2019 Kia Sportage vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4
Are you in the market for a crossover SUV but unsure which model is right for you? The segment features several options that prioritize safety, comfort, convenience, and power, but two of the segment standouts include the 2019 Kia Sportage and the 2018 Toyota RAV4. But only one model maintains the distinction as best in class, and that honor goes to the 2019 Kia Sportage. Here’s why:
The 2019 Kia Sportage is priced more affordably than the 2018 Toyota RAV4, despite having more features (more on that next). The Kia Sportage starts at just $23,750, nearly $1,000 less than the Toyota RAV4, which retails for $24,660.
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Despite being more affordably priced, the 2019 Sportage offers better standard features. For instance, Sportage EX and SX models come standard with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, which is not even available as an option on the RAV4. The Sportage model’s superior safety features helped it earn a Top Safety Pick+ distinction from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a higher honor than the RAV4’s Top Safety Pick.
Another perk of the lower-priced 2019 Kia Sportage? A superior warranty. The new 2019 Sportage boasts a basic five-year/60,000-mile warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, which obliterates the 2019 RAV4’s offerings: a basic three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile warranty.
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The standard engine for the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which pumps out 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers just can’t compare with the outputs of the 2019 Kia Sportage model’s standard 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with Gasoline Direct Injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing. That engine puts out 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The Sportage is also available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that cranks out 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque; the RAV4 has no other gas engine offering.
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Stop by Bert Ogden Mission Kia to test-drive the 2019 Sportage for yourself.