Should I buy or lease a 2013 Kia Sportage or a 2012 Toyota Prius v?

What is the better of these two cars to purchase or lease: 2013 Kia Sportage SX fully loaded or 2012 Toyota Prius v package 5 with the Advanced Technology Package?

Mack R., Laguna Niguel, Calif.

These are far different vehicles that beg the question: Would you rather have a crossover SUV or a hybrid wagon loaded with advanced technology?


The Prius v gets much higher gas mileage with EPA ratings of 44/40 mpg city/highway. If you do mainly urban driving with a lot of stop and go, you’re more likely to come close to the Prius’ 44 mpg rating than the Sportage’s 21 mpg city rating with front-wheel drive — it’s rated at 28 mpg on the highway. Sportage SX trim levels come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and all-wheel-drive Sportages are rated at 20/25 mpg.


A loaded front-drive Sportage SX comes in at $30,700 with the $2,000 Premium Package, $1,000 navigation system and $800 destination charge. A 2012 Prius v Five with the $5,580 Advanced Technology Package and $795 for destination is $36,515. That $5,615 premium includes adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision warning system with braking and a self-parking system — features that aren’t available on the Sportage.

The interiors are roughly the same size, but the Prius’ rear seat slides seven inches fore and aft for more seating flexibility, plus it has maximum cargo volume of 67.3 cubic feet compared with the Sportage’s 54.6 cubic feet.

If high-tech features, a hybrid powertrain and high gas mileage are important to you, then you should buy the Prius. It will probably take five or more years to recover the higher purchase price through gas savings (sooner if pump prices go up). If you just want the utility of a small crossover and like what the Sportage has to offer, then you should go that way.

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Answered by Rick Popely on November 28, 2012 in Kia , Toyota , Toyota Prius , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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