The Sportage, Kia's oldest nameplate, is larger, roomier and sleeker for 2023, in a nod to the fierce competition in the compact-crossover segment dominated by the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.
The fifth-generation Kia Sportage also adds a more powerful gasoline engine, a hybrid option and two new rugged trims for light off-road driving. And there are new features — including several seldom seen in the small crossover segment, such as a panoramic roof and giant display screen.
Perhaps most significant, it grows by 7 inches in length to stand out. The wheelbase in 3.4 inches longer, and height and width each grow by about a half inch.
The standard 2.5-liter nonturbo engine produces 187 hp compared with the outgoing 2.4-liter with 181 hp.
The hybrid is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo-four gasoline engine and six-speed automatic transmission, paired with a single electric motor and 1.49-kilowatt-hour battery pack. The package generates 227 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque, identical to the 2022 Sorento Hybrid and similar to the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, which comes with standard all-wheel drive.
Towing capacity tops out at a respectable 2,000 pounds.
We've collected some early reviews from the automotive press.