Thew 2023 Kia Seltos enters its third year on the market with enhanced sound deadening and blind-spot monitoring on more models.
Choosing Your Kia Seltos
The Seltos continues in five trims levels: LX, S, EX, Nightfall Edition, and SX. Pricing starts at $24,135 and tops out at $29,635 for the SX.
The LX, S, and EX are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, while the Nightfall Edition and SX receive a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The base engine runs with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and the turbo is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. All-wheel drive is standard on all trims except the S, where it's a $1,500 option.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0L 4-Cylinder||146 hp||132 lb-ft||31/29 mpg (FWD/AWD)|
|1.6L Turbo 4-Cylinder||175 hp||195 lb-ft||27 mpg|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Seltos is a subcompact, two-row crossover with decent room for five. There are 26.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 62.8 cubic feet with it folded. Both figures are well above average for this class.
The Seltos excels in standard driver assistance technology. Every model gets lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, driver alertness monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is standard starting with the S.
The line-topping SX also carries adaptive cruise control. Surround-view cameras aren't available on the Seltos.
The entry-level LX offers an 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers, a USB port, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Stepping up to the S brings two more USB ports and access to the S Navigation Package ($400), which adds a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, and satellite radio. These items are standard on subsequent trims, along with wireless phone charging.
Exclusive to the SX is an eight-speaker Bose sound system with an integrated mood lamp.
Along with standard AWD, the LX offers basic features like cloth upholstery, manual climate control, keyless entry, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. The exterior wears 17-inch alloy wheels and front and rear skid plates.
The S picks up heated side mirrors, chrome exterior trim, automatic climate control with rear vents, proximity keyless access, remote start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leatherette seat trim, LED interior lighting, and LED taillights and running lights. Models equipped with AWD (optional on this trim only) also get heated front seats.
In addition to its connectivity upgrades, the EX furnishes a sunroof, a 10-way power driver seat, full leatherette upholstery, lighted vanity mirrors, solar control glass, standard heated front seats, and machined-finish wheels.
The Nightfall receives the turbocharged engine, plus 18-inch black wheels and black body trim. Other equipment is shared with the S.
The SX combines turbo power with the higher level of equipment found on the EX. Additional upgrades include LED headlights and fog lights, a flat-bottom steering wheel, 18-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, and the Bose system.
The 2023 Seltos in base LX trim is for buyers who want AWD at the lowest possible price. For everyone else, the Seltos S (with the Navigation Package added) offers the best overall value, and you only pay for AWD if you want it.