Comparison between the 2024 Kia Seltos and the 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross
In an era where full-size SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade or Lexus LX dominate the scene, it’s the subcompact models that are driving the big sales numbers for automakers. It gives buyers the slightly higher seating position they crave as well as the reasonable price they need.
Two of the best iterations in the segment for 2024 are the Kia Seltos and Toyota Corolla Cross. The Seltos is a class leader in terms of interior space, while one would be hard-pressed to find someone who has never heard the name ‘Corolla’ before. In this case, it’s the crossover-based version of Toyota’s best-selling compact car.
Each offers unique value, so let’s take a look.
Kia Seltos 2024
The Kia Seltos has repeatedly won our Best Buy award in the subcompact SUV category. The small ute has already earned accolades for its plethora of standard comfort and safety technologies, class-leading interior space, impressive performance, and best-in-class warranty. With a moderate exterior refresh and a complete interior redesign for 2024, the Seltos offers great bang for the buck. Pricing starts at $24,390. View listings near you.
Kia Seltos features
Optional turbo engine: With 146 horsepower, the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine found in the Seltos LX, S, and EX is adequate for daily commuting. However, if you want a little more under your right foot, Kia offers a 195-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged engine for the X-Line and SX models.
Flexibility is king: “Affordable” means different things to different buyers. With five different trim levels, Kia makes sure buyers can be sure that the car they get – inspired by a famous story – is just right. Pricing starts at less than $25,000 for a well-equipped model, but Kia makes sure you can add plenty of goodies while still meeting your budget.
Owner protection: It’s hard to argue against superior warranty coverage. The Seltos has a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Both exceed Toyota’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
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Toyota Corolla Cross 2024
Toyota is often the world’s best-selling automaker for a reason: It makes high-quality products and capitalizes on that reputation — and vehicle names — whenever possible. The number of Corolla variants continues to grow every year. The Corolla Cross is now in its second year and remains a popular choice in its segment as it borrows exterior design not only from the Corolla but from the RAV4 as well.
Most importantly, it does so while keeping prices under $25,000, which is crucial to success in this segment. Prices start at $23,610. View listings near you.
Toyota Corolla Cross features
get colder: Yes, excellent fuel economy is important in this group, but any time you can up the cool factor, it’s a competitive advantage. In this case, the automaker is expanding its list of offerings in the family with the Nightshade Edition. With 18-inch gloss black sport wheels, a black and red cloth interior with red stitching, and black trim headlights and taillights, if you were to call any Corolla crossover cool, this is it.
Become safer: All 2024 Corolla Cross models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, Toyota’s suite of active safety systems. The new system includes improvements made possible by the system’s sensors with improved detection capability. Improved lane recognition provides improved performance of the Lane Departure Warning system with Steering Assist and Lane Tracking Assistant.
Become greener: Toyota offers a hybrid version of the Corolla Cross, albeit at a higher price. The hybrid model offers plenty of power, so if you want to get to places first, you can do so and save fuel.
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It’s a tough call to choose one or the other. They offer so many common elements that choosing one over the other is a flip of a coin.
There’s no bad choice here, but the winner – and still the champion – is the Seltos.
It’s bigger on the inside, and when every cubic inch is considered, the Seltos is still the king of the class. However, the second underrated feature is the exterior design, which is a big differentiator for the Seltos.
|Kia Seltos 2024
|Toyota Corolla Cross 2024
|2.0 liter 4 cylinder
|2.0 liter 4 cylinder
|146 hp at 6200 rpm
|169 hp at 6600 rpm
|132 lb-ft at 4500 rpm
|151 lb-ft at 4400-4800 rpm
|29 mpg city/35 mpg highway/31 mpg combined
|31 mpg city/33 mpg highway/32 mpg combined
|1.6 liter turbo 4 cylinder; 7-speed automatic; SUV
|5 years/60,000 miles
|3 years/36,000 miles
|10 years/100,000 miles
|5 years/60,000 miles
|NHTSA Public Safety
|Maximum seating capacity
|Shoulder room, front
|Shoulder room, rear