2018 Kia Sorento Vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Kia sorento split screen with 2018 toyota rav4

If you want outgoing capability, interior space and plenty of safety-focused engineering, crossovers deliver. With modern crossovers, you get the handling of a car with the power, safety and utility-focused engineering of an SUV. Because of this, they’ve become very popular and drivers have flocked to their rounded off, tall profiles. While compact crossovers have become the most popular vehicles in this class, looking to a mid-size crossover gives you several advantages – namely space, size and capability.

Today, we’re matching up two unlikely competitors. The compact crossover Toyota RAV4 is a veteran of the class. Drivers have chosen it as a budget-friendly model with high reliability ratings in the class. The 2018 Kia Sorento is a third-row crossover that makes a compelling case to be chosen over the 2018 Toyota RAV4. Let’s see why!

2018 Kia Sorento


2018 Toyota RAV4

7 passengers Maximum seating 5 passengers
3 Engine options 1
290 horsepower (3.3L V6) Maximum horsepower 176 horsepower (2.5L 4-cylinder)
5,000 lbs. (V6 models) Maximum towing capacity 3,500 lbs. (Adventure trim)
109.4 inches Wheelbase (longer = smoother ride) 104.7 inches
44.1 inches / 39.4 inches Legroom (first row / second row) 42.6 inches / 37.2 inches
Yes Apple CarPlay / Android Auto compatible? No
17” alloy Standard wheels 17” steel and hubcaps
40-20-40 folding Standard second-row seats 60-40 folding
5 stars NHTSA overall crash rating 4 stars
5 years / 60,000 miles Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty 3 years / 36,000 miles
10 years / 100,000 miles Engine warranty 5 years / 60,000 miles
$18,220 – Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing* Starts at $24,660

Add More Space and Features for Less Money with the Kia Sorento!

As you can see, the 2018 Kia Sorento gives you so much more for less! Not only will you get a vehicle that offers more interior space for both passengers and cargo, but you’ll enjoy a more refined ride and smoother handling courtesy of the Sorento’s longer wheelbase and multi-link suspension.

As far as technology goes, the 2018 Kia Sorento offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has foregone this option, preferring instead to rely on proprietary and ham-fisted software you must install on your phone.

Safety and peace of mind go together and the 2018 Kia Sorento is massive on both. With the Sorento, you’ll enjoy a superior NHTSA crash test rating and a much longer warranty for both the engine and other components.

Warranty | Model

2018 Kia Sorento

Toyota RAV4


5 years / 60,000 miles 3 years / 36,000 miles


10 years / 100,000 miles 5 years / 60,000 miles


5 years / 60,000 miles 5 years / unspecified

Roadside assistance

5 years / 60,000 miles 2 years / 25,000 miles

Finally, at Friendly Kia, you’ll save literal thousands of dollars by choosing the bigger and better crossover. The 2018 Kia Sorento gives you better-looking wheels, more seats, more engine options, better infotainment technology, a longer warranty and higher crash test rating at a lower price. It’s insane.

By purchasing your 2018 Kia Sorento from Friendly Kia in New Port Richey, you’re not just getting Tampa Bay’s lowest prices, you’re also getting to choose your Sorento from Tampa Bay’s largest new Kia inventory.

Since a car is a big purchase, and you want to make sure you’re purchasing or leasing form a reputable business, you’ll love to know that Friendly Kia also enjoys some of the highest ratings in the state from reputable sites like Dealer Rater, Yelp and the Better Business Bureau.

This year, we were inducted into the 2018 Kia Presidents Club, allowing us to join only 29 other Kia dealerships across the United States in recognition for customer satisfaction.

Don’t take our word for this, however. Stop by and see for yourself why being Friendly makes all the difference.

*Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing is as of the date of page publication and not the date of access. All pricing is at the final discretion of Friendly Kia and subject to change without notice. For current pricing, either visit our inventory page or contact us today!