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Comparison: 2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Toyota RAV4

At Eastside Kia, we're proud to sell the 2019 Kia Sportage in Calgary. Kia's compact crossover SUV wins hearts at first sight with its bold styling and a stance that's surprisingly imposing for a small SUV. Inside, you'll find an upscale interior loaded with more features than you'd expect in the Sportage's price class. Read this 2019 Kia Sportage comparison to learn how it stacks up against the Toyota RAV4, one of its compact SUV competitors.

2019 Sportage - The Basics

The Sportage is a small SUV that's big on value. It offers a choice of two engines: a 2.4L four-cylinder that produces 181 horsepower, or a turbocharged four-cylinder that cranks out 237 exhilarating horsepower and a hefty 260 lb.-ft. of torque. That power gets channelled either through the front wheels or through all four wheels with available Dynamax All-Wheel Drive (AWD). To fit your active lifestyle, the rear seats fold down to offer an impressive 1,703 litres of cargo space. The transmission features Drive Mode Select, so you can choose between Normal, Eco, and Sport modes for every possible driving situation.

How It Compares to the 2019 RAV4

Kia has always delivered tremendous value for the money, producing cars and SUVs with more features, performance, and safety technology than you would expect at their price point. The Sportage is no exception. It starts at only $25,295 for the base LX front-wheel drive model, compared to $27,990 for the base model front-wheel drive Toyota RAV4. For comparison purposes, however, we'll take one step up to the Sportage LX AWD model with the 2.4L non-turbo engine and the RAV4 LE AWD model (2018 specs were available at press time), to compare them as they typically might be purchased.

2019 Kia Sportage LX AWD Feature Toyota RAV4 LE AWD
$27,495 Price $30,015
181 Horsepower 176
175 Torque 172
1696 Curb Weight (kg) 1610
2670 Wheelbase (mm) 2660

As you can see, these are similarly sized vehicles, while the Kia Sportage holds an edge in horsepower, torque, and price. The Sportage's advantages continue on the features list, where it matches or exceeds the RAV4 in a number of areas.

2019 Kia Sportage LX AWD Feature Toyota RAV4 LE AWD
Remote activated Approach Lights Not available
Yes Vehicle Security System No
62 Fuel Tank (L) 60
970 Rear Leg Room (mm) 944
SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite Radio AM/FM Stereo
Yes LCD Monitor Touchscreen No

One area where the Kia Sportage pulls way ahead is the warranty. Kia stands by the reliability and durability of every Kia with one of the best warranties in the automotive industry:

2019 Kia Sportage LX AWD Warranty Feature Toyota RAV4 LE AWD
60 Basic Months 36
100,000 Basic Distance (km) 60,000
60 Roadside Assistance Months 36
Unlimited Roadside Assistance Distance (km) 60,000

Add in safety features including six standard six airbags, standard rear view camera, available Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and optional Autonomous Emergency Braking, and the Kia Sportage stands out even more as one of the best values in the Compact SUV class.