Kia Sportage Research Guide

The Highlights

The Sportage has long been Kia’s most popular SUV. A compact 5-seat SUV like no other, the all-new Kia Sportage received a complete redesign for the 2023 model year, inside and out. It is almost entirely unrecognizable from previous versions. The 2023 Sportage hit Vancouver Island shores in March of 2022. The Sportage slots into the Kia line-up between the 5-seater Seltos and the 6- or 7- seater Sorento. It is larger than the previous-generation Sportage: 7.1 inches longer, and slightly taller and wider. This adds up to Best-in-Class Rear Legroom and Best-in-class Rear Cargo Space. It’s a compact SUV that is big on room, in all the right places. Awards and honours for the Kia Sportage: 2021 J.D. Power’s U.S. Initial Quality Study segment-best rankings and 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick awards. The Sportage counts the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape and Honda CR-V some of its main competitors.

Trims and Features


Starting at $30,295

• 5-year/100,000 km – Worry-Free Comprehensive Warranty
• 5 year/ unlimited mileage – 24/7 roadside Assistance
• Trailer prewiring and stability assist
• Hill assist control
• Forward collision avoidance assist
• Lane-keep and follow assist
• Rear seat occupant alert
• 17” alloy wheels
• Heated front seats
• Keyless entry
• Cruise control
• 8” display audio
• Android auto apple carplay
• Rear-view camera
• Heated adjustable sideview mirrors

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Starting at $32,295

• Adds to LX FWD
• Adds All-Wheel-Drive

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X-Line AWD

Starting at $35,895

• Adds to LX AWD
• X-line design elements
• Blindspot collision avoidance assist
• Rear cross traffic avoidance assist
• Rear parking sensors
• 19” alloy wheels
• Michelin tires
• X-line design elements
• Vegan leather
• Power driver seat
• Heated steering wheel
• Smart key with push button start, remote car starter
• Wireless cellphone charger

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Starting at $37,495

• Adds to X-line AWD, minus X-line design elements
• Smart cruise
• Advanced forward collision avoidance
• 18” alloy wheels
• Panoramic sunroof
• Heated windshield
• 12.3” navigation
• Kia Connect
• Homelink

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EX Premium AWD

Starting at $39,495

• Adds to EX AWD
• Front and rear parking sensors
• 19” alloy wheels
• Smart power liftgate
• Memory driver seat
• Power passenger seat
• Air-cooled front seats
• Heated rear seats
• Vegan leather

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X-Line AWD Limited

Starting at $42,895

• Adds to EX+ AWD
• Rear parking collision avoidance assist
• Highway driving assist
• Blind view monitor
• Surround view monitor
• 19” alloy wheels
• Michelin tires
• X-line design elements
• Ladder-type roof rails
• 12.3” supervision cluster
• Harmon/Kardon premium audio

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Specs & Features

Feature Highlights New for 2023:

• Slightly more power from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder than the previous Sportage
• New eight-speed automatic transmission
• AWD models add 1.5 inches in ground clearance over the previous Sportage
• Revamped interior with updated dashboard, air vents, center console, and shifter
• Touchpad for climate and audio controls
• Increased rear legroom and rear cargo capacity
• Available dual curved 12.3-inch display screens
• Wi-Fi Hotspot connects up to five devices to the internet

• Available dual curved 12.3-inch display screens
• Wi-Fi Hotspot connects up to five devices to the internet
• Available 360-degree view camera and blind-spot view monitor within the instrument cluster
• It will be similar in design to the new Sorento and Seltos, featuring a dramatically new exterior and sleek interior. However, the face of the Sportage is most closely related to the design of the EV6, which debuted earlier this year as our new all-electric crossover.

Specification Highlights

The Sportage is motivated by a 2.5-liter GDI 4-cylinder 187 HP engine. This powertrain provides up to 2000 pounds of towing capacity for confident trailer, or camper excursions.

Cargo Space and Interior Room:

Kia is claiming best-in-class rear legroom on the new Sportage, along with best-in-class rear cargo space, beating the 2022 Honda CR-V on both measures.

Rear Legroom

• 2022 Kia Sportage: 38.2 inches
• 2023 Kia Sportage: 41.3 inches
• 2022 Honda CR-V: 40.4 inches

Cargo space (behind second row):

• 2022 Kia Sportage: 30.7cubic feet
• 2023 Kia Sportage: 39.6 cubic feet
• 2022 Honda CR-V: 39.2 cubic feet
• But don’t forget about the dual-level cargo floor: low (behind 1st row) 74.1 cu. ft. (2098.28 litres) / high (behind 2nd row) 39.6 cu. ft. (1121.35 litres)

Best In-Class Rear Legroom

With 39.7” of rear headroom, 53.4” of hip room, and 41.3” of rear legroom, there’s room for passengers of all sizes. And with a dual-level cargo floor, there’s room for much more.

Best In-Class Rear Cargo Space

Innovative dual level cargo floor in the rear trunk area lets you choose: 1121.35 litres of storage available up high, no bending required. Or, 2098.28 litres available when you lower the cargo floor when you need more.


As part of Kia’s overall commitment to safety, the Sportage is loaded with safety features. These include forward collision avoidance with cyclist detection capability, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams. Also standard is reverse parking distance warning, which warns the driver when there’s an object behind the vehicle. Driver attention warning is also standard, which analyzes the driver’s attention level and suggests a break when needed.

Advanced Driver Confidence

There’s no shortage of standard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Even at the base LX level, drivers will appreciate the convenience of having some of Kia’s most technologically advanced systems.

Driver Attention Warning (DAW) – Analyzes the driver’s attention level and provides a warning if a break is recommended. It may also provide a leading vehicle departure alert, if the leading vehicle departs from a stop and the driver does not react within a certain time period.

LED Headlights with High Beam Assist (HBA) – Engineered to automatically dim the headlights when an oncoming or leading vehicle is detected, then return to high beams when vehicles are no longer detected

Lane Following Assist (LFA) – Helps detect lane markings and vehicles ahead and provides steering inputs to help center the vehicle in the lane

Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) – Helps detect lane markings and provides steering inputs to help prevent the vehicle from leaving the lane while driving

Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA) with Cyclist detection capability – Warns if there is risk of a collision with a vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist in front of the vehicle while driving and may automatically assist with braking

Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) – Provides a warning to the driver to check the rear seat before exiting the vehicle Rear View Monitor

(RVM) with Dynamic Parking Guidance – Provides view of behind the vehicle, with guidelines that adjust to follow the direction the vehicle is turning

OPTIONAL Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

It has a more comprehensive list of standard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems features than any in the segment.

Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM) – Projects live video view of adjacent lanes in the instrument cluster when activated via the turn signal

Blind Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist (BCA) – May help avoid a collision with rear-side vehicles when changing lanes

Blind Spot Collision Avoidance (BCA) with Parallel Exit – May help avoid collisions with rear-side vehicles when exiting parallel parking spot by automatically assisting with braking

Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist (RCCA) – Helps detect approaching cross traffic when in reverse. When approaching cross traffic is detected, the system alerts the driver and may apply brakes

Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA) with Junction Turning capability – Helps avoid collisions with an oncoming vehicle while turning left at an intersection

Forward Parking Distance Warning (PDW-F) – Detects certain objects in front of the vehicle, issuing an audible warning when an obstruction is detected. The warning tone chimes faster as the vehicle gets closer to the detected object

Highway Driving Assist (HDA) – Uses federal highway speed limit information from the navigation system and, under certain conditions, will automatically adjust speed to be within the posted speed limit and maintain distance with the vehicle detected in front and helps center the vehicle in the lane

Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) – Uses speed limit information detected through the front camera or GPS navigation information (when activated) and issues warning if the speed is over the speed limit

Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C) – Leverages the navigation system to help lower the vehicle’s speed proactively before upcoming curves

Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control-Zone (NSCC-Z) – Leverages the navigation system to help lower the vehicle’s speed proactively before upcoming changes in speed limits

Reverse Parking Collision Avoidance (PCA-R) – May help avoid collisions with rear pedestrians or objects detected during reverse parking, potentially automatically assisting with emergency braking if the risk of a collision increases after warning

Safe Exit Warning (SEW) – Provides a warning when a vehicle is approaching from the rear-side while someone is exiting the vehicle

Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop and Go – Helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and drive at a speed set by the driver, including in certain stop-and-go driving conditions

Advanced Notifications

Kia includes it all when it comes to notifications that keep you safe. Engine Idle Notification and Automatic Engine Shut Off is just the start. Features also include:

Rear Occupancy Alert

Consequently, it can send push notification alerts via the UVO link app if movement is detected inside the vehicle.

911 Connect and Roadside Assistance

Will automatically attempt to call 911 via the built-in UVO modem if an airbag deploys. Subsequently, for non-emergencies, it can connect with 24/7 roadside assist and share the vehicle’s location.


To match the high-tech interior, the Sportage abounds with standard and available infotainment to keep drivers connected, confident, and informed of what’s going on around them.

• Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on all trims
• Intuitive new touchpad with climate and audio controls sits beneath infotainment screen; switching between functions changes what physical knobs do, whether it’s controlling temperature or adjusting the volume
• Available 360-degree Surround-View Monitor with 3D view provides a bird’s-eye view of vehicle surroundings
• Available Harman Kardon premium audio system
• Multi-connection Bluetooth simultaneously links two smartphones
• Personalized profile that can be set up to remember climate and infotainment preferences, phone connection pairings, etc.
• Available wireless charging pad built inside the upper tray
• Available Kia Connect services provide advanced embedded connectivity to take the customer experience to an all-new level:

• A Sportage first, the Wi-Fi Hotspot connects up to five devices to 4G LTE-based internet
• Includes over the air map updates for eligible vehicles
• Refreshed Kia Access App with newly added compatibility through Apple and Android-based smartwatches to access features like remote climate control, door lock/unlock and more
• Peace of mind with the recently introduced stolen vehicle tracking and immobilization capability
• Connected Routing: Cloud-based system calculates the optimal route using real-time maps and predicted traffic info based on historical information and AI to learn the preferred routes of users
• Smart Speaker Integration lets customers use Amazon Alexa or Google • Assistant enabled smart speakers or devices to remotely control some functions (such as remote start)


UVO link telematics offers an array of advanced connected vehicle features, such as connected weather, user profiles, calendar integration, and smart speaker integration (hello, Alexa! Hello Google!). Plus can’t-live-without features like:

Connected Routing

A new cloud-based route calculation system that uses UVO cloud to calculate the optimal route. In other words, using real-time maps, predicted upcoming traffic info based on historical information and AI to learn the preferred routes of users, it will get you to your destination.

Enhanced UVO voice assist feature

For example, this allows voice control of the vehicle’s climate, seat and steering-wheel heating, audio system, and other functions.

Ordering Details

The 2023 Kia Sportage is the has been turning heads and selling quickly since in early Spring 2022 debut. Check out all the official information on the 2022 Kia Sportage right here at You can also access all our blog articles on the Kia Sportage right here.

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