2023 Kia Seltos vs. 2023 Honda HR-V Comparison

2023 Kia Seltos in gold, driving.

The Honda HR-V is the brand’s smallest and most affordable SUV and has just been redesigned for the 2023 model year. Its many upgrades over its predecessor make it more competitive with a relative newcomer to the subcompact SUV class, the Kia Seltos .

Let’s take a closer look at these small SUVs and find the right one for you.

2023 Kia Seltos

2023 Kia Seltos in gold, driving.

The Kia Seltos is both a stylish subcompact SUV and a great value. It has a modest starting price, most finishes come with four-wheel drive (AWD) as standard, and the low fuel consumption and spacious interior make it practical. The price starts at $22,840. View offers near you.

Kia Seltos Highlights

More affordable: The Kia Seltos is slightly more affordable than the Honda HR-V. Not only does it have a lower sticker price, but it is also more economical, which can lead to significant savings in the long run. It’s also worth noting that the base trim of the Seltos has AWD for $22,840, but the most affordable AWD-equipped HR-V starts at $25,150.

Turbo engine option: The Kia Seltos has an optional turbo engine that makes driving even more exciting. The turbocharged engine produces 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, while each HR-V is powered by a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine that produces 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. Even with the turbocharged engine, the price tag and fuel economy are still reasonable with the Seltos.

Excellent warranty: The warranty protecting the Kia Seltos exceeds the Honda warranty. The Seltos comes with a base 5 year/60,000 mile warranty and a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty on the powertrain. By comparison, the HR-V has a base warranty of 3 years/36,000 miles and a powertrain warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles.

2023 Honda HR-V

2023 Honda HR-V Sport on dirt road

2023 Honda HR-V Sport on dirt road

The Honda HR-V received an overdue redesign for the 2023 model year. The all-new HR-V has a new look, premium interior and more standard technical features than its predecessor. Prices start at $23,650. View offers near you.

Honda HR-V Highlights

Luxurious interior: Both SUVs have beautiful interiors, but the inside of the HR-V arguably has a more premium look than the Seltos. The interior of the HR-V received a huge upgrade in the 2023 redesign with a surprisingly luxurious look and beautiful interior materials. It also drives smoothly and quietly for an SUV of this size.

Wireless smartphone connectivity: Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are useful optional features in the Honda HR-V that you can’t get in the Kia Seltos. If you opt for the top EX-L upholstery, you can connect your smartphone to the screen in the car without taking it out of your bag or pocket.

Honda Detection: Every Honda HR-V trim comes standard with the Honda Sensing safety technology suite. It bundles safety features such as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and lane assistant to add safety and confidence to your drive. The Sport trim adds blind spot monitoring, and the top EX-L trim adds parking sensors and low-speed brake control.

newer: The Seltos is only in its third model year, but that still means it could be two years before the next redesign. However, the HR-V is completely new this year. If you keep your vehicles for five years or more, but also like to drive the current generation, the HR-V has an advantage.


Spacious, attractive interior, many standard safety features, available AWD, 2.0-litre 4-cylinder base engines, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay as standard


The Kia Seltos is the economical choice thanks to its lower starting price, lower fuel consumption and extended warranty. However, the all-new Honda HR-V is worth a test drive for its modern design, luxurious interior and intuitive technical features. You can’t go wrong with either one, and which one is right for you largely depends on personal preference.

2023 Kia Seltos 2023 Honda HR-V
Starting price $22,840 $23,650
Popular powertrains
Engine 2.0 liter I4 2.0 liter I4
horsepower 146 hp @ 6,200 rpm 158 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Couple 132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm 138 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm
Transfer CVT automatic CVT automatic
Fuel economy 29 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg
Also available 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder; 7-speed automatic; AWD AWD
Basic warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA General Safety 4 stars To be determined
Maximum seating capacity 5 5
wheelbase 103.5 inch 104.5 inches
Total length 172.0 inches 179.8 inches
Width 70.9 inches 72.4 inches
Height 63.6 inches 63.4 inches
turning diameter: 34.8 feet 35.1 feet
Headroom, front 40.0 in 39.4 inches
Headroom, rear 38.4 inches 38.0 inches
Legroom, front 41.4 inches 41.9 inches
Legroom, rear 38.0 inches 37.7 inches
Shoulder room, front 55.5 inches 56.6 inches
Shoulder room, rear 54.7 inches 55.2 inches
Freight volume 26.6/62.8 cubic feet 24.4/55.1 cubic feet