So much to like about new Kia Sportage hybrid


Lots of positive side along with reasonable sticker prices

Roseville, CA – There’s a lot going on this year Kia Sportage. The modestly popular compact SUV has undergone an interesting transformation.

Not only is the completely redesigned Sportage’s exterior bigger and bolder, it’s also arrived with three different configurations—hybrid and plug-in hybrid joining the lineup along with the traditional gas-powered version that’s been around since 1995. This review will focus solely on the Kia Sportage. Hybrid 2023.

Kia has done an excellent job creating the Sportage Hybrid. It drew immediate attention by being one of the most affordable compact hybrid SUVs on the market, starting at around $27,550. In its first year, the Sportage Hybrid was already hailed as comparable to some heavyweights such as the hybrid versions of the Toyota RAV4And Honda CR-V And Ford Escape.

Previously an SUV that looked like a compact car, one might think that the fifth generation Sportage now looks more like a mid-size model. All Sportage versions are 7.1 inches long, and the width and height have grown by an inch. The new exterior design features a wide grille, raked hood, and what some describe as “distinctive, oddly-styled headlights.”

There are many extras that come with the Sportage Hybrid. Thanks to the overall increase in size, it has ample cargo space for a compact SUV. It also offers a quality ride, an impressive turbocharged engine, roomy seating, a vastly improved interior, and impressive fuel economy.

At a Glance – Kia Sportage Hybrid 2023

  • Performance: electric motor, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, 227 hp
  • Mileage estimate: 38-44 mpg
  • Estimated price: $27,500 to $36,400
  • Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles; Drivetrain: 10 years/100,000 miles; Roadside assistance: 5 years/60,000; Corrosion: 5 years / 100,000


Performance is another positive aspect of the Sportage Hybrid. It ranks as one of the fastest hybrid cars in the class. The new turbocharged engine has smooth power and also offers good highway passability due to the quick-shift transmission.

The engine is a turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder paired with an electric motor, which makes 227 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. Compared to the previous Sportage, the hybrid added 40 more horsepower and 80 more pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds and fuel economy is excellent at 38-44 mpg.

Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available. Note that either front-wheel or all-wheel drive is available on the base LX model and the EX and SX Prestige models can only be purchased with AWD.


Although this isn’t a sporty SUV, we found the Sportage Hybrid’s ride quality to be smooth with good handling, steering and brakes, making it easy to maneuver in tight parking spots. It provides the following standard driver safety assistance – lane departure warning, lane keeping system, driver attention warning, automatic emergency braking and high beam assist.


2023 Kia Sportage hybrid interior

The Sportage hybrid has a smart interior with plenty of tech, though some of it can be a little frustrating to understand. Learning to use the switch that replaces the climate controls for media and navigation controls will relieve some frustration.

The new modern look includes a 12.2-inch digital instrument cluster paired with a standard 8-inch touchscreen. Also standard are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, and multiple USB ports in both rows.

Seating is comfortable for all five passengers. Even taller people can spread out in the back with a class-leading 41.3 inches of legroom. Cargo space is huge at 39.5 cubic feet behind the second row and expands to 73.7 cubes with the row folded to the floor.

There are a lot of positive aspects of the new 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid. It starts with an improved interior and exterior design, but it doesn’t stop there. The hybrid SUV has great interior space, a peppy engine, good driving dynamics, and excellent fuel economy. And don’t forget the appropriate sticker price.

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