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Kia Sportage vs. Toyota RAV4

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Sportage

$450
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Toyota RAV4

$428
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Kia Sportage Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 4th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $450 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Sportage.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota RAV4 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 11th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $428 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the RAV4.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$450
inexpensive
expensive
$428
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.22
not often
very often
0.47
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 star
(3)
4 star
(21)
3 star
(8)
2 star
(7)
1 star
(0)
The Kia Sportage ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.
“. wowo so the car fell apart at not even 40000miles had to get thw ehile engine done and air conditioned compressor had to get a new one at not even 60000 miles . i go no where with this car please...”
“. wowo so the car fell apart at not even 40000miles had to get thw ehile engine done and air cond...”
5 star
(7)
4 star
(17)
3 star
(15)
2 star
(6)
1 star
(0)
The Toyota RAV4 ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.
“I purchased my 2003 Rav 4 in 2006 with just over 30k miles. It had/has been maintained as recommended. It is a 5 speed manual transmission, which I have driven for more than 30 years of experience ...”
“I purchased my 2003 Rav 4 in 2006 with just over 30k miles. It had/has been maintained as recomme...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Sportage and the Toyota RAV4 are compact two-row SUVs from different manufacturers. Both of these vehicles seat five. Each of them is available with front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as an option.

The standard engines available on the Kia Sportage and the Toyota RAV4 are nearly identical. The Sportage has 181 horsepower and the RAV4 has 176 horsepower. Their optional engine choices vary. The Kia Sportage offers a 240-horsepower option, while the RAV4 has an available gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain with 194 total system horsepower.

There’s a substantial difference in cargo space when looking at the Sportage and the RAV4. The Sportage has 60.1 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded, while the RAV4 has 73.4 cubic feet behind the front row. The RAV4 has the advantage here.

Both the Kia Sportage and the Toyota RAV4 offer you a good all-around compact SUV experience. The Sportage offers you a lot more optional power, as well as the Kia 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The RAV4 gives you much more cargo space, plus a fuel-saving hybrid option. Take a look at both, and see which one works better for you.

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