Kia has been making a serious push into the US market for a long time now. The brand really began building momentum with the 2010 redesign of the now legendary Optima sedan.1 Just ten years later, Kia is synonymous with quality vehicles in nearly every category. Kia’s SUV segment is one that continues to grow, evolve, innovate, and sell.
Today we’re going to take a look at a few of the new Kia SUVs available today. There’s a lot of ground to cover, from the eco-friendly Niro, to the punchy Soul, to the iconic 2023 Sportage. In 2023, a Kia SUVs is an undisputed value buy. For more on why that is, read ahead.
The 2023 Kia Sportage
The 2023 Kia Sportage is unlike any other crossover on the market today, and that’s no accident. The SUV’s exterior screams sci-fi, and the abundance of standard gadgets and tech exceed even our loftiest expectations. Every Sportage comes with an 8-inch infotainment display, a digital gauge, and standard safety features that most other car makers charge more for.2
The Sportage is available in 12 trim packages, with a base model asking price of $27,615. It comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but buyers have the option to upgrade to, among other things, a hybrid powertrain. Fuel economy estimates vary widely from trim to trim, but the standard 2-23 Sportage is rated for 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
The 2023 Kia Soul
It’s hard to say which is more eye-catching, the look of the 2023 Kia Soul or its price tag. Its smooth edges soften the boxiness of the body creating a spacious interior cabin without the need to sacrifice any style points. On the other hand, the base model trim, the LX, starts at $21,215.3 See what we mean?
This year’s Kia Soul isn’t the most powerful SUV on the market, but its handling and responsiveness make for a fun drive. It’s available with a 10.3-inch infotainment display, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and in-dash navigation. Many of the most in-demand features are limited to the upgraded trim packages, which don’t cost that much more and deliver much more value.
The 2023 Kia Sorento
The Sorrento is Kia’s mid-size SUV offering, and it always holds a significant place in their annual lineup. It ups the ante with more horsepower, more space, and more standard features. The interior makes the most of the Sorrento’s larger frame with three rows of seats and lots of storage space. It’s available in 11 trim packages which start at $31,415, and include a number of hybrid options.4
There’s a lot of variation in the trim packages here, the most striking includes dual dashboard displays and a premium sound system. There’s even the option to add a rear-seat entertainment system with its own touch screen on the back of each front seat! It’s a practical addition to any family unit, and it certainly doesn’t skimp out on the fun.
The 2023 Kia Niro
Take home the latest in plug-in hybrid SUVs for just $27,915.5 The Kia Niro has been completely redesigned for 2023. It’ll be available in three different power trains for the first time too.6 The stylish exterior of the 2023 Niro is complimented by an interior that’s somehow even more futuristic. Two displays, voice recognition commands, and the option to add a wireless smartphone charging station are the tip of the iceberg here.7
If the fuel economy of Kia’s gas-powered SUVs impressed you, then you should probably sit down. The Niro is rated for an EPA-estimated 49 MPG in combined fuel efficiency, with some trims capable of hitting a 588 mile, single tank range. Any question about the SUV’s reliability can be done away with thanks to Kia’s reputation for reliability and a 10-year/100,000 mile battery and powertrain warranty.
Happy New Year
We hope today’s introduction to the all new Kia SUVs helped narrow down your vehicle search. We think this year’s lineup out-delivers a lot of Kia’s competitors and marks a sizeable step forward for the brand as a whole. But you don’t have to agree. In truth, the SUV segment is overflowing with fantastic options for you to learn about, test drive, and bring home.
Kia manufactures a lot more than just SUVs too. Their award-winning line of sedans like the Rio, the Forte, the Stinger, and the K5 received glow-ups this year too. If you’re impressed with Kia SUVs but really need something smaller, consider visiting their website and browsing their other models. Or, better yet, book a test drive and experience the magic of Kia first hand.