2019 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2019 Kia Soul

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 (except LE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Soul doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rav4 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Soul doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Rav4 Adventure/Limited AWD’s standard Downhill Assist Control allows you to creep down safely. The Soul doesn’t offer Downhill Assist Control.

The Rav4 Limited offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Soul only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Rav4 and the Soul have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Rav4’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Soul runs out after 100,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Soul.

There are over 59 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rav4’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Kia is ranked fifth.

Engine

The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 73 more horsepower (203 vs. 130) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 118) than the Soul’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (203 vs. 161) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 150) than the Soul +’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (203 vs. 201) than the Soul !’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Rav4 is faster than the Soul + 2.0 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Rav4

Soul

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

8.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

22.5 sec

26.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.5 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

84 MPH

Top Speed

122 MPH

116 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 gets better fuel mileage than the Soul:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4

FWD

Auto

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

AWD

Auto

LE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

Soul

FWD

Manual

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

 

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

 

 

+ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

 

 

! 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

Transmission

The Toyota Rav4 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Soul.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Rav4, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Soul.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Rav4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Soul:

 

Rav4

Soul

Front Rotors

12 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

10.3 inches

The Rav4 stops shorter than the Soul:

 

Rav4

Soul

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rav4 has larger standard tires than the Soul (225/65R17 vs. 205/60R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rav4 LE/XLE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Soul. The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Soul !.

The Rav4 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Soul; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Toyota Rav4 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kia Soul has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Rav4 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Rav4 flat and controlled during cornering. The Soul’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rav4’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the Soul (105.9 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Soul.

The Rav4 Adventure handles at .84 G’s, while the Soul + pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Rav4 Adventure executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Soul ! (27.5 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Rav4 Adventure/Limited uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Soul doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 has .1 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Soul.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4’s rear seats recline. The Soul’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Soul with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Soul with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 61.3 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Rav4 (except LE) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or, optionally on the Rav4 Limited, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Soul doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The Rav4 has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Soul has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

When different drivers share the Rav4 (except LE/XLE/Adventure), the optional memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Soul doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Rav4’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Soul’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. With the Soul +/!’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The Rav4 XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Soul’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Rav4 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Soul doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Rav4 XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Soul doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Rav4 and the Soul offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rav4 XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Soul doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Rav4 Adventure has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Soul doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Kia Soul by over four to one during 2018.

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