2021 Kia Seltos vs 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Orange 2021 Kia Seltos and brown 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Built for adventure, the 2021 Kia Seltos is catching eyes and hearts around New Port Richey and Tampa Bay. In its first year on the market, the Seltos has grabbed numerous awards, including being named on the 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates list by Autotrader. Shoppers around the Tampa Bay area that are looking to get behind the wheel of a rugged small SUV will find the Seltos checks all of the boxes.

In this 2021 Kia Seltos vs 2020 Subaru Crosstrek comparison we are looking at what these two vehicles have in common and what sets them apart. Both are built for rugged terrain and seeking adventure, but why do we think you should choose the Kia Seltos? Keep reading to find out.

2021 Kia Seltos


2020 Subaru Crosstrek

2.0-liter 4-Cylinder Engine Base Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Engine
Yes All-Wheel Drive Standard Yes
8.0-inch Touchscreen Display Infotainment Center STARLINK® 6.5-inch Multimedia Display
26.6 cubic feet Cargo Space 20.8 cubic feet
8 monotone colors | 4 two-tone colors Exterior Color Options 9 monotone colors
$21,990 Starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price $22,145
10 years/100,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles

2021 Kia Seltos Wins Over the Compact SUV Segment

To put it simply, the 2021 Kia Seltos delivers more than the competition for a smaller starting price, even at its base level. The 2021 Seltos is offered in LX, S, EX, S Turbo, and SX Turbo variations, with a starting price of $21,990 for its base LX model and $27,890 for the top-tier SX Turbo trim. The competing 2020 Subaru Crosstrek offers shoppers just four model options to choose from, with a higher starting manufacturer suggested price of $22,145 for its base model and $35,145 for its top model.

Beneath the hood of the 2021 Kia Seltos LX, S, and EX is a thrill-seeking 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired to an Intelligent Variable Transmission. Seltos S Turbo and SX Turbo models receive a power upgrade to the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder Turbo engine. The Seltos S Turbo shares the same Intelligent Variable Transmission as its LX, S, and EX siblings, while the SX Turbo is fitted with a 7-speed Quick-Shift DCT automatic. The competing 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is equipped with a standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired to a 6-speed manual transmission or an available Continuously Variable Transmission.

The infotainment center in the 2021 Kia Seltos knocks the Crosstrek out of the park. A standard 8.0-inch touchscreen display comes fitted in the 2021 Seltos, equipped with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Seltos SX Turbo models feature a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen display with navigation along with a Bose® Premium Audio system. The competing Subaru Crosstrek offers a standard 6.5-inch multimedia display or an 8.0-inch touchscreen in higher trim levels.

To get started on your journey towards your 2021 Kia Seltos, contact a member of our team today to learn about our current lineup of Seltos models in Tampa Bay FL.