2017 Kia Sportage vs. 2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Kia Sportage vs. 2017 Toyota RAV4

Crossover SUVs are hugely popular vehicle platforms for good reason. Almost universally, they are well-equipped, easy to handle and offer loads of flexibility. In recent years, Kia has emerged as a leader in this class with several models for sale or lease, Serra Trussville Kia is very proud to have options like the Kia Sportage in its showroom. Because of the breadth and depth of this industry segment, comparison shopping can quickly become overwhelming. Serra Trussville Kia is happy to help out potential customers by highlighting the differences between the 2017 Kia Sportage vs. 2017 Toyota RAV4. The 2017 Sportage was completely redesigned for the current model year, giving it a few new features to help it compete against tough competition like the RAV4.

Kia has really responded to customers' desire to remain connected while they are on the road. One of the areas where the 2017 Kia Sportage is able to outshine the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is with its UVO3 infotainment system, available in some form on most of the crossover SUV's trim levels. In addition to being controlled by a seven-inch touchscreen interface, owners with Apple- or Android-based smartphones will be able to use many of their favorite applications on the go. Moving up to the SX Turbo trim adds an eight-inch touchscreen, GPS navigation and an eight-speaker premium audio system. The 2017 RAV4 offers its own infotainment system, with optional satellite navigation functionality, but they have not adopted smartphone integration for both platforms.

2017 Kia Sportage 2017 Toyota RAV4
2.4-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
181/175 Horsepower/Torque 176/172
Six-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed automatic
2,000 lbs. Max. Towing 1,500 lbs.

2017 Sportage vs. 2017 RAV4: Performance specs

One of the many choices Serra Trussville Kia customers will have to make when considering the 2017 Kia Sportage is which of the two available engine options they would like to have. The base LX trim and mid-grade EX versions use a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with a top output of 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 uses 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. These performance figures are pretty common in this part of the crossover SUV segment, but Kia isn't done.

The range-topping SX Turbo version of the 2017 Kia Sportage is outfitted with a more powerful turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine which has a peak output of 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Not only will this make the current Sportage a little quicker to get up to highway speeds, but a properly equipped version has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, again outperforming the Toyota RAV4.

All-wheel drive is optional with the 2017 Kia Sportage
The 2017 Kia Sportage has been completely redesigned for the current model year

The interior of the 2017 Sportage offers lots of features and is well designed for convenience
Cargo hauling is not a problem with the spacious interior of the 2017 Kia Sportage for sale at Serra Trussville Kia

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