Kia expanded its Sportage compact SUV lineup in a bunch of ways for 2023: The Sportage grew in size and siblings, with a hybrid version as well as a plug-in hybrid model joining the lineup. The automaker today announced pricing for the last of the trio to hit dealers, the plug-in version. The 2023 Sportage PHEV starts at $39,785, well over the base Sportage Hybrid LX’s $28,585 starting price (all prices include destination).
Unlike the hybrid, all-wheel drive is standard on the PHEV, however (AWD adds $1,800 to the hybrid model’s price). The PHEV’s starting price is for the entry X-Line trim, but it’s also available in X-Line Prestige form, which starts at $44,285.
The plug-in gets power from a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine along with a 66.9-kilowatt electric motor that draws juice from a 13.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer battery; total system output is 261 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.
The Sportage PHEV is equipped with a 7.2-kW high-efficiency onboard charger, and Kia says it’ll take the SUV around two hours to charge via a Level 2 charger. Kia estimates it will have an all-electric range of 34 miles and an 84 mpg-equivalent rating, but it has not yet been rated by the EPA.
The plug-in model joins the gas-only Sportage, which uses a 187-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission in front-wheel drive or AWD. The Sportage Hybrid completes the roster and pairs a turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a 44-kW electric motor and much smaller (1.49-kWh) battery for a total system output of 226 hp.
The 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV is on sale now.
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