Subaru Crosstrek vs. Kia Seltos
2023 Subaru Crosstrek
2023 Kia Seltos
At a Glance: Crosstrek vs. Seltos


28/33* | 27/31
Crosstrek vs Seltos


43.1 in. | 41.4 in.
Crosstrek vs Seltos


Standard | Standard
Crosstrek vs Seltos
Which is the Right SUV for You?
Select a category below to learn more about how the Subaru Crosstrek compares to the Kia Seltos.
Subaru Crosstrek

What kind of power are you looking for in your next vehicle? Whether you’re interested in efficiency or raw power, both the Subaru Crosstrek and the Kia Seltos have a lot to offer. We’re here to find out which one comes out on top.

A Powerful Drive

While both the Subaru and Kia have powerful specs, you’ll get a bit more oomph with one of them. With its standard 2.0L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder engine, the Subaru Crosstrek puts out 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque.

On the other hand, the Kia Seltos has a standard 2.0L inline 4-cylinder engine, though it only provides 146 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Both compact SUVs also have all-wheel drive, so you can feel confident on many types of terrain.

Efficiency Package

Of course, power is just one facet of these SUVs. You’ll also want a model that will make the most of your fuel. In the Subaru Crosstrek, you can expect excellent fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated 28 city/33 highway MPG.*

As for fuel economy, the Kia Seltos is slightly less efficient, with an EPA-estimated 27 city/31 highway MPG.

Subaru Crosstrek

The compact SUV you choose needs to be comfortable. Both the Crosstrek and the Seltos combine easy maneuverability with a roomy interior. This gives you the best of both worlds. However, one of them has more room to stretch out in.

Inside the Cabin

Luckily, both the Crosstrek and the Seltos are cozy. Which model will you be more comfortable in? How about your passengers? Let’s look closer to find out:

Subaru Crosstrek
Kia Seltos
Front Legroom 43.1 inches 41.4 inches
Front Shoulder Room 56.7 inches 55.5 inches
Rear Shoulder Room 55.6 inches 54.7 inches

With these dimensions, your second-row passengers will have a bit more room to spread out in the Crosstrek. This is especially helpful if you carpool with other adults.

Cabin Amenities

As for other amenities, the Subaru Crosstrek has an automatic climate control system standard on every trim.

While the Kia Seltos offers automatic climate control, it’s only available on higher trim levels. It comes with manual control air conditioning on the base trim.

Subaru Crosstrek

When you’re driving all over town, safety is always a priority. You want to make sure your mirrors are aligned, your seat belt is buckled, and your safety systems are equipped. With the Subaru Crosstrek and the Kia Seltos, you’ll find quite a few safety technologies.

Safety Systems

When it comes to safety, both the Subaru Crosstrek and the Kia Seltos excel. With Subaru's EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology in the Subaru Crosstrek, you have access to numerous driver-assistive features.

The EyeSight® system is an available or standard feature, depending on the trim you choose. It includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering to help put you at ease during your daily commute. Other EyeSight® safety features include:

  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Pre-Collision Braking System
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
Which SUV Is Safer?

The Kia Seltos has some similar features, such as Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist, thanks to Kia Drive Wise. Plus, Blind-Spot Detection is also available in both models so you can change lanes with more confidence.

Reverse Automatic Braking is one feature that’s only available in the Subaru Crosstrek. It will provide more peace of mind when you’re parking. You’ll receive an alert when you get too close to an obstacle. If you don’t stop in time, the brakes will engage to help prevent an impact.

The Crosstrek Conquers the Competition!
Subaru Crosstrek

If you’re ready to climb into a new compact SUV, we think the Subaru Crosstrek is the superior choice. It stands out with its capable and efficient performance as well as its readily available safety features.

When you’re ready to hit the streets of Mesquite, Rockwall, or Garland, visit us at Norm Reeves Subaru Superstore Rockwall to schedule a test drive.

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Subaru Crosstrek for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. For Crosstrek Hybrid, EPA-estimated MPG equivalent on a full battery charge. Actual mileage will vary.

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