Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Kia Sportage VS 2017 Hyundai Tucson Near Duluth, GA

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2017 Kia Sportage

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2017 Kia Sportage

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2017 Hyundai Tucson

Safety Comparison

The Sportage offers optional Front and Rear Parking Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Tucson doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Sportage and the Tucson have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Kia Sportage is safer than the Hyundai Tucson:

 

Sportage

Tucson

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first among small SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Tucson was rated second.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked third.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 17th in reliability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The Sportage LX/EX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 17 more horsepower (181 vs. 164) and 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Sportage LX/EX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (181 vs. 175) than the Tucson Eco/Sport/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. The Sportage SX’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 65 more horsepower (240 vs. 175) and 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 195) than the Tucson Eco/Sport/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Sportage LX/EX is faster than the Hyundai Tucson:

 

Sportage

Tucson SE

Tucson 1.6T

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.7 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17.2 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

81.1 MPH

84.5 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sportage SX’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Tucson:

 

Sportage SX

Tucson

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

The Sportage stops much shorter than the Tucson:

 

Sportage

Tucson

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sportage SX AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Tucson Limited AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sportage SX AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Tucson SE (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Sportage has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (6.8 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the Sportage to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Ergonomics Comparison

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Tucson doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Sportage (except LX) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tucson doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Sportage’s optional (except LX) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Tucson doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Sportage and the Tucson offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Sportage has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Tucson SE doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Tucson because it costs $45 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Sportage than the Tucson, including $27 less for a water pump and $131 less for a starter.

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