The crossover segment of the automotive industry continues to grow each year, which makes it harder for prospective new car buyers to make a decision. Our team here at Serra Toyota is working to provide comparisons between Toyota models and all of their popular competitors. This time we’re focusing on the 2016 Toyota RAV4 crossover, and we’re going to compare it to the 2016 Kia Sportage.
Both vehicles offer seating for five passengers and are equipped with similar size engines. The RAV4 LE and the Sportage LX are both set with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Although the 2016 Kia Sportage is slightly more powerful, the Toyota RAV4 is ultimately more fuel efficient. For this comparison, we’re focusing on the base models. Keep in mind there are higher models available for both with additional features and different performance capabilities.
|2016 Toyota RAV4 LE||VS||2016 Kia Sportage LX|
|2.5-liter 4-cylinder||Engine||2.4-liter I-4|
|24 city/31 hwy||MPG||21 city/28 hwy|
|38.4 cu. Ft.||Cargo Volume||26.1 cu. Ft.|
When it comes to the passengers, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 offers more interior volume than the 2016 Kia Sportage. The RAV4 is longer than the Sportage, but they’re almost the same in width. Front seat passengers in the 2016 Toyota RAV4 have more legroom than those in the 2016 Kia Sportage. The RAV4 LE base model can tow up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped, and the Sportage LX can tow up to 2,000 pounds.
Turning our attention to the safety features on both vehicles, drivers will notice these two have a lot in common in this category. Both of these crossovers are equipped with standard anti-theft protection, brake assist systems, child safety door locks, hill start assist control, low tire pressure indicators and an immobilizer. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 comes out on top with standard front knee airbags that are not available in the Kia Sportage. Automatic headlights are also standard on the RAV4, but it’s only optional for the Sportage. These two crossovers also offer similar convenience features including cruise control, outside temperature gauge, keyless entry and steering wheel mounted controls. The RAV4 comes out on top with a standard on-board computer, backup camera and rear spoiler, which are all optional with the Sportage. It also comes standard with voice activated controls that are not available on the Sportage.
Drivers interested in learning more about what the 2016 Toyota RAV4 has to offer are encouraged to contact our team here at Garden State Honda for more information. Those interested in getting behind the wheel of this efficient crossover can do so by scheduling a test drive online today.