Perhaps no vehicle demonstrates Kia's remarkable growth in recent years as its Sportage. First introduced as a small compact SUV in America in 1995, it was little more than a cheaper alternative to the affordable but more sophisticated Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

But 27 years later, the Sportage has blown past them with radical styling, an upscale feel, advanced technologies, and three engine choices, including a hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Although the RAV4 also offers both hybrid versions, its conventional styling pales in comparison to the 2023 Sportage, which also offers a competitive all-wheel-drive system with a locking center differential.