2021 Kia Sportage vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 in Mississauga, ON

Kia Sportage vs. Toyota RAV4 Comparison at 401 Dixie Kia

Both the Kia Sportage and Toyota RAV4 are legends in the compact crossover segment, having staked their claim for over 25 years. They’ve had plenty of time to compete against each other over the years, but 2021 is a great time to check in and see how these latest models stack up against each other. While they both have many similarities, there’s also many differences that will make your next decision easier when choosing between them. Read on to explore our comparison between the 2021 Kia Sportage and the 2021 Toyota RAV4, from us at 401 Dixie Kia in Mississauga!

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Exterior Design & Features

Kia Sportage Exterior

If you want a compact and stylish SUV that represents everything drivers love about modern crossovers, the 2021 Kia Sportage is the model for you. Not only does the Sportage present chic looks, but also creates a vehicle that’s as fun to drive as its exterior suggests. Perfect it with a colour like Scarlet Red or Black Cherry and stand-out on any street you take your Kia down.

Toyota RAV4 Exterior

The Toyota RAV4 is a modern compact crossover at roughly the same size as the Kia Sportage. It measures out as being a little bit bigger/longer in length, height and wheelbase, which may make you take a little bit more notice when parking. The RAV4 also comes with a more rugged design, fit for off-road adventuring while the Sportage maintains a style that fits in perfectly in the city.

Specifications:2021 Kia Sportage LX2021 Toyota RAV4 LE AWD
Length (mm/in)4,485 / 176.54,596 / 180.9
Width (mm/in)1,855 / 73.01,854 / 73.0
Height (mm/in)1,635 / 64.41,702 / 67.0
Wheelbase (mm/in)2,670 / 105.12,690 / 105.9

Interior Design & Features

Kia Sportage Interior

The front and rear head room/leg room between the two vehicles is pretty close to equal, where the rear head room is the only section that the RAV4 comes out ahead in. It’s the comfort and convenience features that really make the Sportage shine on top of that extra room, with heated front and rear seats, wireless charging and a Harman Kardon audio system.

Toyota RAV4 Interior

Where the RAV4 stands out is in the storage department. While you can fit the same amount of passengers in both vehicles, the 2021 RAV4 offers more cargo space, highlighting its off-road potential and all of the required gear.

Specifications:2021 Kia Sportage LX2021 Toyota RAV4 LE AWD
Head Room (front) (mm/in)997 / 39.3992 / 39.0
Head Room (rear) (mm/in)993 / 39.11,015 / 40.0
Leg Room (front) (mm/in)1,053 / 41.51,040 / 40.9
Leg Room (rear) (mm/in)970 / 38.2960 / 37.8
Cargo Capacity (behind 1st row) (L/cu-ft)1,565 / 55.71,977 / 69.8
Cargo Capacity (behind 2nd row) (L/cu-ft)798 / 28.91,059 / 37.4

Performance & Capability

Kia Sportage Performance

Two engines are available across the Sportage trims, with the top level 2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine on the SX providing the ultimate of power. It produces 237 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque to outmatch what the RAV4 can produce. Dynamax Intelligent All-Wheel Drive proves this is an SUV for any season as it can easily keep you well-within exceptional traction.

Toyota RAV4 Performance

Across all of its trims, the 2021 RAV4 only offers one engine: the 2.5L 4-cylinder Dynamic Force, boasting 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft, which can’t measure up to the top-level Sportage engine. Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive is present, though, for stable driving no matter the environment. Further, there are RAV4 Hybrid and RAV4 Prime (plug-in hybrid electric) models also available, for those who value even greater efficiency.


Kia Sportage Safety

In a modern SUV that will most likely be helping to shepherd your friends, family and gear, safety is more important than ever. The Sportage is highlighted by a few top tier systems that will make your drive safer and more convenient than ever. Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are just a few of the advanced tech systems at your disposal.

Toyota RAV4 Safety

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 also has an impressive suite of modern safety tech in the form of their Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. This system houses features like Pre-collision Safety, Lane Tracing Assist, Automatic High Beams and more. As well with the Toyota Star Safety system, the RAV4 comes well-equipped.

Kia Sportage vs. Toyota RAV4 Verdict

The 2021 Kia Sportage starts at $25,795, while the 2021 Toyota RAV4 starts at $28,590. Both incredibly representative of what it means to be a crossover SUV in 2021, the Sportage and RAV4 have a lot of similarities, but with a few stark differences. The RAV4 may offer more cargo space and an off-road-ready look, but the Sportage provides a more urban and modern crossover with greater performance potential. It depends what you want most out of your next vehicle, but the Sportage’s better price tag, competing features, style and availability of a top-level engine help check all of its boxes.


If you want to experience the new 2021 Sportage for yourself, simply contact us or fill out our test drive form to book your appointment with this can’t-miss model. Whether you’re from right nearby in Mississauga, or stretched out a bit farther across our Greater Toronto Area, we happily welcome you here to 401 Dixie Kia for all of your Kia sales, finance, service and parts needs!

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