2020 Kia Niro vs. 2020 Hyundai Tucson

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Safety

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Both the Niro 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert 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 front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Niro its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Tucson is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Niro’s reliability 11 points higher than the Tucson.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked third.

Engine

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The Niro’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 150) than the Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Niro’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Kia Niro is faster than the Tucson 2.0 4-cylinder:

Niro

Tucson

Zero to 30 MPH

3.6 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.9 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.6 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.6 sec

18.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Niro gets better fuel mileage than the Tucson:

MPG

Niro

FWD

LX 1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

52 city/49 hwy

LXS/EX 1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

51 city/46 hwy

Touring 1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

46 city/40 hwy

Tucson

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/25 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Niro’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Tucson doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Niro’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tucson doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Kia Niro higher (7 out of 10) than the Hyundai Tucson (5 to 7). This means the Niro produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Tucson every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Niro offers a standard 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 Tucson doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Niro stops shorter than the Tucson:

Niro

Tucson

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Niro’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Tucson (106.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The Niro Touring Special Edition handles at .82 G’s, while the Tucson Limited AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Niro Touring Special Edition executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Tucson SE (27.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Kia Niro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 450 pounds less than the Hyundai Tucson.

The Niro is 4.9 inches shorter than the Tucson, making the Niro easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Kia Niro amounts to more than styling. The Niro has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Tucson (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Niro get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The Niro has .5 inches more front headroom and .2 inches more front legroom than the Tucson.

The front step up height for the Niro is 3.5 inches lower than the Tucson (15.5” vs. 19”). The Niro’s rear step up height is 3.8 inches lower than the Tucson’s (16.2” vs. 20”).

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Niro (except FE/LX/S Touring), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Tucson doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Niro Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tucson doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Niro’s standard front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tucson’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Niro’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Tucson’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Poor.”

When the Niro with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Tucson’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Niro has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate.

The Niro (except FE/LX/S Touring) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Tucson doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia Niro will be $1736 to $2284 less than for the Hyundai Tucson.

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