PRICE AS TESTED
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The Kia Sportage, now in its fifth generation, has been completely redesigned for 2023. The changes from the previous version are immediately noticeable – a bolder and more aggressive-looking exterior design, verging on futuristic.
This year, for the first time, the Sportage is available in the hybrid version reviewed here and as a PHEV. The hybrid’s gas-electric powertrain bumps the Sportage’s overall mpg a sizable 13 mpg, to 38 mpg in combined driving for the all-wheel-drive version. Because it does so many things well at a reasonable price, the Sportage stands out as an excellent value in its class.
Its many desirable features include a smooth throttle response that translates into a refined driving experience, excellent fuel efficiency, plenty of space for passengers and cargo, easy entry and exit, and LED headlights with auto high beams. High-tech features include blindspot collision-avoidance assist, which can actively change the vehicle’s path to avoid a collision. Sportage downsides are relatively minor and not likely to be deal-breakers: a noisy engine during hybrid transitions; an unsettled ride over rough pavement, with some body roll in the corners; a noticeably weak AC system; some cheap interior materials (albeit with generally good fit and finish); and a tinny feel and sound when closing the doors.
AAA’s Recommendation: Whether you own an electric vehicle or a gas-powered car is up to you – and you should consider lots of factors in making that choice. No matter what type of vehicle you’re choosing, we recommend visiting a dealership, test driving one, and asking as many questions as possible to make an informed decision.