2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Toyota Rav4

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Safety

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The Sportage’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Sportage and the Rav4 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rav4 was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The Sportage comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rav4’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sportage 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Rav4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Rav4 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first among small SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Rav4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Sportage SX Turbo AWD’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 34 more horsepower (237 vs. 203) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 184) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl. The Sportage SX Turbo FWD’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 37 more horsepower (240 vs. 203) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 184) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Kia Sportage 2.4 4-cylinder is faster than the Toyota Rav4:

Sportage

Rav4

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

83.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sportage has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (16.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Sportage SX Turbo

Rav4

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

The Sportage stops much shorter than the Rav4:

Sportage

Rav4

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sportage SX Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rav4 (245/45R19 vs. 235/55R19).

The Sportage LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 LE/XLE’s standard 65 series tires. The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Rav4 Limited pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Rav4 Limited (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Rav4 LE/XLE’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.1 feet). The Sportage’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Sportage is 4.5 inches shorter than the Rav4, making the Sportage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Sportage has .5 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and 3.5 inches more rear hip room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sportage’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Rav4’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

Towing

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The Sportage’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rav4’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Sportage’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Rav4 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Sportage’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Rav4’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Sportage’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Rav4’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

The Sportage has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Rav4 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Sportage owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Sportage with a number “8” insurance rate while the Rav4 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Rav4 because it costs $37 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sportage than the Rav4, including $31 less for front brake pads, $298 less for a starter, $53 less for fuel injection, $266 less for a fuel pump and $556 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Kia Sportage and the Toyota Rav4, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage third among small SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Rav4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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