2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid Is as Good as We Hoped

Shadow matte gray 2023 Kia Sportage SX Hybrid at the beach

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Be prepared for a lot of “wow, what’s that?” when behind the wheel of the new 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid.

The fifth-generation SUV looks nothing like the models that preceded it.

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The optional Shadow Matte Gray finish highlights the muscular new sheetmetal and is complimented nicely by the SX Prestige model’s dark details.

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However, behind the challenging new grille is a new 1.6-liter, turbocharged hybrid engine — the very same powertrain that impressed previously in the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid.

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The Kia makes 227 horsepower — one pony more than its cousin — and 258 pound-feet of torque.

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The new fascia hides the headlamps into a nook just outside of the large, boomerang-shaped LED light signature.

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Front-wheel drive is standard on the base LX grade, but the EX and SX Prestige come standard with all-wheel drive.

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The Sportage’s 1.6-liter hybrid engine doesn’t sound great at full bore, but is much less drone-y than most thanks to its six-speed manual transmission.

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Around town and when casually cruising, the hybrid was smooth over bumps and satisfyingly quiet.

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Check out our full review of the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid to learn whether you should consider buying it or just stare into its maw.

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