It’s no surprise that compact SUVs are hot commodities in America right now, but the hybrid variants may be even hotter! With already high gasoline prices on the rise again, hybrid models are getting lots of attention. The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid near Rio Rancho, NM stands out among the competition with bold styling and a more affordable starting price than others. Still, more importantly, it will keep your attention with best-in-class fuel economy for the FWD version!
If you want an AWD model, however, the fuel efficiency will decrease a bit, and the price will increase, yet, the Sportage Hybrid is a better choice over the regular version Sportage. Why? It consumes less gas and delivers more power. Sure, you’ll pay a bit more (between $900 and $1300), but you’ll make up for the higher price at the pump and enjoy better performance in the driver’s seat.
If better fuel economy and more power aren’t enough to convince you to try out the Sportage Hybrid, it should be noted that you don’t have to compromise to do so. The entry-level LX trim starts at $27,290, and the top-tier SX-Prestige model (with standard AWD) starts at $36,190. The $9K price difference can be attributed to additional technology and the quality of materials, but every model in the Sportage Hybrid lineup will please. In addition, these price tags compare nicely against those of rival compact SUVs.
No matter which version you choose, all 2023 Sportage Hybrids get their power from a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired with a 44-kW electric motor that’s good for 227 horsepower (another best-in-class mark) and 258 lb-ft of torque. This setup will let you forge ahead in seconds, enjoying the quiet engine and near-instant torque while allowing you to pass at highway speeds effortlessly. Of course, the LX sends all the power to the front wheels, but the AWD on EX and SX-Prestige variants will share the power between the front and rear axles when necessary.
Getting back to fuel economy, the LX model delivers EPA ratings of 42/44/43 mpg for city/highway/combined, while EX and SX-P trims rate 38 mpg across the board. The AWD numbers may not be class-leading, but they’re still very reasonable.
The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid near Rio Rancho, NM will impress you with its strong and smooth acceleration, thanks to the electric motor’s instant torque boosted by the turbo. The outcome i s a hearty punch when you step on the accelerator. When you get to cruising speed, you’ll appreciate the excellent suspension and quiet cabin, which combine for a serene ride.
Passengers will welcome the sleek, modern cabin that’s thoughtfully designed and bigger than before. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the front or back; there’s loads of room for adults to get comfortable, and cargo space is generous. You can fold down the rear seats, and the cargo floor has two height adjustments, providing you with more volume for cargo.
Of course, the Sportage Hybrid comes standard with lots of technology and driver-assist features. If you’d like to see it up close and take a test drive, stop by the dealer of Fiesta Kia at 7400 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87120.