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What is a “Sportage?” According to Kia, the model name is a combinations of “sport” and the suffix “age” which means, “a state or condition of.” Sportage is the perfect word for the automaker’s most outdoorsy vehicle.

Kia and its distant Hyundai cousins have been absolutely killing it in the electric vehicle segment. So it’s no surprise that Kia just nabbed US News‘ plug-in hybrid of the year.

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The Sportage is not the only PHEV the publication reviewed. The 2024 Volvo S60 Recharge went home with “Best Luxruy Plug-In Hybrid.” But for the regular segment, US News was taken with the Sportage’s affordability.

The most obvious metric of affordability is price. And with a $39,590 MSRP, this crossover is competitive. But it is engineered to save its drivers even more. The Sportage has a hefty all-electric range of 34 miles. That means most commuters will only need to fill up for roadtrips. Even when you are burning gas, the Kia Sportage PHEV gets 35 mpg. That’s one way to stretch your dollars.

The Kia Sportage is not without its flaws. For example, the 2023 Sportage had more owner complaints than most vehicles.

See the Kia Sportage PHEV reviewed in the video below: