In comparing the Subaru Crosstrek's and the Kia Seltos's specifications and ratings, the Subaru Crosstrek has the advantage in the areas of resale value, interior volume and base engine power. The Kia Seltos has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. The Subaru Crosstrek and Kia Seltos have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Subaru Crosstrek's and the Kia Seltos's specifications and ratings, the Subaru Crosstrek is a better car than the Kia Seltos.
Subaru Crosstrek vs. Kia Seltos Pricing
A used 2024 Subaru Crosstrek ranges from $27,200 to $35,495 while a used 2024 Kia Seltos is priced between $25,889 to $33,015. For a new model, the Subaru Crosstrek's price is between $27,386 and $35,912, with the Kia Seltos priced between $26,110 and $33,538.
Subaru Crosstrek vs. Kia Seltos Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Subaru Crosstrek loses 30.2 percent of its value and the Kia Seltos loses 42.1 percent of its value. This means the Subaru Crosstrek retains 11.9 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Kia Seltos.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Subaru Crosstrek’s base engine makes 152 horsepower, and the Kia Seltos base engine makes 146 horsepower. Both the Crosstrek and the Seltos are rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 564 and 409 miles respectively. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/subcompact SUVs, the Subaru Crosstrek has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, front leg room and rear shoulder room. The Kia Seltos has the advantage in the areas of front head room, rear head room, rear leg room, and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Subaru Crosstrek has higher safety ratings than the Kia Seltos, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4 out of 5 Stars.