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The Tucson has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The QX30 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
To help make backing safer, the Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The QX30 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The Tucson’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The QX30 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Compared to metal, the Tucson’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX30 has a metal gas tank.
Both the Tucson and the QX30 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, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX30 has not been tested, yet.
The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The QX30’s 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Infiniti covers the QX30. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the QX30 ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.
Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tucson for 3 years and 30,000 miles. Hyundai will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX30.
There are over 4 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The QX30 isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 7 places higher in reliability than Infiniti.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Tucson uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX30 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Tucson has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tucson has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 14.8 gallons).
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Tucson higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Infiniti QX30 (3). This means the Tucson produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the QX30 every 15,000 miles.
For better traction, the Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX30 (245/45R19 vs. 235/50R18).
The Tucson has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the QX30; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the QX30.
The Tucson’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58% to 42%) than the QX30’s (59.7% to 40.3%). This gives the Tucson more stable handling and braking.
For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the QX30 AWD’s (34.9 feet vs. 36.6 feet). The Tucson’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the QX30’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.3 feet).
The Tucson has 13.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (102.2 vs. 88.8).
The Tucson has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 3.5 inches more front hip room, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear legroom, 5.5 inches more rear hip room and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tucson’s rear seats recline. The QX30’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the QX30 with its rear seat up (31 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 34 cubic feet).
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Tucson’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The QX30 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.
The Tucson has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.
The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The QX30 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The power windows standard on both the Tucson and the QX30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Tucson is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX30 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
The Tucson’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The QX30’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Tucson has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the QX30 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Tucson has standard extendable sun visors. The QX30 doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Both the Tucson and the QX30 offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the QX30.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The QX30 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Tucson Limited/Ultimate’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The QX30 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $1715 to $4830 less than the QX30 over a five-year period.
The Tucson will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tucson will retain 44.13% to 45.94% of its original price after five years, while the QX30 only retains 36.01% to 36.87%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the QX30 because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the QX30, including $419 less for a water pump, $112 less for a muffler, $12 less for front brake pads, $87 less for a starter, $70 less for fuel injection, $143 less for a fuel pump, $109 less for front struts, $502 less for a timing belt/chain and $973 less for a power steering pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $10791 to $14650 less than for the Infiniti QX30.
The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Infiniti QX30 by almost 43 to one during 2019.
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