2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2020 Lexus NX Series

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Safety

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision Avoidance Assist optional in the Tucson as “Superior.” The NX Series scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Compared to metal, the Tucson’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Lexus NX Series has a metal gas tank.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Lexus NX Series:

Tucson

NX Series

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

209

Neck Injury Risk

21%

46%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

509 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

480/609 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

226

355

Neck Injury Risk

37%

42%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

295 lbs.

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

70 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

442/307 lbs.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Lexus NX Series:

Tucson

NX Series

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

94

192

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

148 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

241

317

Into Pole

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

HIC

312

542

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The NX Series has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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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 NX Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Lexus covers the NX Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the NX Series ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the NX Series’ (7 vs. 6 years).

There are almost 4 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tucson has a standard 600-amp battery. The NX Series’ 580-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The NX Series 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 Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Tucson SE/Value FWD gets better city fuel mileage than the NX 300 FWD (23 city/28 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Tucson uses regular unleaded gasoline. The NX 300 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Tucson has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the NX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Tucson offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The NX Series doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Tucson stops shorter than the NX Series:

Tucson

NX Series

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the NX Series (245/45R19 vs. 235/55R18).

The Tucson SE/Value’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the NX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The Tucson Sport’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the NX Series F Sport’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tucson Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. The NX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the NX Series.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the NX 300 pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the NX 300h AWD (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the NX Series’ (34.9 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 650 pounds less than the Lexus NX Series.

The Tucson is 6.5 inches shorter than the NX Series, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has 30.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NX Series (102.2 vs. 71.6).

The Tucson has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear hip room than the NX Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the NX Series with its rear seat up (31 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the NX Series with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 54.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Tucson easier. The Tucson’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.3 inches, while the NX Series’ liftover is 31.2 inches.

Towing

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The Tucson’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the NX Series’ (1500 vs. 0 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Tucson has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The NX Series doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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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 NX Series’ power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Both the Tucson and the NX Series 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 NX Series.

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 NX Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $540 to $1505 less than the NX Series over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the NX Series because it costs $463 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the NX Series, including $199 less for a water pump, $258 less for a muffler, $230 less for a starter, $282 less for fuel injection, $175 less for a fuel pump, $52 less for front struts, $1018 less for a timing belt/chain and $21 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 $4696 to $8896 less than for the Lexus NX Series.

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Lexus NX Series by over two to one during 2018.

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