The Toyota RAV4 has become the most popular model wearing the automaker’s badge with its mix of strong, efficient performance combined with a comfortable and flexible interior. For the new model year, Toyota gave its top-selling crossover SUV platform several important updates that will only serve to widen the lead it demonstrates over the competition. A comparison of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2019 Kia Sportage will very clearly illustrate these improvements. When the 2019 RAV4 arrives at the Colonial Toyota showroom, it will offer significant improvements to available technology and performance output, which may raise its profile with buyers who would have otherwise chosen the latest Kia Sportage. Customers can schedule a test drive with the 2019 Toyota RAV4 or begin the pre-ordering process today with Colonial Toyota by calling, 203-403-6890.
Crossover SUVs like the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 and 2019 Kia Sportage are destined to be among the top vehicles in their shared industry segment in terms of passenger comfort and available cargo space. Both the 2019 models of the RAV4 and Sportage have a maximum passenger capacity of five passengers. However, where the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is really able to outshine the 2019 Sportage is cargo volume. When the rear seats of the 2019 RAV4 are being used by passengers, there is still 37.6 cubic-feet of room for cargo, compared to just over 30 cubic-feet available with the 2019 Sportage. Folding the rear seats down expands the available cargo volume in the 2019 Toyota RAV4 to nearly 70 cubic-feet. Owners of the 2019 Kia Sportage can get up to 60.1 cubic-feet.
One of the hallmarks of the Toyota RAV4 has always been its stout powertrain. For the new model year, the 2019 RAV4 uses an updated and retuned version of the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Owners of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 will see a maximum output of 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Most versions of the 2019 Kia Sportage employ a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that will top out at 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The difference in performance becomes clearer when towing specs are taken into account. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 can tow up to 3,500 pounds with the proper equipment added. Even with the upgraded engine option, the 2019 Sportage can only pull up to 2,000 pounds.