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2023 Kia EV6 Pricing Changes: So Much for the Niro EV’s Competition
Kia has jacked up the price on the 2023 EV6 RWD models to distance it from the top-line updated Niro EV.
Every manufacturer needs their premium trim in the automotive industry. For Kia’s 2023 EV range, that’s the EV6. While it could be argued that it was worth more than its initial base price, what Kia’s done now is a drastic correction to the price of the 2023 EV6 in response to the company’s own in-house competition with the Niro EV compact SUV. In doing so, it may have made the EV6 less competitive against other mid-sized EV crossovers.
2023 Kia EV6 EV SUV Pricing
Coming into its second year, the 2023 Kia EV6 drops its cheapest option only to replace it with an even more expensive AWD trim. It’s also getting a massive price increase on the two remaining RWD models.
For 2023, the entry level trim is the EV6 Wind RWD with a MSRP of $49,795, jumping its price up $7,640 more than the 2022 Wind RWD. The GT-Line is now $53,995, putting it $5,740 more than its corresponding 2022 version. The Wind is also the entry level trim for the AWDs, the same as 2022, but now we get a new top-of-the-line trim in the EV6 GT AWD.
The Wind AWD is now $1,540 more expensive than the 2022, which now makes the 2023 EV6 Wind AWD $53,695. The once high-performance spec of the AWDs, the GT-Line, is now $58,695 (coincidentally, also a $1,540 increase over 2022). New for 2023 is the EV6 GT AWD, its new high-performance trim. At $62,695, you get a pair of more powerful motors than the GT-Line AWD for a combined 576 hp versus the 320 hp of the GT-Line and Wind AWD trims.
For the increased pricing, you do get a whole slew of amazing standard features thanks to the Kia Drive Wise advanced driver assistance system. Going for the GT-Line and GT trims, you gain Parking Collision Avoidance in Reverse, Auto Evasive Steering Assist, Machine Learning Cruise Control, and Smart Cruise Control that can handle curves and exit ramps.
The two GTs are also 0.5 inches longer, 0.4 inches wider than the Winds (184.3 inches long, 74.0 inches wide on the Wind; 184.4 inches long, 74.4 inches wide on the GT-Line and GT). We were surprised by the performance of the 2022 GT-Line AWD and are wondering just how the new GT will do in our performance tests with more power to the ground over the GT-Line.
No Longer A Problem
When we first looked at the 2023 Kia Niro EV and its updated pricing range, we pointed out that the 2022 EV6 Wind was only $3,050 more than the top of the line Niro EV Wave for 50 more miles of range and faster charging (and a whole lot more car to drive on top). Now, the $49,795 price for the 2023 EV6 Wind RWD is a $9,050 step up from the 2023 Niro EV Wind. Even without comparing the Niro EV, the GT-Line is now $5,740 more expensive than the 2022. These are some eye-popping numbers and it only gets worse outside of the Kia stable.
Where The EV6 Now Lands In The Market
When comparing the EV6 to its competitors—the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Nissan Ariya, and the Hyundai Ioniq 5—the news doesn’t get any better. At that nearly $50,000 base price, the EV6 Wind RWD is $1,600 more than the standard range version of the Mach-E RWD, its closest price competitor. The Ariya Venture Plus FWD is $2,670 cheaper, and the Kia EV6’s sister car (and our 2023 SUV of the Year winner), the Hyundai Ioniq 5, in standard range and RWD is a staggering $8,550 cheaper than the entry level EV6 RWD now.
The only place where the EV6 still really wins is when comparing the top-of-the-line trims, but it’s a pyrrhic victory. When comparing the EV6 GT AWD to the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance AWD, the $62,695 price tag is a steal when compared to the Ford’s $77,195.
Though, that comparison isn’t really close to matching when you look at each other’s performance. The Mach-E GT Performance is a 480 hp, 634 lb-ft of torque electric monster when pitted against the 576 hp, 545 lb-ft of torque EV6 GT AWD. Then you add in the pitiful cargo room of the EV6 (24.4 cu-ft versus 29.7 cu-ft in the Mach-E that also has an additional 4.7 cu-ft in the frunk) and the bad news doesn’t stop there.
The range of the EV6 GT AWD is equally as pitiful as its cargo capacity. Thanks to its 77.4 kWh battery, the EV6 GT only gets 206 miles of range while the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance gets an additional 54 miles while using a 91 kWh battery pack. The good news for the EV6 is its 800 volt battery system. Despite its low range figure, it’s able to charge at a 250 kW rate to add in around 11.78 miles per minute of charge while the Mach-E is stuck with a 400 volt system with a 150 kW rate and 4.76 miles per minute of charge.
That then gets offset when you look at the Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD as it’s on the same platform as the EV6. It gets that same range and charging rate, but not only does it do it with 27.2 cu-ft of cargo room, but also for $5,400 less than the 2022 EV6 GT AWD and $1,400 less than the EV6 GT-Line AWD. It looks like that massive correction to make the EV6 less of a competitor to the Niro EV was a massive over-correction and now has also made it less competitive against the rest of the mid-sized crossover EV market.
On top of all of those repercussions, the new Inflation Reduction Act passed by the Biden administration has stripped both the Kia and Hyundai EV models of any available federal government incentives, since their parts and production are not U.S. sourced (yet). Competitors like the American-made Mustang Mach-E will have access to at least some of the new government rebate program.
2023 Kia EV6 Pricing
|2023 Kia EV6 RWD||MSRP||Difference from 2022|
|2023 Kia EV6 AWD||MSRP||Difference from 2022|
|EV6 Wind AWD||$53,695||+$1,540|
|EV6 GT-Line AWD||$58,695||+$1,540|
|EV6 GT AWD||$62,695||New for 2022|
- The 2023 Kia EV6 has a starting price of $49,795, which is $7100 higher than the previous model year.
- The price hike is primarily due to Kia dropping the base Light model that started at $42,695.
- The rest of the EV6 lineup sees base prices spike $1000, and the new-for-2023 576-hp GT model starts at $62,695.
The cost of admission to owning a 2023 Kia EV6 just got considerably more expensive. That’s because for the new model year Kia has dropped the entry-level Light trim that previously started at a relatively accessible $42,695. With the Wind trim level serving as the new entry point, the EV6’s base price rises by $7100 to $49,795.
Unfortunately, as a result of the Inflation Reduction Act, which makes any EVs built outside of North America ineligible for federal tax credits, the 2023 EV6 also misses out on that potential $7500 discount.
When asked why the company decided to drop the most affordable version of the otherwise terrific EV6, a Kia spokesperson wouldn’t say but touted “strong sales and continued customer demand” as reasons for making the rear-drive Wind the new base model.
As for the rest of the ’23 EV6 lineup, prices rise by $1000 across the board. The single-motor, rear-wheel-drive GT-Line now starts at $53,995. Meanwhile, the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Wind and GT-Line now start at $53,695 and $58,695, respectively. The high-performance EV6 GT also joins the family for 2023, and consumers can enjoy its dual-motor 576-hp powertrain for $62,695.
- HIGHS: Cool exterior design, zippy on-road personality, spacious and nicely styled cabin.
- LOWS: Limited front-trunk space, infotainment system is more retro than futuristic.
- VERDICT: Affordable, lively, and easy-to-live with, the EV6 electric SUV does most everything right.
A fraternal twin to the Hyundai Ioniq 5—our 2022 EV of the Year—the 2023 Kia EV6 charts its path through the EV market with athletic road manners and a bold look all its own. Rear-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive models are punchier and can be had with a larger battery pack with a maximum of 310 miles of driving range. Handling is eager, especially for an SUV, which makes it fun on back roads.
For hot-shoe drivers, this year’s new GT model is the one to get as its 576 horsepower is enough to make Stinger owners envious as it blows by them. All the while the EV6’s cabin remains quiet and is spacious enough to justify its place among SUV rivals such as the Ford Mustang Mach E, the Ioniq 5, and the Volkswagen ID.4. It’s one of our favorite SUVs because its traits add up to a well-rounded electric vehicle that’s easy to live with, fun-to-drive, and a good value.
What’s New for 2023?
The ballistically quick GT model takes its place atop of the EV6 lineup this year, complete with 576 horsepower and an adaptive suspension. A green button on the steering wheel unlocks the propulsion system’s maximum potency, which we estimate will be enough to blast the EV6 to 60 mph in as little as 3.2 seconds in our testing. To go along with its enhanced performance, Kia has also added racier interior elements to the GT’s cabin, including sport seats and neon green trim.
Unfortunately, the additional juice needed to pump out the extra horsepower cuts the GT’s driving range estimate to just 206 miles per charge, a significant drop from the maximum 310-mile range of the most efficient model. The entry-level Light trim has been dropped for 2023, making the rear-wheel drive Wind model the cheapest EV6 and raising the SUV’s base price by $7100.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We recommend the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Wind trim level, not only because it’s the most affordable way to get all-weather traction but also because the dual motors generate a combined 320 horsepower versus the single motor’s lower power output.
EV Motor, Power, and Performance
The EV6 is available with a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle that gives it rear-wheel drive or with electric motors on both front and rear that enable all-wheel drive. While all-wheel-drive models have a larger battery pack and either 320 or 576 total horsepower, the base rear-drive example has a smaller battery and just 167 horses. Opting for the bigger battery boosts the rear-drive EV6’s total system output to 225 horses.
We drove a GT-Line AWD in Europe and enjoyed its satisfying acceleration, agile handling, and adjustable regenerative brake settings. At our test track, that 320-hp GT-Line model managed a brisk 4.5-second zero-to-60-mph time. If you prioritize maximum straight-line performance, the 576-hp GT has you covered; we estimate it will hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. The performance model sits at the top of the lineup and comes with enhancements such as an electronic limited-slip differential, firmer chassis tuning, an adaptive suspension, and stouter brakes.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The Kia EV6 offers two battery sizes: a 58.0-kWh and a 77.4-kWh pack. Obviously, the larger of those will provide a longer driving range. The smaller, standard battery has an EPA-rated range of 232 miles; the larger, long-range battery is EPA-rated at up to 310 miles. Opt for the performance-oriented GT model and the range drops to a measly 206 miles per charge even though it comes with the larger of the two batteries.
We took an all-wheel drive Wind model, which has the larger battery pack standard, on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route and measured 230 miles of real-world highway driving range before the battery needed to be recharged. Along with an operating voltage of 800 volts, Kia says its battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in under 18 minutes when plugged into a 350-kW fast charger.
We tested this claim and were pleased with the result. This same setup is also said to add 70 miles in less than 5 minutes. The 11-kW onboard charger is expected to refill the battery from 10 to 100 percent in 7 hours when hooked up to a Level 2 outlet.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
Every single-motor EV6 has a combined EPA rating of up to 117 MPGe; the dual-motor variant is rated at 105 MPGe. For more information on the EV6’s fuel economy, visit the EPA website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the EV6’s design and layout are not as daring as the outside, but the configuration and features look more attractive and futuristic than any other current Kia model. Although the center console doesn’t slide back and forth and there are no front-seat footrests like there are on the Ioniq 5, the EV6 mixes high-tech content such as a digitized dashboard with practical elements such as a floating center console with copious storage solutions and a large bin underneath it.
Other touches that stand out are the two-tone, two-spoke steering wheel, the prominent start button on the center console, and the gold accents that are tastefully placed throughout the cockpit. The EV6 has a flat floor and a wheelbase as long as the three-row, mid-size Kia Telluride, so passenger space is generous. There are also 28 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat and 54 cubes total with the rear seatbacks folded flat. There’s more storage space under the front trunk, too, but it’s not as big as expected.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The infotainment system runs through a 12.0-inch touchscreen that’s an extension of the EV6’s 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster. However, the design and performance of the menu structure and navigation are unimpressive. Along with the ability to accept over-the-air updates and respond to myriad voice commands, the system includes popular features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Additionally, the stereo can be upgraded to the available Meridian unit with 14 speakers.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Kia packs the EV6 with a variety of standard driver-assistance technology that includes automated emergency braking and automatic high beams. Several other optional assists can be added for an even safer experience. For more information about the EV6’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Standard adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist
- Available remote parking assist
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Kia provides one of the best warranty plans in the industry. Unfortunately, unlike Hyundai, it doesn’t come with any complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line
Vehicle Type: rear- or front- and rear-motor, rear- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Tested: $52,415/$58,105
Options: Dual-motor all-wheel-drive, $4700; Steel Matte Gray Paint, $695; GT-Line Suede Seat Package, $295
Front Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 99 hp
Rear Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 221 hp
Combined Power: 320 hp
Combined Torque: 446 lb-ft
Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 77.4 kWh
Onboard Charger: 10.9 kW
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 12.8-in vented disc/12.8-in solid disc
Tires: Continental CrossContact RX ContiSilent
F: 255/45R-20 105H M+S Extra Load
R: 255/45R-20 105H M+S Extra Load
Wheelbase: 114.2 in
Length: 184.8 in
Width: 74.4 in
Height: 60.8 in
Passenger Volume: 103 ft3
Cargo Volume: 24 ft3
Curb Weight: 4647 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.5 sec
100 mph: 12.8 sec
1/4-Mile: 13.3 sec @ 102 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.7 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 1.9 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.8 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 118 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 169 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.86 g
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 105/116/94 MPGe
Range: 274 mi
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