, we can look at the price/cost of the 2022 Sportage to get a clue. Starting prices for the 2022 Sportage range from $24,090 for the base LX trim up to $33,750 for the SX Turbo. Considering all of the upgrades for the 2023 Sportage, you can probably expect a bump in price relative to the 2022 Sportage.

What’s new for the 2023 Sportage?

Green 2023 Kia Sportage with mountains in the background
2023 Kia Sportage | Kia

The 2023 Sportage has the most significant redesign in its history. It features a contrasting combination of smooth surfaces and rugged design elements. The most noticeable change is for the front, with a more technical tiger nose grille and distinctive boomerang daytime running lights. Also, the 2023 Sportage features angular fenders, a sharp shoulder line, and notch-shaped taillights.

Inside the 2023 Sportage, the cabin is more futuristic than the outgoing model, with a dual panoramic curved display with two 12.3-inch screens. One screen is for the user-friendly infotainment system, while the other is for the digital instrument cluster. Additional interior technologies in the 2023 Sportage include a Wi-Fi hotspot, a smartphone wireless charger, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Steering wheel, infotainment system, and front seats in 2023 Kia Sportage
2023 Kia Sportage | Kia

The 2023 Sportage is larger than the 2022 Sportage, resulting in more interior space. It has a best-in-class 41.3 inches of rear legroom and a class-leading rear cargo capacity of 39.6 cu-ft.

On the performance front, the 2023 Sportage has a more powerful base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with a projected output of 187 hp. Also, despite its larger size, the 2023 Sportage has better fuel economy than the 2022 Sportage, with a projected increase of 8%. As noted earlier, a hybrid powertrain will also be offered for the 2023 Sportage. Kia will provide details on the Sportage Hybrid at a later date.

2023 Sportage X-Line, X-Pro, and X-Pro Prestige trims

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The Sportage lineup expands for the 2023 model year with the additions of the X-Line, X-Pro, and X-Pro Prestige trims. All of these new models have standard all-wheel drive and feature SynTex synthetic leather seats and a tread-like stitching pattern. The Sportage X-Line has a sporty and rugged look. Notable design elements and features include a satin chrome on the bumpers, raised roof rack rails, 19-inch wheels, and satin chrome on the roof rack, side mirrors, and window surrounds.

The Sportage X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige are for drivers that like going on off-road adventures. Off-road features include 17-inch matte black off-road wheels, B.F. Goodrich all-terrain tires, and multi-terrain drive modes with settings for Sport, Smart, Snow, and Normal. Additional features for the Sportage X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige include LED fog lights, LED projector headlights, ventilated front seats, an eight-way power front passenger seat, and an optional two-tone roof. 

Prospective buyers of the 2023 Kia Sportage can expect the release of the redesigned SUV to be in early 2022. A hybrid model will follow. With a stylish new look, more interior space, many new features, and new trims, the 2023 Sportage is a compelling choice for the compact SUV segment.

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