2018 Kia Sportage Vs. 2018 Hyundai Tucson

split screen with 2018 kia sportage and 2018 hyundai tucson

Small crossovers are the perfect vehicle for most people. We don’t say that lightly here at Friendly Kia, but think about what most drivers are looking for in their daily driving mode of transportation. Most drivers are looking for safety, comfort, convenience, interior space and enough power to be able to pass confidently, balanced by efficiency that doesn’t require semi-weekly trips to your favorite fuel station.

Two models which deliver this combination of virtues in a neatly-packaged design and comfortable interior are from domestic neighbors, Kia and Hyundai. Both the 2018 Kia Sportage and 2018 Hyundai Tucson are built, from the ground up, with the driver and passenger’s comfort and convenience as central foci. Both go above and beyond the expectations set by staid competition from Toyota and Honda and both provide more for less money. But, who is better? Let’s compare them!

2018 Kia Sportage


2018 Hyundai Tucson

181 horsepower (LX FWD) Base engine power (higher is better) 164 horsepower (SE FWD)
26 mpg (LX FWD) Base combined MPG (higher is better) 26 mpg (SE FWD)
240 horsepower (SX Turbo) Available engine power (higher is better) 175 horsepower (Limited)
All trim levels Available active safety features Only on upper trim levels
1,650 lbs. Maximum towing capacity 1,000 lbs.
Top Safety Pick IIHS safety designation Top Safety Pick
$19,420* (LX FWD) – Friendly Kia Low Tampa price (lower is better) $21,230* (SE FWD)

Kia Sportage Vs. Hyundai Tucson

Successfully challenging the Japanese and American brands, both the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson bring their own strengths to the table. Their nation of origin and subversive place in the market are not the only thing they share. Both vehicles are built on the same platform.

That’s about the end of their similarities, as Kia and Hyundai have different priorities for the two models. For Kia, the Sportage is built to give individuals, couples and families alike a dynamic and sporty vehicle they can enjoy driving eve3ry day! The Tucson seems more comfortable as a solid rental option with omitted features that could wind up being missed following a purchase.

Some of these features include active safety features. The 2018 Kia Sportage has blind spot detection, lane keep assist and other important, potentially-lifesaving features available from the base model up. Hyundai reserves the availability of these features for the Tucson’s upper trim levels.

The engine is another point of divergence, and a notable one. The 2018 Kia Sportage’s 181 horsepower allows for more confident passing and enjoyable acceleration. The available 237-horsepower turbocharged engine adds thrill to a practical and reliable Kia model. Hyundai’s highest-available horsepower, 175, is beaten by the Sportage’s base model.

The more robust engine won’t cost you for fuel, however, as both vehicles average an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon combined. Finally, you’ll be able to tow more in your Sportage, as it gives you a 165% increase in recommended max towing capacity over the Tucson.

With better features, you’d think the Sportage would be priced higher and it is! Luckily, Friendly Kia offers a ton of incentives and price reductions that bring the base model Sportage below the least expensive new Tucson in the area.

When you choose the Kia Sportage, you’re getting a sharper, more dynamic and more expensive crossover for less than at the nearest Hyundai dealership. For more information on the 2018 Kia Sportage, its advantages over class competitors like the 2018 Hyundai Tucson, 2018 Toyota RAV4 or 2018 Nissan Rogue, or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!

*Low price is as of date of publication and subject to change. Check our inventory pages for most up-to-date pricing