2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid SX-Prestige AWD Quick Review

We’re spoiled for choice these days when it comes to truly good CUVs. Kia (and Hyundai) have made massive strides in this space as of late, and vehicles like the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid SX-Prestige AWD are an example of just how far they’ve come. This is a truly solid crossover with good hybrid powertrain implementation, plentiful creature comforts, and exciting styling to match. But is it a standout?

(While I did subject this vehicle to my regular routine, I didn’t drive it enough to do a full deep dive. As such, what follows is a quick-hit, bullet point rundown of the car’s Quick Positives, Quick Negatives, and Quick Bottom Line.)

Quick Info, Stats, and Price

Model Year: 2023

Make: Kia

Model: Sportage Hybrid SX-Prestige AWD Auto

Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid — 227 horsepower / 258 lb-ft. of torque

Drivetrain: 6-speed automatic; all-wheel-drive

Base MSRP: $36,190

Options on test vehicle: Shadow Matte Gray Paint ($550), Carpeted Floor Mats ($155)

Total MSRP of test vehicle: $38,155 (Including $1,215 Inland Freight and Handling)

Quick Pros

  • Interior feels much more expensive than the price point would indicate
  • Good ICE/hybrid integration
  • Impressive screens and tech
  • Good visibility and a panoramic sunroof at this price is a welcome nicety
  • Tons of safety equipment on board
  • Plenty of space in the second row
  • Quite comfortable
  • Available eye-catching paint and red leather seats (a turn on for some)

Quick Negatives

  • Not all interior materials are up to snuff for the desired intent of impressing
  • Engine is noisy and rough when it kicks on after the vehicle runs in full EV mode
  • Ride quality can be harsh over larger potholes
  • Chassis isn’t as composed as that in other CUVs
  • Shifter is silly (Why does every manufacturer have to reinvent the wheel?)
  • Available eye-catching paint and red leather seats (a turn off for some)
2023 Sportage HEV

Quick Bottom Line

  • The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid SX-Prestige AWD feels wholly worthy of its price; it drives well, offers plenty of space and tech, and is fairly attractive for a crossover. Those who don’t look too close at below-the-beltline materials or care too much about the 1.6-liter engine’s harshness will thoroughly enjoy the Sportage Hybrid, especially the versatility of the drivetrain and the level of features present at the price point. It’s not a standout, but it’s very solid across the board.

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