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Kia‘s Full Lineup for 2023: Sedans, SUVs, Minivans and Everything in Between

As an automotive enthusiast and industry expert, I‘m thrilled to provide an in-depth look at Kia‘s versatile vehicle lineup for 2023. From efficient sedans and practical SUVs to tech-savvy EVs and family-friendly minivans, Kia truly has something for every driver. Read on as I explore all that Kia has to offer this model year!

Sedans: Blending Style, Value and Performance

For drivers seeking an affordable, eye-catching sedan, Kia has several excellent options to consider.

2023 Kia Forte: A Well-Rounded Compact Sedan

The 2023 Forte compact sedan continues to offer exceptional value in an attractive package. With three fun trim levels to choose from—LX, LXS, and GT-Line—there‘s a Forte to suit different needs and budgets.

Key features across the lineup include a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower (201 hp on the performance GT manual trim), ample tech like Apple/Android connectivity, abundant safety aids and excellent fuel economy. The Forte offers comfort, modern tech and efficiency all at a very reasonable starting price.

In my opinion, the mid-LXS trim strikes the best balance between features and affordability. With standard alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, and smart cruise control, it retains lots of comfort and tech for under $22,000.

Pricing: Starts at $19,690 (LX)

2023 Kia K5: A Stylish, Sporty Choice

The stunning K5 sports sedan demonstrates that family sedans can be just as bold and exciting as muscle cars! With available 290-turbocharged horsepower on GT trims and an undeniably sleek "tiger nose" grille design, the K5 makes a design statement unlike anything in its class.

For 2023, Kia adds even more appeal with new acoustic glass to reduce road noise along with some reshuffled package content. Five trim levels are offered: LXS, GT-Line, EX, GT1 and GT2. My top pick is the mid-EX trim, which adds leatherette seats, a 10.25" touchscreen, navigation, a power driver‘s seat and dual-zone climate—all for just over $30,000. With so much style, performance and cabin tech, the K5 remains extremely competitive in the midsize category.

Pricing: From $25,690 (LXS)

2023 Kia Stinger: A True Sport Sedan

If you‘re seeking pure performance, look no further than the fiery Stinger sports sedan! With up to a powerful twin-turbo V6 making 368 horsepower, the rear-wheel-drive Stinger provides true sports-car acceleration and handling.

New for 2023 is a special-edition GT-Line model with exclusive exterior styling details. Yet every Stinger trim impresses with available adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes, a 15-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and indulgent Nappa leather seating. Prices have climbed slightly for 2023 but the top-level GT2 remains an outstanding performance value at around $52,000.

In my view, the Stinger deserves far more attention from driving enthusiasts. It encapsulates the passion, bold design and performance that makes Kia so intriguing right now.

Pricing: From $37,135 (GT-Line)

Kia SUVs and Crossovers: Find Your Perfect Fit

With close to a dozen SUV and crossover options available, Kia‘s utility vehicle lineup has exploded in recent years. Ranging from the quirky, compact Soul to the truly luxurious Telluride, there‘s a model to accommodate any lifestyle.

2023 Kia Soul: Funky, Spacious and Very Affordable

Believe it or not, the humble Kia Soul has been winning over owners for over a decade with its funky styling and incredible practicality. Despite modest dimensions, the boxy Soul delivers impressive rear seat and cargo space.

Changes are minor for 2023—a less powerful base engine option and some minor exterior styling tweaks. Yet the Soul retains its excellent value proposition with abundance of features like standard Apple/Android connectivity even at its affordable $20,000 entry price point. Higher EX and Turbo trims add extras like a panoramic sunroof, 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio and adaptive cruise control.

In today‘s market, finding an ultra-inexpensive but still modern vehicle like the Soul is virtually unheard of. It remains the perfect choice for buyers focused on maximizing features per dollar.

Pricing: From $19,990 (LX)

2023 Kia Niro: A Hybrid That Doesn‘t Compromise

As fuel prices continue to pinch wallets, the impressively efficient Kia Niro hybrid crossover merits serious consideration from eco-focused buyers. Available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full electric, the compact Niro breezes by gas pumps while still seating and satisfying like a typical crossover.

Redesigned this year, the 2023 Niro features distinctive new styling along with improved passenger and cargo room. Hybrid versions employ an efficient 139-horsepower gas-electric powertrain good for 50+ mpg in average driving. Expect a smoother ride and easier charging capabilities from the new Niro too.

Kia bundles the Niro Hybrid with plenty of upscale features like a 10.25” touchscreen with navigation, Harman Kardon audio, wireless phone charging and remote start. Yet pricing remains fair at around $30,000 for a loaded EX Premium trim. If you desire crossover flexibility paired with hybrid savings, the 2023 Niro excels as environmentally-friendly family transportation.

Pricing: From $26,990 (LX Hybrid)

2023 Kia Seltos: A New Subcompact SUV Option

Slotting into Kia‘s lineup as an entry-level crossover offering, the Seltos arrived for the 2021 model year. This subcompact SUV competes with vehicles like the Hyundai Kona and Chevrolet Trax while delivering a little more style and space.

Despite compact external dimensions, the Seltos can actually seat up to five adults relatively comfortably thanks to its boxy proportions. The roomy, modern cabin interface includes the latest tech too like a standard 8” display, wireless smartphone charging and available Bose premium audio.

A 146-horsepower 2.0-liter engine motivates Seltos models, providing adequate motivation. Available all-wheel-drive enhances foul weather travel, a bonus over arch-rival Kona. With a choice of five trim levels plus optional two-tone paint schemes, the Seltos offers plenty of personalization too.

Overall, think of Seltos as a more interesting take on the typical subcompact SUV. It combines Kia‘s signature value and warranty with a vibrant, youthful character. Pricing from $23,000 makes it easy to see why Seltos sales have taken off.

Pricing: From $23,795

2023 Kia EV6: Electrifying Performance

Part of an exciting next-generation of Kia EVs, the sleek EV6 crossover stunned critics with its long-range capabilities, ultra-fast charging and even high-performance iterations. Equipped with either a 168- or 77.4-kWh battery pack, EV6 models can travel over 300 miles between charges. An 800V electrical architecture also means adding roughly 200 miles of range in just 18 minutes!

Besides impressive EV abilities, the EV6 also features a modern minimalist interior with two huge integrated screens for instrumentation and infotainment. Materials like leatherette, microsuede and faux wood trim lend a premium ambiance.

New for 2023 is the sporty 576-horsepower GT model, expanding the lineup to four EV6 trim levels. Prices have risen across the board but EV incentives can help offset some of the MSRP. If you‘re seeking an EV that can legitimately handle all your daily needs, the 2023 Kia EV6 warrants your attention even amongst stiff competition.

Pricing: From $49,795 (Wind RWD)

2023 Kia Sportage: Redesigned With Hybrid Power

Fully redesigned last year, the fifth-generation Kia Sportage impresses with modern SUV styling, a roomy refined cabin and the addition of hybrid powertrains. Along with gasoline-only versions, shoppers can now opt for traditional or plug-in hybrid Sportage models that promise 30+ mpg and 500+ miles of range, respectively.

Beyond stellar fuel economy when equipped with optional AWD, the Sportage also offers a smooth ride quality and a nicely-equipped interior. EX trims add amenities like a Panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a hands-free liftgate. To my eye, the new Sportage combines just the right blend of efficiency, utility and luxury in an undeniably attractive package.

Pricing still represents a great value too in the fiercely competitive compact SUV segment. With Crossovers continuing their blistering sales pace, the Sportage finds itself well-prepared to conquest buyers from boring alternatives like the RAV4 and CR-V.

Pricing: From $27,205 (LX)

2023 Kia Telluride: Kia‘s Flagship SUV Impresses

Since its debut for 2020, Kia‘s largest SUV has earned near-universal praise from critics as a comfortable, upscale three-row crossover. Pairing premium features like Nappa leather and a 10.25” touchscreen with seating for up to eight, the midsize Telluride offers abundant space for growing families.

New for 2023 are off-road focused X-Line and X-Pro trim levels with unique styling embellishments. Yet even in base LX form, every Telluride comes well-equipped with amenities like power front seats, wireless phone charging and six USB ports spread throughout the cabin. Safety scores are also stellar thanks in part to standard forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and blind spot monitoringsystems.

Performance remains brisk as well courtesy of an efficient 291-horsepower V6 engine and responsive 8-speed automatic transmission. An available load-leveling rear suspension improves ride comfort when the Telluride is fully packed.

Overall, the Telluride provides a sublime blend of refinement, flexibility and modern features at a mid-level cost. It‘s easy to see why this impressive SUV continues winning over buyers.

Pricing: From $35,890 (LX)

Kia‘s Sole Minivan: 2023 Carnival

While SUVs dominate family vehicle sales, minivans still serve a purpose thanks to their unbeatable passenger and cargo-hauling abilities. Kia‘s entrant in this segment remains the Carnival—known until last year as the Sedona.

Spacious, comfortable and more affordable than top rivals, the Carnival seats up to eight occupants with ease. An abundant array of luxury features like lounge-style second row seats, rear seat entertainment screens and multi-zone climate control enhance comfort.

Yet from behind the wheel is where Carnival truly delivers. A smooth-revving V6 teams up with an 8-speed automatic to offer lively acceleration that belies the Carnival‘s size. Take on twisting roads and the ride impresses too with secure handling and minimal body lean. This rather nimble minivan can actually be fun to pilot.

For 2023 changes are minimal but Kia‘s outstanding 10-year/100K powertrain warranty provides peace of mind. If you require three-row practicality but find large SUVs boring to drive, the 2023 Kia Carnival deserves a test drive.

Pricing: From $33,245 (LX)

Which 2023 Kia is Right For You? Key Takeaways

  • Budget Shoppers: Can‘t go wrong with the $20,000 Soul or Forte compacts
  • Green Drivers: Niro Hybrid and EV6 deliver electric savings
  • Families: Telluride, Sorento and Carnival roomily accommodate kids
  • Style Seekers: K5 and Stinger look unlike anything in their segments
  • Outdoor Adventurers: Look to the new Sportage Hybrid or off-road X-Line trims

I‘m continually impressed by Kia‘s rapid evolution into a youthful, design-focused brand. While prices climb across the auto industry, Kia models like Soul and Forte still represent absurd value. Yet the focus on performance, efficiency and luxury in vehicles like Stinger, EV6 and Telluride demonstrate that Kia can now also compete at the highest levels.

In just about any vehicle category, Kia offers affordable options laden with the latest must-have technology and safety innovations. That outstanding 10-year/100K-mile powertrain warranty provides longer coverage than just about any competitor too.

Whether shopping for a compact commuter, three-row family hauler or an electrified daily driver, I strongly recommend that shoppers give Kia a close look. As this detailed overview shows, the depth and diversity of Kia‘s 2023 lineup means there‘s almost assuredly a model that perfectly fits your needs at a reasonable price. Just maybe leave some room in your driveway for Kia‘s next captivating arrival!