You apperceive that saying, go big or go home? Back it comes to the 2023 Kia Sportage, Kia won’t be activity home anytime soon. The South Korean automaker redesigned its bestselling bunched SUV for the aboriginal time back 2017, and the after-effects I saw on the attic of the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Appearance are impressive.
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Out front, the Sportage’s administration is evocative of its sibling, the Kia K5 sedan, but the SUV goes bolder, with a beyond grille that’s account by bright LED daytime active lights. Kia calls them boomerang-shaped, but they admonish me of arrows that point forward. There’s attenuate ancillary creasing that conveys a faculty of motion, and the SUV’s rear has several ridges that accord the tailgate some style.
In accession to the standout styling, Kia went bigger — actually — by accretion the 2023 Sportage’s all-embracing breadth by 7.1 inches to 183.5 inches, and the wheelbase went up by 3.4 inches to 108.5. These specs are now best than its bestselling rival, the 2021 Toyota RAV4, which appearance a 105.9-inch wheelbase and 180.9 inches in breadth in LE, XLE, XLE Premium and Limited trims. The 2022 Honda CR-V is a little afterpiece in admeasurement to its rival, meanwhile, with a 104.8-inch wheelbase in front-wheel-drive guise and 182.1 inches in length.
A bigger Sportage is a benefaction for occupants, with the autogenous appearing cavernous, abnormally in the backseat and burden area. I jumped into the anew appear 2023 Sportage Hybrid to analysis it out at the show. Advanced legroom charcoal the aforementioned as the antecedent bearing at 41.4 inches. The disciplinarian is advised to a arced agenda affectation with a 12.3-inch barometer array and 12.3-inch multimedia display, but I was clumsy to analysis both that and the touch-sensitive altitude controls because the car was off and no one could acquisition the key. Awkward.
While advanced legroom charcoal the same, rear legroom increases 3.1 inches. With the driver’s bench adapted for a 5-foot-11 person, who accurately aggregate their acme with me back asked, I, at 5 feet, 7 inches, had a antic bulk of space, and the seats were comfortable. I could calmly cantankerous my legs after any issue.
The Sportage’s massive burden breadth could calmly attempt with those of mid-size SUVs. The Sportage has 39.6 cubic anxiety of burden space, while the mid-size Volkswagen Atlas Cantankerous Sport’s burden breadth has 40.3 cubic feet. Of course, these are the automakers’ numbers; we’ll actuate the accurate admeasurement of the Sportage’s burden breadth application Cars.com’s absolute measurements, but eyeballing it, it’s bright the Sportage has fabricated a big bound forward.
One aftermost affair that got bigger is the cardinal of trims. The 2023 Sportage can be had in LX, EX, SX, SX Prestige, X-Line, X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige variants, as able-bodied as the 2023 Sportage Hybrid, which has three trims: the LX, EX and SX-Prestige.
I served as a adjudicator in Cars.com’s best contempo bunched SUV allegory that evaluated six nameplates, and the 2023 Sportage would accord its classmates a absolute challenge. We attending advanced to evaluating both the Sportage and Sportage Hybrid in the advancing months.
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