New trim levels and powertrains
Alongside the familiar LX/EX/SX trim level lineup, several new models are now available: the X-Line, X-Pro and Prestige models. The X-Line treats the Sportage to more rugged styling inspired by off-road vehicles, while the X-Line Pro is slightly more capable in the real world thanks to its all-terrain tires. Prestige variants will treat the Sportage to a generous list of luxury features.
The 2023 Sportage lineup will expand into hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions — a move pioneered by its stablemate, the Sorento. The Sportage Hybrid will be turbocharged and is estimated by Kia to return 39 mpg in the EPA's combined cycle, which would be a sizable improvement over the non-hybrid, which is estimated to get 28 mpg in FWD form and 25 mpg with AWD. The automaker recently announced more details about the new Sportage Plug-In Hybrid as well, which will be equipped with a 13.8-kWh battery, with a target range of 32 miles in all-electric mode. Kia says that more details and pricing for hybrid and PHEV models will be announced closer to their on-sale dates later this year.
The redesigned 2023 Kia Sportage is more expensive than the vehicle it replaces, but a handful of new options and an expanded lineup justify the cost.