hamburger icon

2023 Kia Seltos

Change vehicle or year
Select a Year - Kia Seltos
Change Vehicle
Expert Rating

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

Select a Trim
Select a Trim
2023 LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive
most popular
Price:   -  From $23,340
2023 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $23,390
2023 S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,890
2023 EX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,640
2023 Nightfall 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,540
2023 SX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,840


What's New

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.

Engine Choices

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 TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L 4-Cylinder146 hp132 lb-ft31/29 mpg (FWD/AWD)
1.6L Turbo 4-Cylinder175 hp195 lb-ft27 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.

Kia Seltos

Safety Features

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.

Kia Seltos

2023 Kia Seltos LX – MSRP From $24,135

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.

2023 Kia Seltos S – MSRP From $24,185

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.

2023 Kia Seltos EX – MSRP From $27,435

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.

2023 Kia Seltos Nightfall – MSRP From $28,335

The Nightfall receives the turbocharged engine, plus 18-inch black wheels and black body trim. Other equipment is shared with the S.

2023 Kia Seltos SX – MSRP From $29,635

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.

Compare Seltos Trims Side-By-Side

CarsDirect Tip

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.

author image
Automotive Editor
Read Less

Expert Review

  • Roomy cabin
  • Turbo engine packs a punch
  • Great available tech
  • Composed ride

  • Lackluster base engine
  • Clunky DCT
  • Subpar fuel economy
Expert Rating

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

author image
Automotive Editor

More Standard Tech Features. The Kia Seltos has been a value-packed option since its arrival as an all-new model in 2021. Kia offers the Seltos with an impressive roster of features that grows for 2023. The new model year sees the Seltos S trim arrive with more features than before, making it a great value choice in the lineup.

The S trim now comes with blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic emergency braking as standard equipment. Last year, consumers had to upgrade to the EX trim to get these features.

The 2023 Seltos continues to offer some of the best tech features in the class, though most of the more attractive features are optional. The subcompact SUV comes with a standard 8-inch touchscreen, six audio speakers, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth. Higher trim levels, like the S, are offered with a 10.3-inch touchscreen. Other available tech features include a wireless charging pad, eight audio speakers, and navigation.

Roomy For A Subcompact. While the 2023 Kia Seltos is classified as a subcompact SUV, the SUV measures roughly 172 inches long, making it one of the larger options in the segment. Thanks to its relatively large size, the Seltos offers a roomy cabin with usable rear seats. In the back, passengers get 38 inches of rear legroom, which is competitive for the class.

The Seltos’ large size also results in a spacious cargo area. With the rear seats in place, the Seltos offers up to 26.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the rear seats down and cargo capacity opens up to nearly 60 cubic feet.

Most subcompact SUVs are built to fit into a very neat budget and occupy a predetermined place in a lineup, but with the Seltos, Kia showcases how nice some affordable subcompact SUVs can be. The SUV features refined interior materials and a thoughtful design that helps it fit in alongside Kia’s more upscale options like the Telluride.

Kia Seltos

Different Engines, Different Problems. Kia continues to offer the 2023 Seltos with two different powertrains. The base engine doesn’t have enough power to be a popular choice, while the available turbocharged engine is hampered by a clunky dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The majority of Seltos trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 146 horsepower. It comes paired with a CVT that manages to swap through its ratios smoothly without droning or killing acceleration. The base engine is fine for driving around town, but the engine feels down on power on the highway.

The SX and Nightfall Edition comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 175 hp. The turbo results in far peppier performance, though acceleration off the line can be slow. After that, the engine delivers a surge of torque to feel punchy. The downside with the turbo engine is the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. When driving at low speeds, the DCT struggles to operate smoothly, delivering a clunky ride. Things even out at higher speeds, but we’re left wishing that Kia would update the transmission to be more refined.

Sharp, Stylish Design. Kia has become a standout automaker for its sharp designs. The Telluride is one of the better-looking midsize SUVs, while the new Sportage stands out for its unique look. The Seltos manages to straddle the line between these two models with a stylish look that’s just the right amount of different to stand out.

The Seltos’ sharp, angular headlights are directly integrated into Kia’s tiger-nose grille for a handsome look. With an available black roof, the Seltos’ more prominent body lines near the top of the SUV shine forward. The rear end of the SUV may be its weakest point from a design standpoint, but the SUV’s dual exhaust outlets and swept-back taillights stop the rear end from feeling boring.

Final Thoughts. The 2023 Kia Seltos continues to be one of the more well-rounded choices in the subcompact class. Its spacious cabin, impressive list of available tech features, and standout styling make it a top option. The two things holding the Seltos back are its powertrains. A more powerful base engine or an updated DCT for the turbocharged engine would fix our biggest issues with the SUV.

In comparison, the Mazda CX-30 is the luxurious option in the segment with premium materials, an available 250-hp engine, and a gorgeous design. The Volkswagen Taos is a practical choice with a spacious cabin, high-tech features that are easy to use, and a smooth ride.

Check prices for the 2023 Kia Seltos »

Read Less

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 146 HP / 132 ft.lbs.
2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Dynamax Automatic Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
27 / 31 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 146 HP / 132 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Dynamax Automatic Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
27 / 31 / 29 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
62.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
100 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
172.0 "
Exterior Width
70.9 "
Exterior Height
63.6 "
Front Headroom
40.0 "
Rear Headroom
38.4 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
38.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,948 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Gray Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/metal-look Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (fca) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist System (lkas) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Warning (daw) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

Used 2023 Kia Seltos for Sale

2 vehicles found within 100 miles of your area
Color: Orange

7,517 mi

Map location icon

Diamond Hyundai Palmdale (49 mi)

Phone: (661) 417-0915
Color: White



15,128 mi

Map location icon

DCH Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM Fiat of Temecula (77 mi)

Phone: (951) 225-1915

Other Kia Seltos Listings

We have expanded the search to include other Kia Seltos years that you might be interested in.

Color: Gravity Gray



36,165 mi

Map location icon

Performance Ford - West Covina (31 mi)

Phone: (626) 671-3887



39,787 mi

Map location icon

Gosch Ford Hemet (81 mi)

See All Used Car Listings