2017 Kia Sportage vs. 2017 Hyundai Tucson

The small SUV class isn't just popular, they're taking over the automotive industry. You can't get on the highway during rush hour without seeing several in a few minutes' time. Why is this, you might ask? Part of the reason is these crossovers get great fuel economy and still have the power of an SUV. Another reason is they have become among the most stylish vehicles on the road today. Long gone are the days where the small SUV looked like the kind of thing you'd take into the jungle at Jurassic Park; now we're entering the future, with aerodynamics that are improving annually. For proof, look no further than the 2017 Kia Sportage vs. 2017 Hyundai Tucson.

The 2017 Tucson gets the same fuel economy in its base trim level as the 2017 Sportage, a solid 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and both have nice cargo room in back, but the 2017 Sportage really takes the lead when you consider it will cost you little more than $18,000 at Friendly Kia with our VIP Price for the base LX trim level, and the 2017 Tucson is about $3,000 more to start. To add to this value the 2017 Sportage brings, you also have significantly more power and towing ability with the Sportage.

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2017 Kia Sportage Vs. 2017 Hyundai Tucson
$18,015 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $21,051 (The Competition)
23, 30 MPG (city, highway) 23, 30
181 to 240 Horsepower 164 to 175
2,000 Towing Capacity (pounds) 1,000
Yes Kelley Blue Book KBB.com "Best Buy" - Small SUV Class? No
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick? Yes

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For starters, the 2017 Kia Sportage has 181 horsepower in its base trim level, which ramps up to 240 HP in its top trim, more than enough for evasive maneuvers in tight spaces or easy lane changes. However, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson has a paltry 164 in its base trim and only manages 175 in its top-line trim. That will make climbing up hilly roads or getting onto the highway more difficult.

We won't leave you without mentioning the awards the 2017 Sportage, an all-new redesign from the 2016 model year, has been stockpiling. The 2017 Sportage was named Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com "Best Buy" for the small SUV class, and also was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Not only do you get value and quality with the 2017 Sportage, you have among the most impact-resistant and durable designs in its class. The 2017 Tucson scored an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but not the same praise from Kelley Blue Book that the 2017 Sportage did.

Ready for a 2017 Kia Sportage yet? If so, we have it on the lot at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Brooksville, Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.

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