2021 Kia Seltos vs 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Kia Seltos vs 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Kia has risen up in recent years so to challenge most of the other established SUV makers that got there before them. Subaru has long been known as one of the most adored, niche-filling SUV builders, but does the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek get upstaged by a newcomer from Kia? The 2021 Kia Seltos is a strong entry right out of the gate, but the only way to compare them fairly is side-by-side.

The 2021 model year is the first-ever Kia Seltos. The Crosstrek has been on the roads for almost ten years, so it should hold its own. If you find yourself facing down these two subcompact crossovers as frontrunners in the race to become your next vehicle, neither one is a bad choice, but you should do your research to make sure you get what’s best for you. The chart below compares the two against each other according to some of their most important specifications and features.

2021 Kia Seltos


2021 Subaru Crosstrek

29 City/34 Highway/31 Combined MPG Fuel Economy 27 City/34 highway/30 Combined MPG
26.6 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 20.8 cubic feet
40 Inches Front Head Room 39.8 Inches
5 Year/10 Year Basic/Drivetrain Warranty 3 Year/5 Year

Model Comparison Analysis

Anyone just searching for a reliable fun crossover as their main vehicle or a backup for groceries and trips will be pleased with the Seltos. The Crosstrek is no slouch, but it is perhaps a little to specialized for most people’s taste. The Seltos also looks newer and is more equipped with comfort and entertainment technology at nearly every trim level, with safety features that answer every claim the Crosstrek makes. Some may still prefer the Subaru offering for their own reasons, but the Seltos has broad appeal and a head start in this race.

Other Features Available on the 2021 Kia Seltos

  • Heated Front Seats on AWD Models
  • Roof Rack Rails
  • LED Daytime Running Lights and LED Taillights
  • Automatic Emergency Braking Technology
  • 10.25-Inch Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • And More!