2018 Kia Sportage Vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

Sportage on highway
Toyota RAV4 in field

When it comes to well-rounded vehicles, perfectly made for individuals and families alike, the compact crossover stands as one of the best. These vehicles combine the handling and efficiency of a car with the cargo capabilities and all-weather performance of an SUV. Vehicles in this class exhibit a high level of attention to convenience, with a secondary focus on performance – seeking to deliver enough oomph to get them up to highway speeds and allow confident passing.

Though one of the first small crossovers on the market, the Toyota RAV4 has spent much of its recent years focusing on minor improvements. What’s left is a vehicle with utility-minded goals. The RAV4 is reliable and delivers on many of its stakes. For Kia, the challenge was to build a vehicle that solved problems. Drivers looking for performance and versatility flock to crossovers, but those crossovers rarely provide the kind of style options that cars have. This is no longer the case thanks to the attractive and elegant Kia Sportage.

2018 Kia Sportage

Base horsepower 181 horsepower (LX)
Base MPG combined 26 miles per gallon
Max available horsepower 240 horsepower
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Compatible Yes
Standard wheels 17” alloy
Frontal crash, passenger safety rating 5 stars
Bumper-to-bumper warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Base MSRP $23,600

2018 Toyota RAV4

Base horsepower 176 horsepower (LE)
Base MPG combined 25 miles per gallon
Max available horsepower 176 horsepower
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Compatible No
Standard wheels 17” steel
Frontal crash, passenger safety rating 4 stars
Bumper-to-bumper warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Base MSRP $24,510

Kia Sportage Advantages Vs. RAV4

In all of the metrics for which crossovers are frequently chosen, the 2018 Kia Sportage beats the 2018 Toyota RAV4. Passing ability, fuel efficiency and standard amenities are all at their optimum in the 2018 Kia Sportage.

Many features are available on the 2018 Kia Sportage which require costly trim level upgrades on the 2018 RAV4. Available lumbar support, illuminated mirrors, blind-spot monitoring system, a remote starting system and more are just some of the features that the Sportage can add a la carte to a build which require bumping up to higher trim levels on the 2018 Toyota RAV4.

Road trips aren’t a chore in the 2018 Kia Sportage. The UVO infotainment system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you to connect your smartphone to your Sportage and carry over downloaded apps/podcasts/music and more in a familiar interface. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 foregoes this innovation for a clunky proprietary software with a steep learning curve.

Although a subjective trait, many drivers will find the bold and daring style of the Sportage to be a plus in their column over the reserved and forgettable exterior aesthetic of the 2018 Toyota RAV4.

As we previously mentioned, both vehicles do what’s asked of them with no complaints. With the 2018 Kia Sportage, however, the value is higher. You get more for your money – more performance, more comfort, more convenience, more style and more peace-of-mind with a warranty nearly twice as long as Toyota’s.

Here at Kia of Muncie, we’re big fans of the 2018 Kia Sportage. For more information on the Sportage, or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!