The small crossover vehicle class has seen a recent explosion in popularity. Drivers are flocking to these capable vehicles, drawn to the versatility offered by a small crossover utility vehicle. These models offer ample power and performance capabilities with impressive amounts of storage space and practical fuel economy estimates. The 2017 Kia Sportage vs the 2017 Toyota RAV4 compares two of the top entries in this popular class.
Both Kia and Toyota equip their small crossovers with standard four-cylinder engines. The two engines produce similar power numbers, with the Sportage taking a slight edge in the fuel economy category, earning an estimated 23 miles per gallon in the cities and 30 miles per gallon on the highways. Only one engine is offered on the RAV4, while the Sportage can be equipped with an upgraded 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that increases the horsepower rating on the crossover to 240.
2017 Kia Sportage
2017 Toyota RAV4
|23 city/30 hwy mpg
||23 city/29 hwy mpg
The 2017 Kia Sportage and 2017 Toyota RAV4 are each offered in multiple trim levels. Each trim offers a different collection of features. Three Sportage models are available, while Toyota opts for four trim levels. By offering fewer trim levels, Kia ensures each Sportage model comes equipped with a higher concentration of features and systems.
The 2017 Sportage lineup is made up of the LX, EX and SX Turbo trim levels. LX models start things off by offering 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, automatic headlights, rear climate vents, 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, satellite radio and Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary connectivity.
Moving up the EX trim level will get you 18-inch wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, roof rails, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear USB port and the 7-inch touchscreen UVO infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The final Sportage SX Turbo trim level includes 19-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, automatic highbeams, LED foglights and taillights, sport-tuned suspension, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and ventilated front seats. Many of the higher Kia Sportage trim level features are also available as added options on the lower models.