Believe it or not, the Sportage is already 27 years old and has sold more than five million units globally.
It had very modest beginnings, borrowing its platform from the Mazda Bongo (van), including its engine, transmission, and even the differential.
Some of the nameplate’s highlights include being the first model in 1998 to offer knee airbags, the first model to complete the 1993 Paris-Dakar rally, and the 1995 Baja 1000.
That background shows this humble Korean compact SUV has more than just a fancy, French-sounding name.
The cabin of the 2023 Kia Sportage has a mainly black motif in varying textures, but most of its surfaces, from the glossy black dashboard to the door panels, are supple and pleasant to touch. Like the exterior, there are silver trims to highlight items like air vents, a gear shifter booth, and audio and cruise controls.
It has a tablet-like LCD (liquid crystal display) multi-function display, illuminated vanity mirrors, an electro-chromatic interior rearview mirror, a sunglass case, an overhead console lamp, a room lamp (second row), a three-spoke leather steering wheel with paddle shifters and audio + Bluetooth controls, leather gear shift knob, foot-operated parking brake, and power door locks.
Leather seats are good for five. The driver’s seat is eight-way power-adjustable with two-way lumbar support, while the passenger’s seat is eight-way power-adjustable.
It has seatback pockets (driver and passenger), front and rear armrests, 60:40 split-folding second-row seats, and a dual-zone automatic climate control system with rear vents.
The Peter Schreyer-designed body of the 2023 Kia Sportage comes with all the frills and thrills of a sporty compact SUV. The new rendition of the expansive black tiger-nose grille looks stunning and is framed beautifully by angular silver accents on either side.
It has a large air intake on the front bumper, wraparound body cladding, roof rails, front and rear silver bumper accents, and a rear spoiler.
Exterior equipment includes full LED (light emitting diode) lighting, electronically adjustable exterior rearview heated mirrors, a fin-type antenna, and rain-sensing wipers.
Get your 2023 Kia Sportage in any of the following colors:
The 2023 Kia Sportage has three powertrain options, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque), a hybrid using a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine( 226 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque), and a plug-in hybrid with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (261 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque).
No matter what engine options, performance is terrific. Whether it’s to overtake or accelerate, one only needs to nudge the throttle, and the torque does the rest.
The eight-speed automatic transmission is quick and smooth, which makes the vehicle feel light and agile through all of its gears.
Comfort is exceptional even with the big wheels, and you’ll barely notice how bad some stretches of the roads are because of how high noise, vibration, and harshness reduction is.
The rear multi-link suspension and the front McPherson strut & stabilizer give it a crossover personality, which is evident around corners when it keeps its poise and holds it together even at speed.
The 2023 Kia Sportage is now available at Dennis Eakin Kia in Killeen, TX. Visit us to learn more about this terrific compact SUV and schedule a test drive with one of our friendly sales staff. We offer low down payment and financing options to make it easy for you to drive home with your brand-new 2023 Kia Sportage today.
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