Updated July 07, 2022
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**Price The 2023 Kia Seltos has a starting price of $22,890. The top model, the Kia Seltos SX AWD, begins at $28,249. The destination fee is $1,295

The Kia Seltos is a practical and stylish choice in subcompact SUVs. It offers unique styling that’s sleek and refined with a hint of ruggedness. This is a versatile SUV with a roomy interior for its small size, impressive Kia tech features, and excellent safety scores. All-wheel drive comes standard on most trims, which is a nice bonus

The Seltos competes in a challenging field of subcompact SUVs. Some of its top competitors are the sporty Mazda CX-30, the off-road-ready Subaru Crosstrek, and the value-packed Chevrolet Trailblazer. All of the above are worth cross-shopping if you’re in the market for a small and affordable SUV

A Kia Seltos LX with AWD begins at $22,840, while the S FWD model starts at $22,890. As an S AWD model, the 2023 Kia Seltos starts at $24,390. The destination fee is $1,295

A Kia Seltos Nightfall Edition AWD begins at $27,040, while the EX AWD model begins at $26,140

Capping the lineup is the Seltos SX AWD, which starts at $28,340

The price of the Kia Seltos is about average for its class. The pricing is very similar to rivals like the Mazda CX-30, Subaru Crosstrek, and Volkswagen Taos. A few options in this class that are a little more affordable include the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Nissan Kicks, but you can’t get a Kicks with AWD

The base 4-cylinder engine moves the Kia Seltos around just fine. Its performance is merely adequate, but it’s fuel-efficient — partially thanks to the CVT transmission — and it’s powerful enough for the daily commute

The available turbocharged engine is an excellent upgrade if you want a little extra pep in a small SUV. It brings a pretty significant improvement in performance with an additional 29 horsepower and 63 lb-ft of torque over the base engine. There’s a slight fuel economy penalty, but it’s worth it if you’re looking for lively performance

The turbo engine uses a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission. It’s better for sporty driving than the CVT that comes with the base engine, but it can be a bit slow to downshift when you want extra zip

Except for the S trim, every Seltos comes standard with all-wheel drive. The Subaru Crosstrek and Jeep Compass Trailhawk are better off-roaders, but AWD gives the Seltos good all-weather traction and mild off-road capabilities. If you don’t want or need AWD, the S trim with FWD is the most fuel-efficient variant of the Seltos

The Seltos is maneuverable on city streets and easy to park thanks to its small footprint, but some of its rivals, like the Mazda CX-30, offer sportier handling. As for driving comfort, it’s reasonably smooth and comfortable for highway cruising, but you might want something with a longer wheelbase if you’re looking for long-distance comfort

One of the biggest strong suits of the Kia Seltos is one of the roomiest interiors in its class. Considering its small size, you might be surprised by the amount of passenger and cargo space in the Seltos. The back seats have adult-friendly legroom, and the cargo hold has more than enough room for most drivers’ daily needs

The interior design of the Seltos is pleasant and upscale for its price tag. All of the controls are easy to use, and it has one of the most intuitive infotainment systems in its class. Interior materials are pretty nice and get nicer as you work your way up the trims. You can’t get actual leather seats, but the upper trims have premium leatherette seating

It’s worth noting that the SX Turbo trim is available with a Plum interior color package. If you want an SUV with purple seats, this is one of your few options

The Seltos is a head-turning SUV that strikes a nice balance of premium and rugged. The ride height and skid plates give it a bit of an outdoorsy look, but the sleek body lines and sharp light signature make it appear modern and high-tech

The Seltos has some daring paint options like Mars Orange and Starbright Yellow. It’s in on the growing trend of contrast roof and mirror options with multiple 2-tone color schemes available

As for the size, the Seltos is a subcompact SUV slotted between the smaller Soul and the bigger Sportage in the Kia lineup. Its dimensions are similar to the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Mazda CX-30, and Jeep Compass

The infotainment system in the Seltos is user-friendly and packed with features. All but the base LX trim upgrade to a bigger and fancier 10.25-inch screen with navigation

As part of its palette of fun paint color options, the Seltos offers four 2-tone paint schemes with contrasting roofs and mirrors, plus other unique styling options like purple seats

The base LX trim of the Kia Seltos is well-equipped for the money. It uses a 2.0-liter engine with a CVT transmission, and all-wheel drive comes standard

Standard features include an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a USB port, cloth seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, split-folding back seats, and the basics you would expect like air conditioning and cruise control

Standard Kia Drive Wise safety tech features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, lane-following assist, rear occupant alert, automatic high beams, and driver attention warning

Every trim of the Seltos other than the base LX trim comes standard with a bigger 10.25-inch infotainment system with navigation. A few other nice features on all but the base trim include automatic climate control, remote start, roof rails, and partial or full leatherette seats

The S trim is the only one available with front-wheel drive, which is nice if you’d rather have better fuel economy than the improved traction of AWD

If you want the exciting turbocharged engine, it’s standard in the Nightfall Edition and SX Turbo models. The Nightfall Edition comes with an appearance package with a unique grille and 18-inch wheels, and dark exterior accents. It also has blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert

The EX model is the top trim you can get with the base engine. It has excellent premium features like a wireless charging pad, full leatherette seats, and a power sunroof

If you want a Seltos that flirts with luxury SUV territory, the SX Turbo model has Bose premium audio, a larger digital gauge cluster, and more safety tech features like adaptive cruise control (with stop and go), Safe Exit Assist, and the Highway Driving Assist semi-autonomous driving system. It’s also available with Plum seats, a unique touch

There are two engines available under the hood of the Kia Seltos. Most trims are powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 producing 146 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The Nightfall Edition and SX Turbo models use a more robust 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 rated at 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The base engine uses a CVT (continuously variable transmission), and the turbo engine uses a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic

All-wheel drive is standard in most trims, but the S trim gives you a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The S FWD model is the most fuel-efficient version of the Seltos. The turbo engine comes with a slight fuel economy penalty compared to the base engine with AWD, but every Seltos is pretty good on gas

2.0-liter inline-4 (LX, S, EX)
146 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
132 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/35 mpg (FWD), 27/31 mpg (AWD)
1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Nightfall Edition, SX Turbo)
175 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
195 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/30 mpg
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2023 Kia Seltos
Get behind the wheel of the 2023 Seltos and experience a new breed of SUV. With a suite of confidence-inspiring tech, impressive cargo space, and a bold design, the 2023 Seltos is highly capable for wherever inspiration takes you

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|KBB.com Rating|
|Consumer Rating|
|Fuel Economy|
City 27/Hwy 31/Comb 29 MPG
City 28/Hwy 33/Comb 30 MPG
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|Seating Capacity||5||5||5|
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5 years or 60000 miles
3 years or 36000 miles
5 years or 60000 miles
146 @ 6200 RPM
122 @ 6300 RPM
147 @ 6200 RPM
4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter
4-Cyl, 1.6 Liter
4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter
Curb Weight
3185 pounds
EPA Passenger
99.6 cubic feet
Fuel Capacity
13.2 gallons
Front Head Room
40.0 inches
Front Leg Room
41.4 inches
Max Seating Capacity
Minimum Ground Clearance
7.3 inches
Overall Length
172.0 inches
Front Shoulder Room
55.5 inches
Trunk or Cargo Capacity
62.8 cubic feet
Turning Diameter
34.8 feet
Wheel Base
103.5 inches
Width with mirrors
70.9 inches
Transmission Type
Recommended Fuel
Hill Descent Control
Hill Start Assist
5 years / 60000 miles
5 years / 60000 miles
5 years / 100000 miles
Alloy Wheels
Number of Doors
4 doors
Privacy Glass
Fog Lights
Port Installed
Rear Spoiler
146 @ 6200 RPM
132 @ 4500 rpm
4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter
27 MPG
31 MPG
29 MPG
**Forward Collision Avoidance Assist**
This standard automatic emergency braking system comes with pedestrian detection

**Lane-Keeping Assist**
This standard feature helps to keep you in your lane safely and comfortably

**Highway Driving Assist**
The top trim of the Seltos comes with the Highway Driving Assist semi-autonomous driving system that makes driving on the highway safer and more relaxed

So Long, Seltos – Lessons Learned After a Year By Matt Degen on March 28, 2022 Price: $29,605 | Price yours Current Odometer: 6,073 miles Latest MPG: 24.9 mpg Maintenance/Service Costs: $85.42 Days out of Service: 0 And just like that, one year in our long-term 2021 Kia Seltos has come and gone. This yellow 
The 2023 Kia Seltos enters a new model year with minimal changes. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard on the Seltos S trim in front- and all-wheel-drive formats. Roomy for its size All-wheel drive standard on most trims Pricing starts at $22,840| Price it your way On sale now | See Kia 
It’s hard to argue with the formula behind the Kia Seltos. It’s been around for two years and won our Best Buy in the Subcompact SUV class for two years. It currentlyatop our Best Subcompact SUVs list. The Seltos offers a winning combination of safety features, lots of room for such a small 
The 2023 Kia Seltos ranges in price from $22,890 (S FWD) to $28,340 (SX AWD)

Yes, the Kia Seltos is a roomy subcompact SUV with intuitive tech features, excellent safety scores, and impressive fuel economy

Most trims of the Kia Seltos have standard all-wheel drive. The S trim gives you a choice of FWD or AWD.