KIA Seltos & Toyota RAV4 Differences

If you are shopping for a new five-seater SUV for sale, you've probably narrowed it down to the KIA Seltos vs. Toyota RAV4. To help you narrow it down even further to the new KIA Seltos for sale, let's compare trim model options, performance specs, powertrain options, fuel economy, and pricing in a KIA Seltos vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison. After you read our Seltos vs. RAV4 review, you'll want to schedule your test drive at our Kia dealership.

Toyota RAV4 vs. KIA Seltos Trim Models

The new Kia Seltos SUV arrives in a curated menu of trim models to help drivers find the precise vehicle that gives them the features they care about. The lineup begins with the Kia Seltos LX, which has a 2.0L four-cylinder engine under the hood that delivers 147 horsepower and pairs with an intelligent variable transmission.

Drivers who upgrade to the new Kia Seltos SX Turbo gain the performance of a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 195 pound-feet of torque and mates to a seven-speed quick shift DCT transmission. The full Kia Seltos lineup is as follows:

  • Kia Seltos LX
  • Kia Seltos S
  • Kia Seltos Nightfall
  • Kia Seltos EX
  • Kia Seltos SX Turbo

The Kia Seltos also gives drivers the all-weather handling performance of AWD. When you compare Kia Seltos and Toyota RAV4 performance capabilities, it's important to mention that the Toyota RAV4 lineup is entirely FWD and only offers a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The RAV4 does not offer a turbocharged option. If you're a driver who likes to spool up the turbos and feel that jolt of boost, then the new Kia Seltos SUV is the vehicle for you.

Unfortunately for Toyota owners, the new Toyota RAV4 offers a limited range of trim models. RAV4 drivers are forced to choose between the following:

  • Toyota RAV4 LE
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  • Toyota RAV4 XLE

When you want a variety of trim model options and a choice of a turbocharged engine, between the Kia Seltos vs. Toyota RAV4, only one vehicle delivers both, and it's the new Kia Seltos.

If you are considering the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid because you're after something with an electric motor, then you'll be asking, "When is the Kia EV6 release date?" Get in touch with our sales team for up-to-date information on the release date of the new all-electric Kia SUV and how you can reserve yours.

KIA Seltos vs. Toyota RAV4 Starting Price

Let's get down to brass tacks and talk dollars and cents. The Kia Seltos costs less than the Toyota RAV4. Drivers can get into a base model Kia Seltos for a $22,490 starting MSRP.1 Drivers who choose the Toyota RAV4 are facing a $26,250 starting MSRP, which means they're paying roughly $3,700 more, but don't get AWD, the choice of a turbocharged engine, or a wide range of trim models.

If you're looking for a crossover SUV to give you value for your money, the choice between the Kia Seltos vs. Toyota RAV4 is clear once again: The Seltos wins.

KIA Seltos Toyota RAV4
Models LX, S, Nightfall, EX, SX Turbo LE, LE Hybrid, XLE
Horsepower 146 203
Drive Type AWD FWD
Seating 5 5
Body Style SUV SUV
EPA-Estimated Range 409 580
Base MSRP $22,490 $26,250

KIA Seltos Finance and Lease Deals

After you pick out the new Kia Seltos Nightfall Edition with its torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, matte-black 18-inch wheels, and black roof rails, you'll want to be approved for lease deals and finance offers with low APR.

The first step you can take toward securing a lease with low payments is to submit a credit application with our finance department. You can do that through our website or over the phone. The application is quick and free.

Once our finance associates know more about your credit history and unique credit score, they'll be able to tell you about the current lease offers you qualify for. If you have a specific down payment figure in mind, let us know, and we can prepare custom lease deals for you. Our team is here to work with you and can lower your monthly payments when you put down more at signing.

Now that you have read our Kia Seltos vs. Toyota RAV4 review and comparison, you might also be interested to know how the Kia K5 vs. Hyundai Sonata compare. Whatever your new automotive needs are, our Kia dealership is here to help you find a new car for sale that excites your drive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the KIA Seltos bigger than the Toyota RAV4?

When comparing front seat headroom for you and your co-pilot, the new Kia Seltos gives you an extra half-inch more headroom than the Toyota RAV4. Rear seat passengers will also be more comfortable in the Seltos because the Kia SUV for sale gives you 54.7 inches of room, while the RAV4 falls short with only 47.7 inches of room.

Which is better: Toyota RAV4 or KIA Seltos?

If you're trying to decide between the Kia Seltos vs. Toyota RAV4, it's easy to see how the Kia Seltos quickly sets itself apart in three ways. First, the Kia Seltos costs less than the Toyota RAV4. Second, the Kia offers an AWD powertrain for improved handling. And third, the Kia gives you a trim model lineup that offers an available turbocharged engine.

Does the KIA Seltos have heated seats?

Yes, the Kia Seltos S has available heated seats to help keep you warm and toasty on chilly mornings and during winter ski vacations. The Kia Seltos S also gives drivers the convenience of roof rails, the style of an upgraded grille with an integrated LED light bar, and the choice of an available all-wheel-drive system for improved handling in rain and snow.

Lease Your Seltos SUV at Jim Ellis KIA of Kennesaw

Now that you know more about how the Kia Seltos vs. Toyota RAV4 compare and where the Kia Seltos outperforms the Toyota RAV4, you'll want to hop in the driver's seat and experience these features and performance capabilities yourself. We invite you to visit our nearby Kia dealership and discover all that this new Kia SUV for sale can do firsthand.


1"Starting MSRP" price is manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for lowest model trim. See "Build and Price" section for MSRP of model shown. MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, taxes, title, license fees, options, and dealer charges. Vehicles shown with optional equipment. Actual price set by dealer and may vary. The applicable destination and handling charge per model are provided in the “Build and Price” section. See dealer for details. Some features only available as part of packages. See "Features & Specifications" and "Options" pages for details. Kia Motors reserves the right to make changes at any time as to vehicle availability, destination, and handling fees, colors, materials, specifications, features, accessories, packages, and models. Not responsible for typographical or computer errors.

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