2023 Kia Seltos: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

William Kinton
Automotive Editor - February 16, 2022

Model Preview

The Kia Seltos is the South Korean automaker’s smallest crossover, and we expect it to return for its third model year in 2023 as a carryover model. Sharing a platform with the Hyundai Kona, the Seltos is an attractive and feature-laden option in the subcompact crossover class, with very few drawbacks.

The current Kia Seltos has a highly styled exterior with an athletic look that’s reminiscent of many of the trendiest vehicles in the subcompact crossover category. With deep creases, a “floating” roof, and fake dual exhausts, it definitely looks a lot hotter than it actually is. Inside, most Seltos models get a large touchscreen infotainment system and an elegant dash that looks very contemporary. Features included on higher-end models include a Bose premium sound system with sound-connected mood lighting, voice command navigation, and satellite radio.

Two powerplants are available through the Seltos line, and neither is very powerful. Lower-end models get a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine, while the Nightfall Edition and SX Turbo trims get a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. All-wheel drive is available as standard on most trims, which can make the Seltos an interesting proposition at its price point.

The Seltos is well equipped with a variety of standard safety features including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and a driver attention monitor, while the top trim is available with adaptive cruise control and highway driving assistance. The IIHS has awarded only the top-of-the-line SX model the Top Safety Pick award thanks to its headlights, and NHTSA, unfortunately, has only awarded four stars in crash testing.

Pricing & Release Date

Previous years have seen a release date for the next model year in the summer, but there is currently a global chip shortage that shows no sign of abating. It’s very possible the 2023 Seltos may get delayed and released later.

Prices aren’t expected to change dramatically. Currently, the Seltos starts at $23,665 and ranges up to $29,165.

The Seltos has a lot of competitors in the subcompact crossover class, including the Hyundai Kona, Volkswagen Taos, Nissan Kicks, Subaru Crosstrek, and Jeep Renegade.

More details will be added to this page as they become available.

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