2019 Kia Sportage vs 2018 Toyota RAV4
Many consumers praise crossover SUVs for their potent yet efficient engines, roomy interiors, and features designed for ultimate comfort, convenience, and safety. The 2019 Kia Sportage and 2018 Toyota RAV4 are two of the segment’s most popular options, but which one is the better option? The scale tips in favor of the 2019 Kia Sportage. Here’s why:
Drivers hoping to get the best deal on their new crossover SUV will have better luck with the 2019 Kia Sportage than the 2018 Toyota RAV4. In fact, the new Kia Sportage is priced nearly $1,000 less than the Toyota RAV4 for the base model. The starting MSRP for the Sportage is just $23,750, compared to $24,660 for the RAV4.
Despite the more affordable pricing, the 2019 Sportage boasts a better vehicle warranty, a typical trait of Kia vehicles. The Kia Sportage comes with a basic five-year/60,000-mile warranty and an added 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Toyota RAV4 offers significantly less: a basic three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Engine Options & Power
The 2019 Kia Sportage gives you options beneath the hood, but the 2019 Toyota RAV4 offers just one gas engine (though it does offer a hybrid variant, which is the same engine with an electric motor). The RAV4’s only gas engine is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which generates 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque.
The Sportage’s standard engine is the 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder with Gasoline Direct Injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing. This engine cranks out 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. That’s right — even the Sportage’s base engine is more powerful than the only engine in the RAV4.
But the 2019 Kia Sportage can also be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged DOHC four-cylinder with Gasoline Direct Injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, creating a whopping 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
The 2019 Kia Sportage also offers a lot more content than the 2018 Toyota RAV4 — even at the lower price point. For example, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ are standard on the Sportage EX and SX trims, but you cannot even get these popular phone integration features as an option on the RAV4.
While both the 2019 Kia Sportage and the 2018 Toyota RAV4 are designed with safety in mind and available with a number of safety features, the Sportage has earned a superior crash test rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the RAV4 a Top Safety Pick but named the Sportage a Top Safety Pick+.
Stop by Bert Ogden Harlingen Kia to test-drive the 2019 Sportage for yourself.