VIDEO - 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid Review: Quick Take

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2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid Review: Quick Take

Recently, we held a massive 2022 AutoGuide Compact SUV Comparison test presented by NRS brakes. We’re now going to take a closer look at one of the entries in that battle royale, the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid.

We could accuse the Kia Sportage of being a cold, calculated approach to the segment. It’s one of the longest, it has the most space, its price is low, etc etc. More than a mere numbers game, the Sportage pairs smart, practical features with an efficient hybrid powertrain to make it one of the top choices.

The 2023 edition of the Sportage certainly can’t be accused of blending in. The styling is striking, a squinty front end advancing the Kia’s Tiger Nose styling for a new era. The LED daytime running lights (DRLs) dominate the front end, separating the main headlights from the large grille. The rear-end treatment has hints of the brand’s EV6 electric crossover. A strong rear shoulder and a tapering glass section visually stretch the Sportage’s profile, but make no mistake, at 183.5 inches (4,660 millimeters) long, it’s one of the largest offerings in the class.

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VIDEO - Best Small SUV | Testing (almost) Every Compact SUV

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Best Small SUV | Testing (almost) Every Compact SUV

Welcome to the single most important comparison we will have all year. The AutoGuide 2022 Best Small SUV Comparison sponsored by NRS Brakes.

The average family car these days isn’t even a car at all anymore. Compact SUVs are the sweet spot these days, selling thousands of examples every single day in Canada and the United States. So we’ve assembled 11 of them, from all corners of the market, to figure out which one is best. Yes, eleven. Go big or go home, they say. It’s time for AutoGuide 2022 Best Small SUV Comparison.

This group covers all the big hitters, including the segment-leading Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Mazda sent us two SUVs, in the shapes of the subtly different CX-5 and CX-50. More rugged options like the Ford Bronco Sport and Jeep Compass are here, too. Amongst the pack are of course a few hybrids as well. If you’re shopping this part of the market, at least a few of these SUVs will be on your short list.

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2023 Kia Sportage First Drive Review: Whatchu Lookin’ At?

How do you stand out in the biggest, most crowded sector of the car market? You get a little weird.

The 2023 Kia Sportage certainly qualifies. Looking positively alien in the appropriately otherworldly surrounds of Vancouver Island, Kia’s latest crossover looks like nothing else, either on the road or even within the Korean automaker’s stable.

Weird is good, Like dipping fries in your chocolate shake. There needs to be substance behind it though: weird for weird’s sake just won’t cut it. Luckily, Kia has crafted its own tasty concoction here. The latest Sportage offers up a sweet and salty blend of space, style, and tech, all wrapped up in an intriguing and outlandish shape. No longer hiding in the background, it’s aiming for nothing less than class leadership.

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Hyundai Tucson vs Kia Sportage: Which SUV is Right for You?

Hyundai Tucson vs Kia Sportage Comparison

They might be related, but these two popular compact crossovers have different sets of strengths. It’s the Hyundai Tucson vs Kia Sportage.

Both the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage feature some of the broadest lineups in the jam-packed compact crossover segment. From frugal to fancy, and including both regular hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants, these family haulers have something for darned near everyone.

The latest Tucson debuted for 2022, introducing a sharp new look and a clean, premium-feel interior. It impressed us so much, we crowned it the 2022 AutoGuide Utility Vehicle of the Year. Not to be outdone, the 2023 Kia Sportage rocked onto the scene with wild styling and a techy cabin that wouldn’t look out of place in a German luxury car. Which of these SUVs is right for you? The Hyundai Tucson vs Kia Sportage? Let’s find out.

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Detailed Specs

Price / $25,990 - $42,990
Engine / 2.5-liter 4-cylinder / 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder + hybrid / 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder + plug-in hybrid
Power / 187 hp / 227 hp / 261 hp
Torque / 178 lb-ft / 258 lb-ft / 258 lb-ft
Drivetrain / FWD / AWD
Transmission / 8AT / 6AT
Fuel Economy (city/hwy) / 23–24mpg / 28–44 mpg / PHEV: 84 mpge
Cargo Capacity / 34.5–39.6 cu ft

Our Final Verdict

Kia Sportage

4.0
Performance 8.0
Features 8.0
Comfort 8.0
Quality and Styling 8.0
Value 8.0