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Toyota RAV4 vs. Kia Sorento and Sportage

So you’re weighing the options between Toyota’s RAV4 and a stunning new Kia. The SUV segment has some hard hitting models in the mix, which is exactly why you’d be crazy not to take the award winning 2018 Kia Sportage and 2018 Sorento into consideration. We will not only introduce you to the Kia advantage; we’ll show you how much harder the Sorento and the Sportage can hit back!

Awards and Accolades

When it comes to quality, Kia towers over the competition with a brand winning award for J.D.Power and Associates (IQS) “Initial Quality Study” (Toyota came in at #14). As if that wasn’t enough, in 2016 the Sportage secured the #1 spot for the small SUV segment while being bumped to the #2 position in 2017 due to Kia introducing its newest member to the lineup, the Kia Niro (A Guiness World Record holder for “lowest fuel consumption by a hybrid vehicle). Amongst J.D.Power and Associates awards,the Sportage also secured the 2016 Red Dot Design Award, is a Kelly Blue Book “Top 10 Most Awarded Vehicle,” and an Autotraders “Must Test Drive”.

The Sorento holds true to the Kia quality standard and slogan “the power to surprise” taking the #1 IQS spot away from the competition in 2017 (moving up from #2 in 2016). While being an award winner of IIHS “Top Safety Pick” every year since 2016; the Sorento has been accredited with a 5-star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (2016-2017), Red Dot Design Honorable Mention Award in 2016, and Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s (AJAC) “Best New SUV” in 2016.


Kia offers a standard 5 Year 100,000km full comprehensive warranty and 5 Year Unlimited km Roadside Assistance giving you peace of mind over and above Kia’s consistently proven quality. That is a full 2 years of additional warranty and roadside assistance over Toyota’s 3 Year 60,000 km warranty and 3 Year Roadside Assistance.


Slide into the driver seat and pick your favorite channel with Kia’s standard Sirius XM radio including a 3 months free trial subscription in your beautiful new Kia Sorento or Sportage. And when you’re ready to back out of the driveway, you can do so with ease knowing exactly where your Sportage or Sorento will end up with the dynamic rearview camera with movable guidelines starting in the lower base trims. You can see the clear road ahead in either model with the standard fog lights, all of which you will have to seek out in higher trim levels on Toyota’s RAV4.

Looking for a little more than just the basics? Perfect! Kia’s got you covered with Sorento and Sportage’s available features, such as android auto/apple carplay smartphone integration giving you access to your favorite apps and navigation on your touchscreen. let sunshine flood the cabin with the full panoramic sunroof and 1st row express feature. This means no matter the weather, you can open/close everything up with just a touch of a button! Keep everything and everyone safe with proximity warning rear backup parking sensors (front and rear available in Sportage). Got your hands full? Well leave your keys in your pocket and simply walk up behind your Sportage/Sorento and wait for the liftgate to open up for you hands-free/gesture free with the smart hatch release. All of this and more is waiting for you in a mid-trim Kia Sportage or Sorento near you! If you would like to find these features in Toyota’s RAV4, you may have to up your hide and seek game a little bit.(panoramic sunroof not available in RAV4)

So what are you waiting for? Bring the family down and come check out Kia’s top quality and multiple awarding winning Sorento and Sportage. You’ll be glad you did!



Sorento puts its best foot forward and pushes it all the way to the floor with the available 7 passenger 3.3 L V6 290 hp engine. You will also find an available 2.4 L with 185 hp and a 2.0 turbo blasting out 240 hp. When it comes to power the Sportage is no joke either pumping a maximum 237 hp with its 2.0 turbo and 181 hp in its 2.4 L models. The Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, will have you chugging all alone in the dust with its maximum and only available 176 hp 2.5 L.

If you were looking for some hauling power, you’ll be comparing apples to bananas watching Rav4 struggling to carry a maximum 1,500 lbs towing capacity; while the Sorento motors on with a maximum 5,000 lbs capacity that really is bananas! The Sportage keeps a strong game as well offering a 500 lbs upgrade to the Rav4 with a standard 2,000 lbs towing capacity.

Sportage RAV4 Sorento
J.D. Power Ranking (By Brand) #1 #14 #1
IQS Rank #2 NA #1
Autotrader “Must Test Drive” YES NO NO
KBB “Most Awarded Vehicle” YES NO NO
Red Dot Design Award YES YES YES
NHTSA 5-star Safety Rating YES YES YES
Warranty 5y/100,00 3y/60,000 5y/100,000
Roadside Assistance 5y/unlimited 3y/60,000 5y/unlimited
Max Engine 2.0 L turbo 2.5 L 4I 3.3 L V6
Max HP 237 176 290
Max lbs torque  260 172  252
 Starting MSRP $25,095  $27,750  $27,995