2018 Kia Sportage vs Toyota RAV4

When you're ready to take advantage of the many benefits of driving a compact SUV, the two models that should be your top picks are the Kia Sportage and the Toyota RAV4. With either of these compact SUVs, you'll be getting the features that are the hallmark of the compact SUV class, including riveting power and supreme comfort.

While the quality of these vehicles is very close, there are some distinct differences between the two, meaning comparing them is a great way to decide which you should drive. Here are some of the top features of the 2018 Kia Sportage and the 2018 Toyota RAV4 that you can examine to decide which of these models fits you.




Standard towing capacity

2,000 pounds

1,500 pounds

Standard horsepower

181 horsepower

176 horsepower

Standard torque

175 lb-ft

172 lb-ft

Android Auto™



Apple CarPlay™



Which Has More Power?

The first question most drivers have when comparing two SUVs is which provides more engine power, meaning taking a look at standard engine options is one of the easiest ways to pick between the Kia Sportage and the Toyota RAV4.

The starting option of the 2018 RAV4 is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that can produce 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, in the 2018 Sportage, you'll be powered by a 2.4L DOHC engine, which delivers 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The Kia Sportage is the better option if you want more standard engine power.

Towing Capacity

Although the compact SUV class isn't known for its towing capacity, you still need a model that allows you to haul whatever equipment that you may need. If you still haven't decided whether you should drive the 2018 Kia Sportage or the 2018 Toyota RAV4, then take a look at their respective towing capacities.

With the Toyota RAV4, you'll be able to tow up to 1,500 pounds, which should be more than enough for most drives. However, this is another category where the Kia Sportage proves itself as the better model, as this SUV provides a max towing capacity of 2,000 pounds-that's 500 more pounds than the Toyota RAV4.

Innovative Compact Technology

Technology is one of the areas where the Kia Sportage and the Toyota RAV4 stand out from the rest of the compact class. These tech features are meant to provide you with added convenience on the road and can boost your enjoyment when you go for a drive.

Perhaps the most interesting tech features of the 2018 RAV4 is available HomeLink® system, which allows you to control your front gate or garage door from your car. While useful, this feature doesn't match up to the UVO infotainment system of the Kia Sportage, which provides voice-command navigation, SiriusXM® Traffic for real-time highway conditions, smartphone connectivity, and much more. It also utilizes Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for supreme smartphone compatibility, which the Toyota RAV4 doesn't offer.

Test Drive the 2018 Kia Sportage

When it comes to what SUV drivers care about, including power, towing ability, and technology, the Kia Sportage proved itself as the better vehicle than the Toyota RAV4. Take the 2018 Kia Sportage today by visiting Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg.

Car shoppers from Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg know that Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg is the best local dealership to visit for new and pre-owned Kia vehicles, and we would love to show you what makes us stand out from the crowd. Stop by today, so we can help you fulfill your automotive needs.

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