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2023 Kia Lineup in Canada: Models and Changes

2023 Kia EV6 GT / 2023 Kia Sportage HEV | Photo: D.Heyman / D.Boshouwers
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Vincent Aubé
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For those of you who didn't know, the Kia brand is owned by Korean giant Hyundai. So it should come as no surprise that there are similarities between the two popular brands. Several models are related, especially because of their common platforms or even under the hood, with a mutual use of the same mechanical components.

Like HyundaI, the "other" Korean auto company is well into its transition to electrification. Kia plans to add a third purely electric model to its already extensive lineup of electric vehicles over the course of this year.

Here's what Canadian consumers can expect from Kia in 2023.


Kia Rio

2022 Kia Rio
2022 Kia Rio | Photo: V.Aubé

One of the two true subcompact cars still on the market - the other being the Nissan Versa - the Kia Rio is probably the best offering in the small car segment. Not only is the design very successful, the quality of the execution is quite acceptable.

Under the hood, the naturally-aspirated 1.6L 4-cylinder engine is still in use, producing 120 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque, all mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox (LX+ MT) or a continuously variable automatic transmission (LX+, LX Premium and EX Premium).

Offered in four distinct trims, the subcompact is no longer available in sedan format, with only the hatchback version remaining in the lineup.

See also: 2022 Kia Rio Review: the Subcompact Still Has a Place

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Kia Forte

2022 Kia Forte
2022 Kia Forte | Photo: D.Boshouwers

Unlike the Rio, Kia's compact car is still available in sedan format, as well as in five-door format, which even gets its own name: Forte5. But while the two cars are separated by nomenclature, many of the components are common to both body styles.

In terms of powertrain, the Forte can be equipped with a naturally-aspirated 2.0L 4-cylinder engine producing 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, all connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The other option is to go for the GT Limited, the more expensive trim that swaps the normally aspirated engine for a turbocharged 1.6L unit that delivers 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, connected to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Note that Kia previously offered a manual transmission in the Forte, but its performance was not as compelling as the automatic units.

For 2023, the Forte sedan is available in six trim levels - LX, EX, EX+, EX Premium, GT-Line and GT Limited, the latter being the one in the lineup to go for to get dynamic handling and performance.

Kia K5

2022 Kia K5 GT
2022 Kia K5 GT | Photo: D.Boshouwers

Rumours surrounding the retirement of the Hyundai Sonata have their echo in regards to the equivalent version produced by Kia. The Kia K5 might have a snazzy nomenclature and a winning design, it cannot escape the tidal wave that is the SUV. In the shrunken segment it competes in, one abandoned by Chrysler, Dodge and Ford, the K5 still has to deal with some quality Japanese rivals.

Most of the available trims (LX, EX and GT-Line) come from the factory with a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine good for 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

The other option, called GT, switches to a much more powerful 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that delivers a more adequate 290 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque, while the transmission is still 8-speed, but it's dual-clutch, so it's sportier than the one used in the all-wheel-drive K5. Yes, ironically, the top-performing model has to make do with a front-wheel-drive configuration.

Kia Stinger
This will be the last year for the raciest and sportiest car ever designed by Kia. Unfortunately, this cousin of the Genesis G70 didn't attract enough consumers to justify a second generation of the model. However, the result was anything but disappointing. We'll have to keep our fingers crossed that the brand's designers come back with a similar idea in an EV, once the SUV EV lineup has been filled out. For this one last year, though, you can still get your hands on a Stinger.

For 2023, Kia is offering three trims, GT Limited, GT Elite and GT Elite with the optional Sweden package. The visual differences are minimal. Rather, it's in the car's equipment that consumers will find differences.

Under the hood, the twin-turbocharged 3.3L V6 engine is the only mechanical option; the 368-hp, 376-lb-ft block pairs up with Kia's 8-speed automatic unit and the brand's all-wheel-drive system.

See also: 2023 Kia Stinger: production will end in April 2023


Kia Soul

2023 Kia Soul EV
2023 Kia Soul EV | Photo: D.Boshouwers

Without a doubt one of the more unique vehicles on the road, the Kia Soul may not have the same impact now as it did when it debuted in 2010, but it's safe to say that a vast majority of motorists have an opinion on the curious boxy urban crossover, one way or another.

Over the years, with the popularity of model no longer at the levels of a decade ago, brand strategists have reworked the model range to better meet the needs of Canadian consumers.

Overall, the offering is quite comprehensive for the gasoline-powered Soul, which comes in five trims: LX, EX, EX+, EX Premium and GT-Line Limited. Under the hood, the gas-powered Soul makes do with a single powertrain, unlike south of the border where the turbocharged option is still available. The naturally-aspirated 2.0L 4-cylinder engine delivers 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, while the only transmission option is a continuously variable unit connected to the front wheels.

The Soul EV, on the other hand, gives its owner more under the right foot with the Limited version, the electric motor delivering 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque. The other option, less expensive and less independent due to a shorter range, has to make do with 134 hp and the same torque.

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See also: 2023 Kia Soul pictures

Kia Niro

2023 Kia Niro EV
2023 Kia Niro EV | Photo: D.Boshouwers

The 2023 model-year is one of renewal for the Niro. Indeed, the electrified urban crossover returns with a more assertive design, perhaps even a little too assertive in the eyes of some. As with the previous generation, the Niro retains its triple personality, with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric configurations in the lineup.

The automaker once again equips crossover with a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine mated to a hybrid system and a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The other option retains the same combustion engine, but the plug-in hybrid system is of course designed to allow the user to drive in electric mode for a good distance, as in the past.

Finally, the pure electric Niro EV essentially uses the same powertrain as the Kia Soul EV Limited with 201 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque, all connected to the front drive wheels.

The hybrid model comes in four distinct trims: LX, EX, EX Premium and SX. The plug-in hybrid model is only available in EX trim. Finally, the Niro EV is available in three trims: Premium, Premium+ and Limited.

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Kia Seltos

2022 Kia Seltos
2022 Kia Seltos | Photo: D.Boshouwers

The practical crossoversized for scooting around town but also for weekend getaways is of course back in 2023, though this is its last year with the current design, introduced in the middle of the pandemic. Next year, the Seltos gets heavily redesigned with a new look at both ends of the vehicle, while inside, the SUV is inherting Kia's new dual-screen dashboard.

As befitting the model's popularity with consumers, the 2023 Kia Seltos is offered in several trims: LX 2WD, LX 4WD, EX 2WD, EX, EX Premium and SX Turbo. And as the name suggests, the SX Turbo trim is the only one receiving Kia's turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (175 hp, 195 lb-ft of torque), which is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The other option is the 2.0L naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder (146-hp, 132 lb-ft of torque).

See also: Los Angeles 2022: Revised 2024 Kia Seltos Makes North American Debut

Kia EV6

2023 Kia EV6 GT
2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: D.Heyman

The brand's snazzy all-electric crossover has dazzled with its looks and performance, although for now it is not as common a sight on our roads as its close sibling, the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

2023 marks the debut of the GT variant of the EV6. Kia is now targeting performance lovers with this new sportier version. With 576 hp and an equally gargantuan 546 lb-ft of torque in play, the EV6 GT settles in atop the Kia EV pyramid. The GT version is rather discreet on the outside, except for its oversized wheels and a braking system with fluorescent green calipers.

Rest assured, the EV6 range also comes in more accessible versions. The automaker still offers its electric crossover in two rear-wheel-drive configuration, one 'regular range' and the other 'extended range'. The other variants have two motors and four-wheel drive and all benefit from the extended-range battery pack.

The Kia EV6 continues to be eligible for federal and provincial (where applicable) incentives for EVs.

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See also: 2023 Kia EV6 GT pictures

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See also: 2022 Kia EV6 pictures

Kia Sportage

2023 Kia Sportage PHEV
2023 Kia Sportage PHEV | Photo: Kia

Redesigned for 2023, the Kia Sportage is striking first and foremost for its very singular design, making it a standout in a generally fairly conservative segment. The bumper is particularly aggressive, but we have to admit that Kia has refined its approach with this long-wheelbase version. And speaking of which, the Sportage is now one of the big boys in its class.

In keeping with the trend, the Sportage is offered with three engines: one regular, one hybrid and a third, plug-in hybrid. Power levels are increasing, with the Sportage boasting a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with 187 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants instead have a 1.6L turbocharged block mated to an electric motor that delivers 227 hp in the hybrid and 261 hp in the PHEV.

The combustion model is available in six trims: LX 2WD, LX, X-Line, EX, EX Premium and X-Line Limited. The hybrid model can be ordered with EX or SX badging, while the PHEV can be dressed up with EX Premium or SX badging.

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Kia Sorento

2023 Kia Sorento
2023 Kia Sorento | Photo: Kia

Like the Sportage, the Kia Sorento is also being offered in one of three formats: gas-engine-only, hybrid or plug-in hybrid. The mid-size crossover comes standard with all-wheel drive and ccomes in six trims: LX+, LX Premium, X-Line EX, EX+ and SX.

The hybrid version has two trim levels, LX and EX, while the PHEV has three: EX, EX+ and SX.

Unlike the Sportage, the Sorento offers two internal combustion engines: a 2.5L naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder (191-hp, 181 lb-ft of torque, with the LX+ and LX Premium) and a 2.5L turbo (281 hp, 311 lb-ft of torque, with the X-Line, EX, EX+ and SX). The former is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission, the latter a dual-clutch transmission with 8 speeds.

Finally, the two electrified models use the same 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and hybrid system, and their power ratings are the same as those of the Sportage.

See also: 2023 Kia Sorento HEV pictures

Kia Telluride

2023 Kia Telluride
2023 Kia Telluride | Photo: V.Aubé

Introduced with a bang to the brand's SUV lineup for the 2020 model-year, the Kia Telluride has been a popular, award-winning model ever since. It gets a makeover in 2023 with a slightly modified design, the company desicing it didn't want to mess too much with success when ti comes the big SUV.

The manufacturer has an eye to attracting weekend warrior types to its Telluride, proposing this year an X-Line trim and a more rugged adjunct, the X-Line Pro.

Under the hood, however, the Telluride hasn't changed a bit, meaning the naturally aspirated 3.8L V6 remains in place and once again offering 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The 8-speed automatic transmission also remains, as does the standard all-wheel drive system.

See also: 2023 Kia Telluride: Canadian Pricing, Model Changes Announced

See also: New York 2022: Kia Rolls Out a Revised 2023 Telluride

See also: 2023 Kia Telluride pictures

2024 Kia EV9

Kia EV9 concept
Kia EV9 concept | Photo: Kia

It's been teased for a while now, but sometime in 2023, the Korean automaker plans to roll out its new three-row electric crossover.

The Kia EV9 will be heavily inspired by the concept of the same name seen up until now (and shown here). At the time of writing, information is minimal, but sources close to the project say the vehicle could be offered with a few power and range options, including the base model with a single rear motor rated at 200 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the lineup would be an SUV with four-wheel drive, two engines and 400 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.

See also: Kia EV9: Production Confirmed for 2023

See also: Los Angeles 2021: Kia’s Concept EV9 Makes Its Official Debut

See also: Kia Concept EV9 pictures


Kia Carnival

2022 Kia Carnival
2022 Kia Carnival | Photo: D.Boshouwers

The Kia brand broke away officially from parent company Hyundai not long after the Entourage minivan was retired by Hyundai. Its Sedona minivan has been a lineup mainstay for it, and int 2022 it officially became Carnival here (the name has been used in other markets for years). This year it returns unchanged. The powertrain is the same and the trims (LX, LX+, EX, EX+ and SX) are carried over to 202 as well.

One thing to watch from Kia is whether it decides enters the electrification race in the segment.

See also: 2022 Kia Carnival Review: Not Your Parents’ Minivan

See also: 2022 Kia Carnival pictures

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Vincent Aubé
Vincent Aubé
Automotive expert
  • Over 17 years' experience as an automotive journalist
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  • Participation in over 200 new vehicle launches in the presence of the brand's technical specialists