All-New 2023 Kia Sportage for Sale in Tuscaloosa, AL

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A bold new model

If the 2023 Kia Sportage tells us anything, it has to be that Kia isn’t afraid to be bold when redesigning its most successful models. It must be tempting to make only minor changes when producing a new version of a big-selling model like the Sportage. However, when you see earlier Sportage models on the roads of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and anywhere in Alabama, it’s easy to see that Kia has a track record of boldly redesigning its highly successful compact crossover SUV. This all-new 2023 Sportage is bigger and bolder than it was previously, and it’s now available with powerful and highly-efficient hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Trim levels

The 2023 Kia Sportage lineup has seven different trim levels, and that’s before we even start considering the hybrid (HEV) and plug-in (PHEV) versions of this exciting new model. The 2023 lineup begins with the entry-level LX trim level, and then the range goes to the EX, X-Line AWD, SX, SX Prestige, before X-Pro AWD and X-Pro Prestige AWD trims take the Sportage to new levels of off-road capability.

It’s pretty evident that trim levels that have AWD in the name get all-wheel-drive as part of their standard specification, but front-wheel-drive models are also available to upgrade to AWD if a customer is prepared to pay extra.

2023 Kia Sportage models and trim levels

Engines and performance

2023 Kia Sportage powertrains and performance

The same powertrain is under the hood of all non-hybrid 2023 Kia Sportage models. The engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four that provides the Sportage with 187 horsepower and 178 lb.-ft. of torque that now goes to the front or all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Along with the dramatic new exterior styling, the hybrid powertrains found in the Sportage HEV and Sportage PHEV models are perhaps the main headline grabbers for the 2023 model year of the compact Kia crossover. The hybrid system that both models use centers around a 1.6-liter turbo-four gas engine that helps make these versions more potent than the gas-only versions of the Sportage. The Sportage HEV (hybrid) has a 1.49-kWh battery pack and an electric motor that produces a combined 226 horsepower. Sportage PHEV (plug-in hybrid) models feature a 13.8-kWh battery that allows up to 32 miles of driving in electric-only mode.

Features and equipment

It’s easy, and possibly a little lazy, to say that the 2023 Kia Sportage comes very well equipped at all trim levels, but it does. Nothing illustrates that better than all trim levels from the SX upwards coming with a standard panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade and a Smart Power Liftgate. All 2023 Kia Sportage trims also get LED front and rear lights, high beam assist, auto headlight control, and alloy wheels that range between 17- and 19 inches, depending on the model.

It’s common these days for genuine off-road capability to be beyond the AWD systems of many Sportage competitors because on-road performance is now the priority. Many owners of compact crossover SUV rivals of the Sportage will never leave the pavement, but you can if you want to with X-Pro AWD and X-Pro Prestige AWD trim levels offering proper off-road capability. These range-topping models don’t just look the part either. Both models come with Available Active AWD with a center locking differential, multi-terrain drive modes, and X-Pro exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels in a Matte Black finish wrapped in BFGoodrich all-terrain tires.

2023 Kia Sportage interior features and equipment

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Other automakers might have been more minimalist with redesigning a model as successful as the Sportage, but that’s not how Kia operates. The 2023 Kia Sportage is such a dramatic redesign that it will turn heads as you drive along, just as its predecessors did when they were new. The exterior styling complements the new potent and highly efficient hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, and the greater off-road capability this Sportage boasts over any that came before. Come and see what Kia has delivered for yourself with a test drive from Julio Jones Kia at 4301 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL, or call us at (205) 409-2651 for more information and book an appointment for a time that’s suitable for you.

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