2018 Hyundai Tucson vs Kia Sportage

There are many reasons drivers near Downey, Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim might choose a compact crossover SUV for their next ride. With the ability to ride high and cart around all the cargo you need, cars like the 2018 Hyundai Tucson and 2018 Kia Sportage have become increasingly popular.

Our team at Norm Reeves Hyundai Superstore Cerritos put together this Hyundai Tucson vs. Kia Sportage vehicle comparison to give shoppers like you a close look at how these rides match up against each other. Enjoy our article and contact us if you’d like to learn more!

Hyundai Tucson vs Kia Sportage: Performance Specs

The four-cylinder engines under the hoods of the base 2018 Tucson and 2018 Sportage perform similarly well in terms of acceleration and fuel economy, and both will handle your day-to-day driving competently, with strong efficiency (each gets an EPA-estimated 23 city and 30 highway MPG).

But, only the Tucson retains its strong fuel economy at higher trim levels. The front-wheel drive versions of every Tucson trim get at least an EPA-estimated 23 city and 30 highway MPG, and the Value and Limited trims get 25 city MPG. Fuel economy in the Sportage, however, shrinks to just 21 city and 26 highway MPG in the highest trim.

Interior Dimensions

In many respects, shoppers will find that the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage look identical in terms of interior spaciousness. Both vehicles offer 41.5 inches of front legroom and 38.2 inches of rear legroom, giving riders throughout the cabin plenty of room to stretch out on those long rides.

In terms of hip room, however, you’ll find more space to work with in the Tucson. In the front row seats, you’ll find 55.6 inches of hip room in the Tucson compared to 54.3 in the Sportage. In the rear, there are 54.5 inches of hip room in the Tucson and just 51.2 inches in the Sportage.

Safety Features & Ratings

If safety is the name of the game, the 2018 Tucson and 2018 Sportage come to play. Each has earned the IIHS 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK designation, as well as a NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating. These crossover SUVs come standard with rearview cameras, and have available driver-assist features like Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Monitoring.

However, the Tucson holds a few key safety advantages. It got a full five stars on the NHTSA’s frontal crash test, while the Sportage only achieved four stars. Because the frontal crash test simulates a head-on collision and evaluates a vehicle’s ability to withstand one, the Tucson has a slight advantage in terms of predicted crashworthiness.

Hyundai Tucson vs Kia Sportage: The Verdict

We hope you liked our vehicle comparison! In a Hyundai Tucson vs. Kia Sportage head-to-head, both cars have qualities that help them stand out from the pack. But, if you value fuel economy, top safety ratings, and wide seats, the Tucson may just be the compact crossover SUV you’re looking for.

Drive it for yourself to find out! You can schedule a test drive at Norm Reeves Superstore Hyundai, your dealer serving Downey, Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim. We’ll be on standby to assist however we can!