The 2023 Kia EV6 is a highly sought-after electric vehicle that is entering its second year. It has a starting price of $48,700 (in 49 states).
The 2023 EV6 offers impressive features such as a range of 310 miles, fast battery charging from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes, and the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. It provides a viable alternative to Tesla’s offerings at a more affordable price.
The EV6 distinguishes itself with its advanced technology, including two large information screens and a range of standard driver assistance features. Its all-wheel drive system can automatically adjust to different conditions, optimizing either traction or energy efficiency.
In addition, the EV6 comes with industry-leading warranties and a well-established dealer network, providing customers with peace of mind. If you’re in the market for a new electric car, the 2023 EV6 deserves serious consideration.
2023 Kia EV6 pricing
The 2023 Kia EV6 starts at $42,600. This price is for the Light trim level, which is only available in California. In the other 49 states, the base model is the Wind RWD trim, which starts at $48,700. Adding the second motor for all-wheel drive costs an additional $3,900.
The GT-Line trim increases the price to $52,900, and the high-performance GT model has standard all-wheel drive and starts at $61,600. Despite being well-appointed, the GT model has limited options.
Kia also includes 1,000 kWh of free charging with each new EV6, which is equivalent to approximately 3,500 to 4,000 miles of driving. The 2023 Kia EV6 is available nationwide.
|2023 Kia EV6||MSRP|
|EV6 Light (California-only)||$42,600|
The prices listed are manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) and do not include the $1,325 destination fee.
Its main competitor, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, starts at $41.5K, while other comparable models like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model Y, Polestar 2, and Toyota bZ4X have starting prices ranging from $43K to $50K.
For those seeking a more affordable option, the Chevrolet Bolt EUV is priced at $27.8K, the Volkswagen ID.4 at $38.9K, and the Kia Niro EV starts at around $39.5K.
For more details, read: The 2023 Kia EV6 vs. the VW ID.4: Two very different approaches to going electric
Prior to purchasing an EV6, it’s recommended to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to determine a realistic price. Electric vehicles generally have strong resale values, and this is expected to apply to the desirable EV6 as well.
What’s new for 2023
The base Light trim is now exclusively available in California, and the lineup includes a new range-topping GT version with a powerful 576 horsepower. Additionally, a Technology package previously offered only for all-wheel-drive Wind models is now available with rear-wheel-drive models. This package includes features such as a 360-degree camera system, Blind Spot View Monitor, and Remote Smart Parking Assist.
Driving the 2023 Kia EV6
Electric motors deliver instant power, providing a quick response without the need for turbochargers or waiting for an engine to reach its optimal performance range.
The EV6 GT model, in particular, stands out with its remarkable 576 horsepower, sportier suspension, and impressive acceleration of 3.4 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. Despite its sportiness, the GT maintains a comfortable ride quality. The lower trims also offer a balanced and composed driving experience, with precise steering, confident brakes, and the option for four levels of energy regeneration.
The EV6’s battery pack is located under the floor, ensuring a low center of gravity and enhancing stability. The all-wheel drive system intelligently adjusts the operation of the front motor based on driving conditions.
We have extensively tested and researched various electric vehicles, including the Kia EV6.
The EV6 shares its platform with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, but it boasts a cabin design with more flair. The EV6’s cabin is stylish and ergonomic, featuring two large 12.3-inch information screens that provide driver information and control the infotainment system. Recycled materials are used throughout the interior, including the simulated leather seating surfaces. The cabin offers impressive quality and ample interior space for five passengers. The rear seats are designed for maximum space and comfort, with reclining functionality and a 60/40 split-folding feature that expands the luggage space from 24.4 cubic feet to 50.2 cubic feet.
The EV6 features flush door handles for enhanced aerodynamic efficiency. Its body shape falls between an SUV and a hatchback, with a higher ride height to accommodate the floor-mounted battery. The exterior design includes eye-catching details such as alloy wheels and a taillight that stretches from one rear fender to the other. The GT-Line and GT trims come with a powered wide-panel sunroof, and an array of premium paint choices are available.
Favorite features and technology
800-volt fast charging: This cutting-edge charging technology enables the EV6 to add about 70 miles of range in less than five minutes through DC fast chargers. The EV6 can charge from 10% to 80% (approximately 217 miles) in just 18 minutes.
Vehicle to Load (V2L): In addition to powering the electric motor(s), the EV6’s battery pack has an outlet that can supply power to various appliances and act as a backup power source during an outage.
Meridian audio: The EV6 comes equipped with a high-quality 14-speaker Meridian audio system, known for its excellence in audio technology.
Wireless charging: The center console of the EV6 features a wireless charging pad for convenient smartphone charging.
Heat pump: The EV6 offers an optional heat pump that captures heat from the drivetrain and directs it into the cabin, improving energy efficiency.
Remote Smart Parking Assist: This optional feature allows the driver to control the EV6 remotely using buttons on the key fob, making it easier to park in tight spaces.
Engine and transmission
The Light trim, available only in California, features rear-wheel drive (RWD) and delivers 167 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The Wind and GT-Line models, also with RWD, offer 225 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque from a single electric motor.
The Wind and GT-Line versions equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD) have two electric motors and a total output of 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque.
The high-performance GT model features dual electric motors and standard AWD, producing an impressive 576 horsepower and 545 lb-ft of torque.
All variants of the 2023 EV6 are capable of towing up to 2,300 pounds, although towing capacity may affect the range.
Every EV6 is equipped with a lithium-ion polymer battery pack. Charging the EV6 at home using a 240-volt power supply takes approximately seven hours. DC fast chargers can provide 217 miles of range in just 18 minutes.
Electric motor/58.0-kWh battery (Light RWD)
258 lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 136/100 MPGe
EPA-estimated range: 232 miles
Electric motor/77.4-kWh battery (Wind RWD & GT-Line RWD)
258 lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 134/101 MPGe
EPA-estimated range: 310 miles
Dual electric motors/77.4-kWh battery (Wind AWD & GT-Line AWD)
320 total horsepower
446 lb-ft of total torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 120/98 MPGe (Wind AWD), 106/86 MPGe (GT-Line AWD w/20-inch wheels)
EPA-estimated range: 282 miles (Wind AWD), 252 miles (GT-Line AWD w/20-inch wheels)
Dual electric motors/77.4-kWh battery (GT AWD)
576 total horsepower
545 lb-ft of total torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 85/74 MPGe
EPA-estimated range: 206 miles
For more information on Kia EV6 fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Kia offers exceptional warranties, with a 5-year or 60,000-mile basic coverage on the 2023 EV6. This is longer than the industry average. Kia also provides a 10-year or 100,000-mile warranty for the drivetrain.
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