The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is one of the most efficient SUVs on the market. In general, the RAV4 has been battle tested and proven to be a great affordable SUV that is not only reliable but light on the gas as well. However, with the Koreans catching up with Hyundai and Kia SUVs rolling off the assembly line, it’s only a matter of time before the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid meets its match.
It turns out, the Germans have found that match. According to a recent article by German auto house, Auto Bild, the Kia Sportage hybrid is more driver oriented while the RAV4 Hybrid is more centered around the road and how it drives. The RAV4 is a little taller than the Sportage but once you hop into the driver’s seat, you can tell that the cabin was an afterthought with the Kia boasting more modern designs and a mini-screen housing display.
The RAV4 does have a bigger engine compared to the turbo-powered Kia but it also responds to the hybrid system a little better, almost like the 3rd generation Prius. Engineering wise, it is said by experts that hybrid cars with a turbocharged engine typically only have the hybrid system for better torque and not for efficiency. We can see this on the brand new 2023 Toyota Tundra. The Tundra has a twin turbo v6 hybrid set up which doesn’t get a lot of MPGs but it has excellent torque.
Frankly, the Sportage is a great car if you want a more modern car that you’ll want to take care of. But if you want a great minimalist hybrid SUV that has proven reliability then I would recommend the RAV4 Hybrid. Both are great cars but honestly it comes down to driver preference.
What do you think? Which of the two do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below.
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