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2016 Kia Sportage vs. 2016 Toyota RAV4

Overview

2016 Sportage

With 2016 Sportage, Kia takes compact SUVs to another level. It is a perfect combination of fun and power. The turbocharged engine along with sporty yet composed handling, make Sportage a cool ride. With no shortage of luxurious amenities and modern features, Sportage is one of the best selling compacts in the market. If you are looking for an exciting yet economical SUV, Sportage is definitely for you.

2016 RAV4

RAV4 is one of the smallest crossover SUVs out there. However, what it lacks in size, it makes up with its amazing style and focus on comfort. It has a sleek and sophisticated feel and satisfactory drivability. RAV4 tries to combine all the best qualities an SUV has to offer and succeeds for the most part. A freshly added hybrid model makes for an efficient vehicle. RAV4 is a well-packaged SUV that comes with the Toyota guarantee.

Performance

Kia Sportage boasts two extremely powerful engines. The LX and Ex models of this cool vehicle run on a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine. The engine can produce up to 182-hp of pure power. The 6-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the wheels seamlessly. You can get a mileage of 28MPG on a highway with a front-wheel-drive. The real star of the 2016 Sportage is without a doubt its available 2.0-liter Inline-4, turbocharged engine. With jaw-dropping power of 260-hp, Sportage can carry, haul and tow as much as a large sized SUV.

RAV4 also offers two choices in engines. The 2.5-liter inline-4 engine is powered by gasoline. It manages to generate 176-hp. The 6-speed automatic transmission is standard. You get to choose from a front-wheel-drive and an AWD. The RAV4 Hybrid is impressive with its 2.5-liter engine. The two small electric motors work with the engine to produce 194-hp. The fuel economy is impressive with 34MPG in city. RAV4 is a fuel-efficient SUV, but it does not succeed to compete with Sportage when it comes to power and sportiness.

Interior

Kia is known for offering luxury on a budget, and it does not disappoint with the 2016 Sportage. Clean and well defined lines and easy to use controls, give a feel of an understated luxury and elegance. Both the front and back seats are comfortable with plenty or headroom and legroom. Available leather trims and ergonomic designs offer a cozy ride. The crossover has 26.1 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright, and 54.6 cubic feet with them folded. Ample storage allows the whole family to travel in style.

RAV4 gets a revised interior. In order to improve on the previous models’ lack luster interiors, Toyota does it best to offer luxury and comfort. The seats are spacious and storage space is plenty, but unavailability of leather seating is a little bit disappointing. RAV4 gets a leather-substitute called “Softex”, which gets the job done. The use of plastic materials in base model, along with a utilitarian design, gives the cabin of RAV4 a cost-effective look. Overall, RAV4 manages to give a satisfying riding experience.

Exterior

The 2016 Kia Sportage has a distinct and bold look. The strong and rugged exterior is made elegant with clear lines and soft contours. The big wheel-and-tire combination allows for a sportier SUV. Sportage has a muscular body with a strong stance. It is available in several striking colors that add to its coolness and charm. The Kia’s signature “tiger-nose” grille along with the sleekly sweptback headlights gives it a mature yet fun look.

Toyota RAV4 has a blunt exterior with well-defined lines. The boxy crossover has managed to stay the same for the past two decades. The bumper of the car has been redesigned ever so slightly. Thin and elongated headlights give the front of the SUV a distinct look. With a lower stance than Sportage, RAV4 is less sporty. The available roof rails add to the utility of this great crossover. If your main focus is space and efficacy, RAV4 is for you.

Features

The 2016 Model of Sportage comes loaded with nifty features. Bluetooth, USB port with 4.3-inch touch-screen, air-conditioning, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and a rear privacy glass are standard in all models. The deluxe models add dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a 6-way power driver seat, a cool panoramic sunroof, navigation system with 7-inch touch screen, the UVO infotainment system, ventilated front seats and dual exhaust outlets. Sportage offers a fun-filled trip.

RAV4 also offers some cool features. Bluetooth connectivity, USB inputs, dual-zone climate control, Entune Premium audio with navigation and push-button start help give all the passengers plenty of entertainment. Entune telematics is an available option that lets you use all different kinds of apps. The available 7-inch touch-screen and a 12-volt outlet give an opportunity to enjoy a glitch-free journey.

Safety

Kia is famous for making reliable and safe vehicles. The 2016 Kia Sportage is car safe for the entire family. Safety features like downhill brake assist and hill-start assist mean the SUV is ready to tackle any road and any terrain. Stability control makes driving the SUV a breeze. Anti-lock brakes, front and side airbags are enough to give you peace of mind. Rearview camera and rearview parking sensors let you park in any spot. The Kia Sportage gets “Good” ratings from IIHS in most of its test.

Most of the previous models of RAV4 got “Poor” ratings from IIHS. With the 2016 model, RAV4 has managed to turn this around. It gets top ratings and manages to produce a safe SUV. The NHTSA gives it four stars out of the maximum five. Features like blind spot monitors and rearview camera ensure a safe ride. In terms or safety, RAV4 manages to match the impressive Kia Sportage.

Keeping all factors in mind, it becomes apparent that the 2016 Kia Sportage gives you more bang for the buck. If you are planning to buy Sportage, do not hesitate to visit Allentown Kia at 2350 Lehigh Street Allentown, PA 18103 or reserve an appointment by calling at 610-628-3831.

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