Information about the new Kia Sportage 2023 has been leaking all year. The model for the US market broke out in February, with pricing for every variant except the PHEV arriving in April. Kia has finally released more information about the Sportage PHEV, announcing that the plug-in hybrid is on sale for $38,490 without the $1,295 destination charge. Adding it brings the starting price to $39,785
Kia will offer the model in two versions: X-Line AWD and X-Line Prestige AWD. Both come with 19-inch gloss black alloy wheels, power tailgate and panoramic sunroof. The top-of-the-line X-Line Prestige AWD starts at $44,285 including destination. The entry-level front-drive Sportage LX starts at $27,285, while the hybrid Sportage commands $28,585. Destination charges at Kia have increased since February.
The Sportage has a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 66.9 kilowatt electric motor and a 13.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer battery. The powertrain produces 261 horsepower (194 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (349 Newton-meters) of torque, with a targeted all-electric range of 34 miles (51 kilometers). Level 2 charging can recharge the battery in about two hours. All-wheel drive is standard, and the crossover has a six-speed automatic transmission.
Kia detailed the Sportage X-Line and X-Line Prestige versions when it unveiled the plug-in hybrid in February. The crossover is distinguished by its mirrors, window frames and glossy black roof rack. Kia even finishes the unique front and rear bumpers with satin chrome trim.
The fifth generation update also transformed the cabin with the latest technology. Inside, the top trim gets a premium Harman Kardon audio system, front and rear parking alerts, smart cruise control, and more. Standard safety features include lane keep assist, forward collision avoidance and high beam assist.
The PHEV benefits from improvements made to the fifth-generation Sportage, which shares its N3 platform with the Kia Sorento. The new underpinnings helped the 2023 Sportage grow over the previous model, adding 3.4 inches (8.64 centimeters) to the wheelbase and 7.1 inches (18 cm) to the crossover’s overall length. The 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV is already on sale and hit dealerships last month.