2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2020 Kia Sportage

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Safety

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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 Sportage doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Sportage only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sportage doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Tucson and the Sportage 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems 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 Kia Sportage:

Tucson

Sportage

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 82 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sportage is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

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The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Sportage’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tucson for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Hyundai will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Sportage.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Tucson has a 150-amp alternator. The Sportage’s standard 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among compact SUVs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Sportage was rated second.

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 Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 3 places higher in reliability than Kia.

Environmental Friendliness

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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 Kia Sportage (3 to 7). This means the Tucson produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Sportage every 15,000 miles.

The EPA certifies the Hyundai Tucson as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Kia Sportage is only certified to “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV) standards.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tucson has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Sportage doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Sportage LX pulls only .81 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 Sportage LX (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has 3.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sportage (102.2 vs. 98.6).

The Tucson has .3 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sportage.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Sportage with its rear seat up (31 vs. 30.7 cubic feet). The Tucson has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Sportage with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 60.1 cubic feet).

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

Tucson

Sportage

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

33.4”/68.2”

Max Width

53”

52.3”

Min Width

40.7”

41”

Height

35.2”

29.5”

Ergonomics

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The Tucson’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sportage has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Tucson Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sportage’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Tucson’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Sportage’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Tucson Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Sportage doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Tucson and the Sportage 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 Sportage.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Sportage because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Sportage, including $19 less for a water pump, $47 less for a muffler, $5 less for front brake pads, $52 less for front struts, $227 less for a timing belt/chain and $846 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 $414 to $2967 less than for the Kia Sportage.

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Kia Sportage by 54% during 2019.

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