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2023 Kia Seltos, All you want to know & watch about a Great Car

 

The 2023 Kia Seltos’s Tiny Price Increases Are Better Than Big Ones

With competitors doling out big price increases, Kia bucks the trend.

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When the Kia Seltos first landed on our shores, we were mostly impressed with the new subcompact crossover SUV. We loved that it was an affordable small SUV that was still big on space—like Jeep’s Compass, it straddles the subcompact and compact segments—but the dual-clutch automatic transmission was’t as refined as we’d like, and the interior was pretty plasticky. Now entering into its third year on sale here in the U.S., Kia is looking to keep the Seltos’s value going by keeping its 2023-model-year prices within a few hundred dollars in its lowest trim to just about $400 in its highest trim.

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In today’s car market, which is marked by price increases at both the manufacturer and—particularly—at the dealership level, Kia nearly holding the line on Seltos pricing is noteworthy. It’s almost amazing given that the Seltos plays in the highly desirable small-SUV sandbox.

Much of the 2023 Seltos is carried over from the 2022 model, as mentioned in the opening, including the Nightfall Edition. It still uses the same 2.0-liter I-4 base engine (along with a continuously variable automatic transmission), along with an available 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). We really didn’t like that direct clutch transmission due to its harsh shifting, but the turbo’s extra power is nice. Even so, the 2023 model is only $390 more at $28,335 for the Nightfall. Yes, that even accounts for the $40 increase in Kia’s delivery charges for 2023 ($1,295 versus $1,255 last year).

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That pattern continues throughout each trim that remains of the 2023 Seltos. The base model, front-wheel-drive Seltos S with a 2.0-liter I-4 engine and CVT (which Kia calls an Intelligent Variable Transmission, or IVT, rather than a continuously variable transmission) now comes in at $24,185, only $240 more than it did in 2022. The 2023 LX AWD with the same engine and transmission is only $390 more than 2022 at $24,135.

The 2023 Seltos S AWD with the 2.0-liter and CVT is $25,685, only $240 more than last year’s S AWD trim. After that, the EX and SX AWD trims of the Seltos are only $390 more than their 2022 counterparts at $27,435 (EX AWD) and $29,635 (SX AWD), but the difference between them is their standard engine and transmission. The EX AWD comes with the 2.0-liter I-4 and CVT while the SX comes with the 1.6-liter turbo I-4 with the seven-speed DCT.

Considering how 2022 has been as far as price bumps go, Kia has had the best bargains of the year (at least on paper—the dealer markup experience can change that). With each trim seeing either $240 or $390 increases, it’s almost not worth calling this an increase when compared to some other OEMs. While we hoped Kia might improve the DCT and upgrade the interior with fewer plasticky parts, the images of the ’23 look exactly like the 2022-and-earlier versions. That means the interior, while spacious for an SUV of this class, is going to feel somewhat cheap. Hey, you can’t get everything and a low price, we suppose.

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2023 Kia Seltos Pricing

2023 Kia Seltos S FWD 2.0L I-4 (146 hp/ 132 lb-ft) CVT $24,185
2023 Kia Seltos LX AWD 2.0L I-4 (146 hp/ 132 lb-ft) CVT $24,135
2023 Kia Seltos S AWD 2.0L I-4 (146 hp/ 132 lb-ft) CVT $25,685
2023 Kia Seltos Nightfall Edition AWD 1.6L turbo I-4 (175 hp/195 lb-ft) 7-speed dual-clutch automatic $28,335
2023 Kia Seltos EX AWD 2.0L I-4 (146 hp/ 132 lb-ft) CVT $27,435
2023 Kia Seltos SX AWD 1.6L turbo I-4 (175 hp/195 lb-ft) 7-speed dual-clutch automatic $29,635
Justin Banner – Writer / Manufacturer – Photographer / motortrend

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