2021 Kia Sportage vs. 2021 Hyundai Tucson

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Safety

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Both the Sportage 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Kia Sportage is safer than the Hyundai Tucson:

Sportage

Tucson

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

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 Sportage’s reliability 12 points higher than the Tucson.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 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 first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Engine

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The Sportage has more powerful engines than the Tucson:

Horsepower

Torque

Sportage 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder

181 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Sportage SX Turbo 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

237 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Sportage SX Turbo 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Tucson 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder

161 HP

150 lbs.-ft.

Tucson 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder

181 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Kia Sportage 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Tucson:

Sportage

Tucson 2.0

Tucson 2.4

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.7 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

81.1 MPH

84.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Sportage FWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Tucson FWD with its standard engine (23 city/30 hwy vs. 23 city/28 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Sportage SX Turbo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Tucson:

Sportage SX Turbo

Tucson

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

The Sportage stops much shorter than the Tucson:

Sportage

Tucson

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Tucson Limited AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Tucson SE (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Sportage has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (6.8 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the Sportage to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Towing

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The Sportage’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Tucson’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Tucson doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Sportage’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Tucson’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Both the Sportage and the Tucson offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Sportage 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 Sportage owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Sportage with a number “8” insurance rate while the Tucson is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Tucson because it costs $46 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Sportage than the Tucson, including $127 less for a starter, $72 less for fuel injection and $5 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

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The Kia Sportage has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Sportage

Tucson

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

TRUE

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