2023 Kia Seltos

Starting MSRP 

$22,840 - $28,340

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Key Spec of 2023 Kia Seltos
fuel economy

27/29/31

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

146 hp @ 6200 rpm

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

Spacious and premium interior look.

Base engine lacks force while accelerating at high speeds.

There are no notable changes expected in the year 2023 for the Kia Seltos.

Plenty of cargo space.

At times, the ride may feel overly firm.

To reduce wind noise at greater speeds, all Seltos models now come with standard acoustic glass for the windshield.

Calm ride and handling.

Clumsy dual-clutch transmission available.

Additional safety systems, such as a blindspot collision avoidance system and rear cross-traffic alert with automated emergency braking, are added to the S FWD and AWD trim.

Several built-in safety and tech features.

The S trim can now also be ordered with a bigger 10.3 inches infotainment touchscreen with navigation as an option.

2023 Kia Seltos Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 27, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Seltos was created for individuals who forge their paths. Kia Seltos is a small SUV that is recognized for its distinctive styling, affordable price, upscale interior, impressive cargo space, and a suite of intuitive technology making the Kia a dreamy proposition in its class. Since its launch, the Korean vehicle has acquired a position of sensuality and ranks highly in its finest form. The exterior design and spacious cabin setup carry unmatched aesthetic appeal that matches with a more enjoyable driving experience.

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Trim wise pricing breakdown


NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
LX IVT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)$23335$228400 Listings
S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 1CVT)$23383$228900 Listings
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Competition wise pricing breakdown


NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
2023 Kia Seltos$23335$22840330 Listings


Over All Rating

0.0

Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#4 in Subcompact Suv

#11 in Suv


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Trims

LX$22,840 onwards
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S$22,890 onwards
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EX$26,140 onwards
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Nightfall$27,040 onwards
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SX$28,340 onwards
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Colors and Styles

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Black Cherry

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The Kia Seltos doesn’t offer any significant changes from the 2022 Kia Seltos 2022 with just a little price increase, while it is a part of the first Seltos generation introduced in the year 2021. The Seltos continues in five different trim levels which are LX, S, EX, Nightfall Edition, and SX with the base trim starting at an MSRP of $22,840 and tops out at $28,340 for the top trim. In this segment, it will continue to compete against the likes of the Hyundai Kona, the Chevrolet Trailblazer, and the Mazda CX-30.


Features

The 2023 Kia Seltos offers five different trim levels which are LX, S, EX, Nightfall Edition, and SX. Each one usually comes with increasingly more features, as well as a Nightfall Edition and SX engine that is more potent. All Kia cars have a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain guarantee, a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty, and a 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan. The base Kia Seltos LX trim offers a list of potent features and standard specifications which include an 8-inch infotainment display with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, 17-inch wheels, a six-speaker audio system, standard AWD, and keyless entry.

Trims

LX

S

EX

Nightfall Edition

SX

MSRP

$22,840

$22,890

$26,140

$27,040

$28,340

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

Add to or upgrade from LX trim

Add to or upgrade from S trim

Add to or upgrade from Ex trim

Add to or upgrade from Nightfall Edition 

8.0-inch touchscreen display

17-inch alloy wheels, dark gray finish

17-inch alloy wheels, machined finish

18-inch alloy wheels, matte black finish

18-inch alloy wheels, machined finish

Remote keyless entry with vehicle immobilizer

Smart key with push button start and remote start

Solar control glass

Black roof rails and exterior accents

LED headlights and fog lights

Sound absorbing windshield glass

Automatic climate control with auto De-Fog system

Illuminated sun visor vanity mirrors

10.25-inch touchscreen display with navigation, Kia Connect, and SiriusXM satellite radio

Bose Premium audio with sound connected mood lamp

Power windows with driver one-touch auto-down

Signature light integrated with Gloss black grille

Sunroof

Black door garnish

7-inch Instrument cluster

60/40 split-folding & reclining rear seats

Cloth and Syntex seat trim

Syntex seat trim

Cloth and Syntex seat trim

Smart cruise control with stop and go

3.5-inch instrument display

Heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals

Wireless phone charger

Two-Tone roof and side view mirrors

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

The 2023 Kia Seltos offers a variety of packages to choose from some of them are as follows

SX Sunroof Package @$700 MSRP

  • Sunroof.

S Navigation Package @$400 MSRP

  • 10.25-inch Touchscreen display with navigation.
  • Kia Connect and SiriusXM satellite radio.

We Recommend

We would recommend the EX trim as it is well-equipped and far less expensive than the SX trim and offers the best value with a potent list of features such as a sunroof, heated front seats, a wireless smartphone charging pad, a 10-way power driver's seat, and a bigger 10.3 inches infotainment system with in-dash navigation.

Release Date

The 2023 Kia Seltos is expected to have a launch date near the starting of the next year in January, however, customers can visit the official website of Kia to learn more about the estimated Kia Seltos price according to their zip code and updates regarding the release date information.

Engine and Performance

The new Seltos offers two engine options to opt from a base 2.0L four-cylinder engine offered in the LX, S, and EX trims while an optional 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Nightfall Edition and SX. An AWD drivetrain is a standard option on all trims except the S trim which comes with an optional FWD drivetrain. The base engine when paired with an Intelligent variable transmission generates an output of 146 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, it can complete a run of 0 to 60 MPH in 8.3 seconds while covering a quarter-mile mark in 16.5 seconds. On the other hand, the optional 1.6L engine generates an output of 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.

The Seltos is nimble on city streets and easy to park owing to its tiny footprint. In terms of driving comfort, the Seltos Kia is passably smooth and pleasant for highway cruising, but if you're seeking long-distance comfort you might prefer a vehicle with a longer wheelbase, however, it starts to feel sluggish when accelerating at high speeds and it also lacks the passing power. 

Model

2023 Kia Seltos

2022 Hyundai Kona

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2022 Mazda CX-30

MSRP

$22,840

$21,300⁠

$21,800

$22,500

Engine

2.0L 4-cylinder engine

2.0L Inline4 engine

1.2L Inline3 engine

2.5L Inline4 engine

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Engine Power

(hp @ rpm)

146 hp @ 6,200 rpm

147 hp @ 6,200 rpm

137 hp @ 5,000 rpm

186 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Engine Torque 

(lb-ft @ rpm)

132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

162 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

Transmission

Intelligent variable transmission (IVT)

Intelligent variable transmission (IVT)

CVT

6-speed shiftable automatic

0-60 MPH

(seconds)

8.3 seconds

9.2 seconds

9.4 seconds

7.5 seconds

Quarter Mile

(seconds)

16.5 seconds

16.8 seconds

17.1 seconds

15.8 seconds

Top Speed

(MPH)

125 MPH

127 MPH

130 MPH

126 MPH

The 2022 Mazda CX-30 is equipped with a 2.5L Inline4 engine that outperforms its adversaries with an output of 186 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, it can complete a run of 0 to 60 MPH in 7.5 seconds while completing a quarter-mile mark in 15.8 seconds. On the other hand, the Chevrolet Trailblazer lurks at the bottom of the table with low engine power and a par engine torque that can complete a run of 0 to 60 MPH in 9.4 seconds while covering a quarter-mile distance in 17.1 seconds, however, it compensates with its top speed of 130 MPH when compared to its adversaries. 

2023 Kia Seltos Ride and Handling

The 2023 Kia Sletos offers calm driving dynamics and confidence-inspired handling, even though it isn't very sporty, it feels surefooted and planted in corners, and the steering is swift and heavy enough. Under certain driving circumstances, Torque vectoring cornering control (TVCC) helps to preserve vehicle stability by detecting unwelcome under-steer while cornering. For an SUV of its size, the Seltos' stiff suspension produces a very busy ride quality over uneven road surfaces, although the impacts from larger bumps are absorbed with respectable comfort.

With the aid of electronic sensors, the available DynamaxTM full-time AWD system monitors the state of the road and distributes power to the appropriate wheels, improving traction and handling. In really bad driving circumstances, the driver-activated Lock Mode adds additional low-speed traction. Furthermore, the Kia Seltos is far more enjoyable to drive since it has a stiff but generally smooth ride and snappy handling for an SUV.

2023 Kia Seltos Braking Performance

The new Kia Seltos comes equipped with a 12-inch front rotor brake while 11.2 inches rear brake rotors that help it in deceleration, along with that it comes with an Electric motor-driven power steering is a speed sensing power steering that produces heavier steering effort in response to an increase in vehicle speed and assists in highly automated driving. It comes equipped with auto emergency braking technology that uses a radar system to help detect a potential collision and automatically applies brakes in given circumstances. Some of its standard specifications include a 4-wheel disc with an anti-lock brake system, brake assist, hill hold control, and hill descent control.

Model

2023 Kia Seltos

2022 Hyundai Kona

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2022 Mazda CX-30

Brake rotors front (inches)

12-inch

11-inch

11.8 inches

11.6 inches

Brake rotors rear (inches)

11.2 inches

10.3 inches

10.4 inches

11.9 inches

Curb weight (lbs)

2,948 lbs

2,899 lbs

3,000 lbs

3,388 lbs

60-0

(ft)

NA

NA

NA

NA

The 2023 Kia Seltos offers a much better front brake measuring 12-inch while the rear brake rotors measure 11.2 inches. On the other hand, the 2022 Hyundai Kona offers the least front brake rotor that measures 11-inch while a rear brake rotor measuring 10.3 inches, however, it compensates with the least curb weight of 2,899 lbs helps in accelerating at high speeds. While the 2022 Mazda CX-30 offers adequate front brake rotors measuring 11.6 inches and rear rotor brakes of 11.9 inches while its sheer curb weight of 3,388 lbs can hinder its performance. 

Fuel Economy

There are several different powerplant configurations for the Kia Seltos, the EPA estimates that all the AWD drivetrain trims offer a mileage of 27 MPG in the city, 31 MPG on the highway, and 29 MPG combined. On the other hand, the S trim with an FWD drivetrain offers a mileage of 29 MPG in the city, 35 MPG on the highway, and 31 MPG combined. The Nightfall Edition and SX trim prove to be a bit thirsty and offer 25 MPG in the city, 30 MPG on the highway, and 27 MPG combined. All the Seltos come with a fuel tank capacity of 13.2 gallons.

Model

2023 Kia Seltos

2022 Hyundai Kona

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2022 Mazda CX-30

MPG 

(City)

27 MPG

30 MPG

28 MPG

24 MPG

MPG (Highway)

31 MPG

35 MPG

31 MPG

31 MPG

MPG (Combined)

29 MPG

32 MPG

30 MPG

26 MPG

Fuel Tank Capacity

(Gallons)

13.2 gallons

13.2 gallons

13.2 gallons

12.7 gallons

Range, City/Highway/ Combined

(Miles)

356.4 / 409.2 / 382.8 

396 / 462 / 422.4

369.6 / 409.2 / 396

304.8 / 393.7 / 330.2 

The 2022 Hyundai Kona outperforms all its adversaries which offer a fuel economy of 30 MPG in the city, 35 MPG on the highway, and 32 MPG combined. Furthermore, it offers a range of 462 miles on the highway for a hassle-free ride without worrying about refilling at a gas station. On the other hand, the 2022 Mazda CX-30 offers the least fuel tank capacity of 12.7 gallons when compared to its adversaries. When comparing all the statistics we can clearly say that the Hyundai Kona 2022 offers the most efficient fuel economy over its rivals present in this class.

Interior

The Kia Seltos offers a seating capacity of up to five passengers while the inside of the Kia Seltos is appealing and cozy, with lots of soft-touch materials. Furthermore, the interior looks more sophisticated than one might anticipate for the budget thanks to front seats with manual adjustments and cloth upholstery being standard. With plenty of flexibility, the front seats are supportive and comfy, especially when the driver's seat has a 10-way power adjustment. There is sufficient headroom and legroom in both rows for adults to sit comfortably in the front seats, which are comfortable and supportive. When the back seats are folded, there are 62.8 cubic feet of room behind them, for a total of 26.6 cubic feet. It also provides good outward visibility in all directions with an impressive cockpit while the only nitpick is the elevated road noise which is considered par in its class.

Model

2023 Kia Seltos

2022 Hyundai Kona

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2022 Mazda CX-30

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Legroom)

(inches)

40 / 55.5 / 41.4



 

39.6 / 55.5 / 41.5


 

40 / 55.4 / 

40.9

37.8 / 55.6 / 

41.7

Second Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Legroom)

(inches)

38.4 / 54.7 / 

38


 

37.8 / 54.5 / 35.2

38.4 / 53.8 / 39.4

38.3 / 53.6 / 36.3


 

Cargo capacity to the third row (cu-ft)

26.6 cu-ft

19.2 cu-ft

NA

20.2 cu-ft

Cargo capacity to the second row (cu-ft)

26.6 cu-ft

19.2 cu-ft

25.3 cu-ft

20.2 cu-ft

Cargo capacity to the first row (cu-ft)

62.8 cu-ft

45.8 cu-ft

54.4 cu-ft

45.2 cu-ft

The 2023 Kia Seltos offers a 60/40 rear seat split-fold that increases the cargo capacity from 26.6 cu-ft to 62.8 cu-ft which is much more when compared to its adversaries. On the other hand, the 2022 Kia Sona offers a par 19.2 cu-ft of cargo space behind the rear seats in its class while the 2022 Mazda CX-30 offers the least cargo capacity of 45.2 cu-ft behind the front row seats. The Seltos offers good leg room and a reclining seatback is available for passengers in the second row while there isn’t enough space for three adults without feeling cramped.

Some of the key interior features include

  • 2 Front 12V power outlets.
  • Power door locks.
  • Cloth upholstery.
  • Halogen headlights.
  • Manually adjustable front seats.
  • Remote keyless entry with vehicle immobilizer.

How intuitive is the 2023 Kia Seltos Infotainment system?

Every Seltos model has an integrated touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an 8-inch infotainment touch screen as standard and it provides a user-friendly touch display because of its straightforward menus and quick replies. Some of the entry-level features include six speakers, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

Some of the key infotainment features include

  • 8-inch touchscreen display.
  • A six-speaker audio system.
  • A 3.5-inch Instrument display.
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
  • USB data port in the front console.
  • Bluetooth.
Exterior

The Kia Seltos has a stylish black grille upfront and has an attractive shape that is packed with details, though not all of them appeal to us it is a stunning option. The intricate headlamps that surround the smiling grille have several cut-outs and lines that create mystery and intricacy underneath. The Seltos seem fairly traditional from the side, but the belt line that arcs upward to separate the body from the striking roof adds some flair. Large taillights in the back that are connected by a matte silver strip lack the personality of the rest of the design. Some standard specifications include 17-inch alloy wheels, front, and rear skid plates, and black windows surround.

Model

2023 Kia Seltos

2022 Hyundai Kona

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2022 Mazda CX-30

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,948 lbs

2,899 lbs

3,000 lbs

3,388 lbs

Length (inches)

172-inch

165.6 inches

173.5 inches

173-inch

Width, with mirrors

(inches)

70.9 inches

70.9 inches

71.2 inches

70.7 inches

Height

(inches)

63.6 inches

61-inch

65.2 inches

61.7 inches

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.3 inches

6.7 inches

7.5 inches

8-inch

Wheelbase (inches)

103.5 inches

102.4 inches

103.9 inches

104.4 inches

Front Track Width (inches)

62-inch

62-inch

60.9 inches

61.5 inches

Rear Track Width (inches)

62.4 inches

62.4 inches

61.3 inches

61.5 inches

The highest ground clearance can be seen in the 2022 Mazda CX-30 that measures 8-inches which gives the wheels with a more vertical room to travel and absorb shocks while it additionally comes with the largest 104.4 inches wheelbase gives stability in corners and it feels much safer to drive. On the other hand, the Chevy Trailblazer offers much better exterior dimensions that measure 173.5 inches in length, 71.2 inches in width and 65.2 inches in height.

Safety

The Seltos comes with a baseline set of driver-assistance technology from Kia, but more advanced technologies like adaptive cruise control and blind-spot collision-avoidance assist-rear are also available. The Kia Seltos received four-star overall safety certification from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2023. In the frontal crash and rollover tests, the Seltos scored four stars, while in the side crash test, they scored five stars. Furthermore, Seltos has not yet undergone crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Some key safety features include

  • Forward collision avoidance-assist with pedestrian detection.
  • Rearview monitor.
  • Lane departure warning with lane keeping assist.
  • Forward automatic emergency braking.
  • Driver attention warning.
  • Rear occupant alert.
Competition

2023 Kia Seltos vs 2022 Hyundai Kona

Despite having a completely different exterior, the Hyundai Kona is mechanically comparable to the Kia Seltos. For instance, both SUVs have comparable fuel efficiency ratings and use the same gearboxes and engines. The Kona has a starting price that is around $1,500 less affordable than the Seltos, and it also has somewhat better handling. In contrast, the backseat and cargo area of the Seltos are substantially larger. Overall, both are excellent choices in this class, and picking any option from the two will meet most of the buyers’ expectations.

2023 Kia Seltos vs 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer

The 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer is a far better option than the Seltos if you frequently do long travels, mainly due to its more supportive seats and a quieter cabin. The Chevrolet’s acceleration to 60 mph in our tests took more than a full second longer while It seems to move just as quickly though in the city. On the other hand, the 2023 Kia Seltos comes equipped with an enhanced AWD drivetrain that offers a spacious interior cargo space when compared to its counterpart, and an interactive driving experience makes it a premier option in its class.

2023 Kia Seltos vs 2022 Mazda CX-30

With its clean exterior style and relatively opulent inside, the Mazda CX-30 stands out as the fashionable sophisticate in its class. A turbocharged engine is an option, and it performs well as well, with lively handling. On the other hand, the CX-30’s base engine cost more than any of the Selto’s options while it offers a better option for off-road capability and it has an advantage with the interior features, high-end technology, and better reliability which makes it a better pick on its counterpart.

Final Verdict

Yes, we recommend the 2023 Kia Seltos as it packs enough room and a pleasing driving style into a small SUV. It additionally provides a big, upscale cabin, an extensive list of technological and safety features, and standard all-wheel drive, it's a relative steal for $23,000 and more in its class.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$22890

body style

dr SUV

engine type
displacement

122 cu in

horse power

146 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm


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