2023 Kia Seltos vs 2023 Honda HR-V

2023 Kia Seltos vs 2023 Honda HR-V
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2023 Kia Seltos Overview

If you’re interested in a small five-passenger crossover that provides passenger roominess and an ample cargo area, then you’ll find a lot to like about the new Kia Seltos available at Drive Taylor. It’s an affordable crossover that’s fun to drive and loaded with amenities and technologies, and if you have the budget for more than the base package, you can personalize it in some rather exciting ways. In this article, we compare the 2023 Kia Seltos vs 2023 Honda HR-V. The HR-V has the reputation for being the affordable small crossover, but we think the Seltos gives you more at the same price or less.

Boardman OH - 2023 Kia Seltos's Overview

Exterior – Kia Dealer serving Boardman OH

While the 2023 Kia Seltos and 2023 Honda HR-V are similar in size, the Seltos is actually the smaller vehicle. It has a 103.5-inch wheelbase and is 172.0 inches long, which is about 14.3 feet. The HR-V, on the other hand, has a 104.5-inch wheelbase and is 179.8 inches long—almost 15 feet. The Kia model also has a 7.3-inch ground clearance, and the new HR-V is close to that at 7.0 inches. Both automakers offer 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels. Options are similar for the most part, but there are some notable items that Kia offers and Honda does not, such as roof rails and all LED exterior lighting.

Boardman OH - 2023 Kia Seltos's Exterior

Interior – 2023 Kia Seltos in Boardman OH

While the 2023 Honda HR-V is the larger vehicle, you wouldn’t know it from the interior. Both vehicles afford more than 41 inches of front legroom, and at 40 inches, the Kia actually provides more headroom. The Seltos also offers more second-row legroom by a bit, and at 26.6 cubic feet, it offers more dedicated cargo space by a couple of cubes. Both base cabins are well equipped for the class. We like that Honda includes automatic climate control as opposed to manual air conditioning, but we prefer the Kia as it features the larger 8-inch touch screen and a more robust audio system.

Boardman OH - 2023 Kia Seltos's Interior

Kia Seltos Mechanical specs

Honda opts for the same powertrain across the entire lineup for the 2023 Honda HR-V. It pairs a continuously variable automatic transmission with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all trim levels give you the option of all-wheel drive. With the Seltos, all models are all-wheel drive with the exception of the S, which includes front-wheel drive and offers all-wheel drive. For the standard powertrain, Kia also pairs a CVT with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. If you want a sportier experience, you can opt for either the Nightfall Edition or the SX, which have a seven-speed automatic transmission paired to a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that makes 175 horsepower.

Boardman OH - 2023 Kia Seltos's Mechanical

Technologies – Kia Dealership in Boardman OH

Kia includes an 8-inch infotainment touch screen standard whereas Honda opts for a 7-inch screen. Honda includes adaptive cruise control in its base package, but the standard driver assists in the Kia are more robust overall. Both include blind-spot monitoring with the up-level trim, and if you opt for the top trim level, you get items with the Kia that Honda doesn’t offer, such as a lane keeping system that makes minor steering corrections as you drive to keep the vehicle centered in the lane.

Trim Levels – 2023 Kia Seltos dealer

The 2023 Kia Seltos continues the nameplate’s first generation, which was introduced for the 2021 model year. Updates for this model year are focused on refining the standard and optional equipment. There are five core trim levels to choose from: LX, S, EX, Nightfall Edition and SX. What makes the 2023 Kia Seltos vs 2023 Honda HR-V comparison particularly interesting is that the new HR-V kicks off its second generation and arrives with a number of updates, including a new exterior and interior look. Three core trim levels are available, and those are the LX, Sport and EX-L.

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You never need an appointment to test-drive the Kia Seltos or any of our other Kia vehicles, so just visit Drive Taylor at your convenience. If you’d like additional information about the Seltos, call or email us. We can discuss specials, explore finance and lease offers, provide custom quotes and much more, and if you shop with us online, we’re available to provide similar assistance via live chat!


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