2020 Lexus NX Series vs. 2020 Hyundai Tucson

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Safety

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The NX Series’ optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Tucson doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The NX Series offers an optional Intuitive Parking Assist with Automatic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Tucson doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the NX Series and the Tucson 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, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors 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 flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Lexus NX Series is safer than the Hyundai Tucson:

NX Series

Tucson

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.8 inches

Hip Force

352 lbs.

356 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

49 G’s

55 G’s

Hip Force

303 lbs.

482 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

828 lbs.

1028 lbs.

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

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, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the NX Series its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Tucson is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2020.

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 NX Series’ reliability 45 points higher than the Tucson.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 6th.

Engine

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The NX 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 33 more horsepower (194 vs. 161) and 49 lbs.-ft. more torque (199 vs. 150) than the Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The NX 300h’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 13 more horsepower (194 vs. 181) and 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (199 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder. The NX 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 54 more horsepower (235 vs. 181) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lexus NX Series is faster than the Hyundai Tucson:

NX 300h

NX 300

Tucson SE/Value

Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

7.5 sec

11 sec

9.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.6 sec

5 sec

6.9 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

15.9 sec

18.3 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.6 MPH

91.6 MPH

80.2 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the NX 300h gets better fuel mileage than the Tucson SE/Value AWD (33 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the NX Series 4WD gets better fuel mileage than the Tucson 4WD:

NX Series

Tucson

4WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/28 hwy

22 city/25 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/27 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the NX Series 300h’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 NX Series 300h’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.

Transmission

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The NX 300h has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Tucson doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the NX Series’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Tucson:

NX Series

Tucson

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12 inches

The NX Series stops much shorter than the Tucson:

NX Series

Tucson

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The NX Series offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Tucson’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The NX 300 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Tucson SE (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the NX 300h has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (6.7 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the NX Series to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The NX 300’s minimum ground clearance is .5 inch higher than on the Tucson (6.9 vs. 6.4 inches).

Passenger Space

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The NX Series has 1.3 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more front shoulder room than the Tucson.

The front step up height for the NX Series is .9 inches lower than the Tucson (18.1” vs. 19”). The NX Series’ rear step up height is 2 inches lower than the Tucson’s (18” vs. 20”).

Cargo Capacity

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The NX Series’ cargo area is larger than the Tucson’s in almost every dimension:

NX Series

Tucson

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

36”/71.5”

34.3”/69.5”

Max Width

53”

53”

Min Width

44.3”

40.7”

Height

27”

35.2”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the NX Series’ optional rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Tucson doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the NX Series. The Tucson doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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The NX Series uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Tucson uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Hyundai. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 63% lower rating, Hyundai is ranked 22nd.

Ergonomics

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When three different drivers share the NX Series, the optional memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings. The Tucson doesn’t offer a memory system.

The NX Series’ optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 NX Series’ instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Tucson does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

If the windows are left open on the NX Series the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Lexus service department.) The driver of the Tucson can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The NX Series’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate.

When the NX Series 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 NX Series’ standard rear view mirror and optional side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Tucson offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The NX Series 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.

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the NX Series owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the NX Series with a number “5” insurance rate while the Tucson is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The NX Series will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the NX Series will retain 50.95% to 51.77% of its original price after five years, while the Tucson only retains 44.13% to 45.94%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the NX Series is less expensive to operate than the Tucson because typical repairs cost less on the NX Series than the Tucson, including $18 less for front brake pads.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lexus NX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Hyundai Tucson isn't recommended.

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