Sportage

Rav4

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

83.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Sportage has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (16.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Sportage SX Turbo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

Sportage SX Turbo

Rav4

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

The Sportage stops much shorter than the Rav4:

Sportage

Rav4

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sportage SX Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rav4 (245/45R19 vs. 235/55R19).

The Sportage LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 LE/XLE’s standard 65 series tires. The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Rav4 Limited pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Rav4 Limited (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Rav4 LE/XLE’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.1 feet). The Sportage’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The Sportage is 4.5 inches shorter than the Rav4, making the Sportage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Sportage has .5 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and 3.5 inches more rear hip room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity

The Sportage’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Rav4’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

Towing

The Sportage’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rav4’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Sportage’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Rav4 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Sportage’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Rav4’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Sportage’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Rav4’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

The Sportage has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Rav4 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Sportage owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Sportage with a number “8” insurance rate while the Rav4 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Rav4 because it costs $37 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sportage than the Rav4, including $31 less for front brake pads, $298 less for a starter, $53 less for fuel injection, $266 less for a fuel pump and $556 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports? recommends both the Kia Sportage and the Toyota Rav4, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage third among small SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Rav4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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