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Shining the Spotlight on Kia's Best-Selling Seltos

Shining the Spotlight on Kia's Best-Selling Seltos

A yellow 2023 Kia Seltos is shown parked at a crosswalk.

Kia is a fan favourite among Canadians because the automaker consistently designs and delivers models that suit our driving and style needs. The 2023 Kia Seltos for sale here at Sherwood Kia is a prime example of this focus. This subcompact SUV debuted in 2021 as Kia's "right-sized" crossover with modern styling and innovative technology at an affordable price.


Today, the 2023 Seltos showcases its best-selling features as a smaller SUV that's versatile enough to explore the world with you in the driver's seat. Offering seating for five and a spacious cabin that promises to keep you and your passengers comfortable and connected, the Seltos is one of the best-value SUVs in the segment. Don't believe us? Here's a closer look at the 2023 Seltos and what makes it one of Kia's top sellers in Canada.

Affordability and High-Value Packaging

The 2023 Seltos is one of the most affordable subcompact SUVs in the segment. Its budget-friendly MSRP gets you behind the wheel of the Seltos LX FWD. The base model is well-equipped with heated front seats, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat for easy access to the rear cargo area, and an infotainment system with smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Kia also outfits the LX FWD with conveniences like remote keyless entry and driver-assist features like Rear Occupant Alert, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.


Progressing up the lineup adds more features with the LX, EX FWD, EX, EX Premium, and SX Turbo trims. For example, top-tier trims like the EX exchange the base model's cloth upholstery for synthetic SOFINO leather seats and add amenities like a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel and a leather-wrapped shift knob. The SX Turbo offers every luxury imaginable, including a multi-directional power-adjustable driver's seat, heated rear seats, and air-cooled front seats for optimal comfort in any climate. The sporty SX Turbo also replaces the Seltos' traditional steering wheel with a D-shaped sport wheel that showcases the trim's performance-oriented aesthetic.

Staying Connected Is Guaranteed

For most of us, our smartphones are a lifeline to our family, friends, jobs, hobbies, and more. Kia recognizes that and makes it easier to stay connected in the 2023 Seltos. Instead of letting your smartphone steal your focus from the road, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration ensure seamless connectivity from the 20 cm standard touchscreen display or the available 26 cm high-definition display on premium trims like the EX Premium and SX Turbo.


With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can immediately access your favourite apps and tools. You can make calls, stream music, send text messages, and check your schedule. The available 26 cm touchscreen display adds navigation and features a split-screen mode that lets you navigate the most efficient route and see your most-used apps in an intuitive layout at the same time.


Depending on trim, you'll find that this Kia SUV offers even more innovative technology designed to keep your eyes on the road ahead. For example, the available head-up display puts information from the Seltos' digital instrument cluster and navigation system on the windshield in front of you, giving you a quick view of your speed, fuel level, trip log, and navigational cues. This display optimizes your focus and is standard on top-tier trims like the Seltos SX Turbo.


Trims like the EX Premium take connectivity to the next level with Kia Connect. Kia recognizes our need to stay connected and makes it possible with Kia Connect, an app on your smartphone that gives you remote access to the Seltos and a plethora of additional features and services. For example, you can use Kia Connect in your vehicle to find parking and navigate your route, or you can use the app on your smartphone to remotely start the engine, control the climate in the cabin, and monitor diagnostics like fuel level.

Luggage is shown in the trunk of a silver 2023 Kia Seltos.

Safety and Driver-Assist Technology

You deserve to have confidence and peace of mind behind the wheel, and the 2023 Seltos delivers. Kia equips this SUV with an impressive suite of standard and available safety and driver-assist features that actively monitor your surroundings and alert you to potential hazards or collisions. What can you expect from these tools?


The Seltos' Advanced Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist monitors ahead of the SUV and can automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist work similarly but watch behind the vehicle to help you navigate in reverse. The Blind-Spot Warning System keeps an eye on your blind spots and includes tools like Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist.


Behind the scenes, the Seltos features tools like electronic stability control, hill-assist control, and downhill brake control to help you maintain command over the SUV when navigating steep descents or slippery conditions. Top-tier trims also include driver-assist features that improve your experience on the highway. For example, Highway Drive Assist works with Smart Cruise Control and other features to monitor the flow of traffic and adjust the vehicle's cruising speed as needed without input from you.

Performance and Handling

As a subcompact SUV, the Seltos is an agile road warrior that's engaging and fun to drive. Kia guarantees as much by equipping the SUV with its proven 2.0L multi-point injection four-cylinder engine and intelligent variable transmission. With the transmission delivering smooth shift patterns, the engine has every opportunity to shine as it produces 146 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. This power output is even more impressive because it doesn't transform the Seltos into a gas-guzzling SUV; instead, the 2023 Seltos is incredibly efficient and rated for up to 8.2 L/100km in the city and 7.1 L/100 km on the highway.


While the Seltos' standard powertrain is capable, Kia knows there's always room for more power and a more dynamic driving experience. That's the inspiration behind the Seltos SX Turbo and the 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine under its hood. Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the turbocharged powerhouse roars to life as it produces 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque for exceptional responsiveness and handling. Fortunately, the turbocharged engine expertly balances power and efficiency, averaging 9.4 L/100 km in the city and 7.9 L/100 km on the highway––outstanding fuel economy for an SUV with a penchant for speed.

A red 2023 Kia Seltos is shown driving on a snowy path.

It's All in the Details

The 2023 Seltos proves Kia's keen awareness of what drivers want and need from a subcompact SUV. Its high-value packaging and affordable price tag make it accessible to more drivers, from budget-savvy shoppers to those looking for a sporty SUV with a predisposition for performance. Surprisingly, the Seltos delivers it all without skyrocketing its price, a miracle in today's automotive market.


Beyond its value-oriented packaging, the Seltos is also proof of Kia's focus on the details that improve our experience in the driver's seat. We see these details across the lineup, from the base model's standard smartphone integration designed to keep us connected to premium trims like the SX Turbo with its heated and air-cooled front seats for optimal comfort. These details differentiate the trims and make finding the perfect Seltos for our driving, style, and comfort needs entirely possible and thoroughly enjoyable.

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