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October 13, 2023
Posted by Chloe Taylor

EX Vs. SX: Which 2023 KIA Sportage Suits Your Lifestyle?

The KIA Sportage is all-new for 2023 and remains a popular choice for budget-conscious shoppers seeking a spacious compact crossover with flair, a solid value proposition, and strong warranty.

The new Sportage is breathtaking and can be had in a variety of flavors. However, the Sportage’s broad range of choices makes it difficult for most shoppers to make a well-informed choice when leasing a new 2023 KIA Sportage. This article walks you through the key differences between the popular EX and SX models.

EX and SX

The new KIA Sportage comes in seven trims. The EX is the second trim, while the SX sits in the middle of the range. Both models are inspired by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that coughs out 187 horses and 178 lb-ft of torque. This engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. Still, KIA offers two gas-electric options for shoppers seeking improved performance and fuel economy. The hybrid model merges a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a single electric motor to generate 226 horsepower while the plug-in hybrid makes 261 hp.


Many shoppers opt for the EX trim because it’s affordable and offers so much value despite being only a step above the base trim. It replaces the standard 17-inch alloy wheels with a set of 18s, swaps the standard 8.0-inch touchscreen display for a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation, and cloth seats for synthetic leather upholstery. Here is a breakdown of the Sportage EX’s unique standard features.

  • Wireless phone charger
  • Gloss black front grille with silver accent trim
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Safe Exit warning
  • Smart key
  • Push button start
  • Dual-zone auto climate control with auto de-fog system
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Power-adjustable side view mirrors with LED turn signal
  • Heated side view mirrors
  • 10-way power driver’s seat with 2-way power lumbar adjustment
  • Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist-Parallel Exit
  • Power windows with driver and front passenger one-touch auto-up/down


The SX takes things to a whole new level with features such as an upgraded audio system, available premium faux leather seats, and a slightly larger digital instrument cluster. Here are some of the key talking points of the Sportage SX.

  • Navigation-based smart cruise control with stop & go
  • Highway driving assist
  • Panoramic sunroof with power sunshade
  • Leather-wrapped gear shift knob
  • LED interior lighting
  • Illuminated sun visor mirrors
  • 3-inch instrument display
  • Smart power tailgate
  • Gloss black front grille with satin chrome accent trim
  • Driver’s seat memory system.

The newly redesigned Sportage is one heck of an SUV, and regardless of which trim you choose, solid value proposition is guaranteed.

To lease this SUV at the lowest possible prices and have it delivered to your driveway, VIP Auto Lease is your best shot. We assure you of a swift, transparent, and stress-free lease process.

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