Hyundai vs Kia

Hyundai and Kia have a lot in common. Both manufacturers are based in South Korea and, after Kia filed for bankruptcy in 2007, Hyundai took over a part of their corporation. As a result of this union, many Kia and Hyundai models share some of the same underlying components. In spite of this relationship, the two companies are two distinct companies with different strengths. So how are they different? Read our comparison guide to learn more about how to distinguish these two brands.

Hyundai vs Kia

Luxury vs. Youthful Style

When you line up these automakers’ offerings side by side, it’s easy to tell them apart. Hyundais tend to have curving, flowing exterior design, while Kias are simpler. Kias are sporty, but not quite as refined-looking. Hyundais also extend that refinement to the interior, with high-quality materials and upscale features that appeal to luxury-minded buyers. Best of all, they provide all of this value at an excellent price. Kias cabins aren’t quite as luxurious, but they, too, aim to please with solid comfort at an affordable rate.

Infotainment Technology

Hyundai’s Blue Link system makes you feel like it exists purely for your convenience. It makes life easier with emergency telematics options – for example, if something unexpected happens and your engine overheats, you can use its on-demand roadside assistance function to quickly call for a tow. Blue Link also keeps you connected with hands-free calling and music streaming options.

Kia’s Uvo infotainment is geared less toward convenience and more toward smartphone integration. Its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology displays apps like Maps and Messages on the central touchscreen. If you’re the type who finds your smartphone hard to resist, these features will help you get through your commute with maximum safety.

Reputation

As the older brand, Hyundai is more established than Kia. Hyundais have been sold in North America for a longer period of time, and customers have come to know them as the automaker that delivers classy comfort and long-term dependability. Although it was once plagued with a less-than-savory reputation, Kia has really re-emerged as a heavy hitter in the economy market. That said, Kias don’t really supply the same upscale comfort and high-quality performance that you get with a Hyundai.

Conclusion

When it comes down to it, we think that Hyundai is the automaker to beat. Although both nameplates provide high-quality comfort, Hyundais feel more luxurious. Hyundai’s reputation also precedes it, giving buyers dependable, upscale vehicles for years.

2017 Hyundai Tucson vs Kia Sportage

To get around town in style, with fuel economy and elbow room to spare, check out compact crossovers like the 2017 Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage. In addition to family-friendly features, these models are adventure-friendly, with all-wheel drive and towing capabilities. Read our comparison guide to learn which of these two models floats your boat.

2017 Hyundai Tucson vs Kia Sportage

Family-Friendly Comfort

Load up the whole family in the Tucson, and there’s still elbow room to spare. That’s the kind of space everyone appreciates on long road trips. This roomy crossover is also celebrated for its attractive cabin, which includes high-quality materials and a clean-cut dash design. Buttons and controls on the dash are logically arranged, making for a straightforward experience.

For this segment, the Sportage also offers outstanding passenger space and comfort. Both rows are 6-footer-friendly, with excellent thigh support to boot. The cabin will remind you of a mid-size crossover – it’s that spacious. However, we prefer the Tucson’s clean-cut dash layout and attractive cabin. The Sportage cabin is competitive, but doesn’t feel quite as upscale.

Safety

In government crash tests, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson impresses a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The Blue Link telematics system supplies everything you could want in an emergency, from roadside assistance to emergency crash notification. Add the Ultimate package, and driver aids like blind-spot monitoring will alert you to danger. The forward collision warning system can detect pedestrians and automatically apply the brakes to help you skirt danger.

The Kia Sportage also landed a perfect five-star rating in government crash tests. It, too, offers an emergency telematics system, making it easy to call for help with a stolen vehicle or unexpected breakdown. However, with the Sportage, you have to purchase the top-trim Sportage SX Turbo to get high-tech driver aids like blind-spot monitoring.

Tech & Convenience

No matter where you wander, the Sportage tech lineup keeps you connected. Starting with the mid-grade EX, the Sportage comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This smartphone technology lets you check texts, hands-free, or use your phone’s Map app in lieu of the navigation system.

As in the Sportage, the Tucson’s central touchscreen is quick to respond to your touch, so you won’t be left jabbing at it in anger. You’ll also appreciate little conveniences like the auto-dimming rearview mirror, which reduces glare after hours. You can also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for complete smartphone integration, but only on top-trim SE Plus and Limited models.

Power & Performance

In this competition, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson delivers the thriftiest performance, earning up to 26 city/32 highway mpg. It also tows up to 1,500 pounds, so you can haul your Jet Ski to the bay every weekend. Add all-wheel drive to increase traction, and the Tucson keeps its footing on light trails and wet roads.

In the Kia Sportage, you can tow up to 2,000 pounds, which may make it the right pick for buyers who own two Jet Skis. However, you can expect to pay a little more at the pump, because the Sportage’s max EPA ratings are 23/30 mpg.

Learn More about the Hyundai Tucson

In the 2017 Hyundai Tucson, you’re getting the star treatment at a cut rate. That’s why it’s our overall pick for family-style comfort and performance. More than a roomy road trip and impressive fuel economy, though, the Tucson keeps you connected with innovative tech features. Cutting-edge safety gear monitors your surroundings for danger, and can even help when the unexpected happens. On the road, this crossover is confident and capable.

2017 Hyundai Accent vs Kia Rio

Just because you don’t have a luxury vehicle budget doesn’t mean you should settle for something less than awesome. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly vehicle that is brand new, rather than opting for a used model, focus your attention on two impressive models: the 2017 Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio. Let’s see how they shape up against each other.

2017 Hyundai Accent vs Kia Rio

Styling

You can opt for sedan and hatch versions of the 2017 Hyundai Accent and they’re both nice looking, but the hatch definitely has the edge over the sedan. It’s been around for a few years now but it still looks handsome, fresh, and youthful. The Accent hatch even borders on the sporty at times.

Unsurprisingly for cars that are so closely related to each other, the Kia Rio follows very similar lines to the 2017 Hyundai Accent. It’s also available as a hatch and a sedan and the hatch is definitely the more attractive car. The sedan is a little more attractive than many of its four-door subcompact rivals.

Features and Equipment

You have to be realistic with cars at this price point about what you should expect in terms of features and equipment, but the Accent does cover most of the essentials. Standard kit includes the likes of: power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; satellite radio; heated mirrors; an AM/FM/XM/CD player with a USB port; and keyless entry.

It might surprise some people in this day and age, but the Rio is like a car from Kia’s past when it comes to the specification of its base model. Although you do thankfully get air conditioning and satellite radio, you will also have to put up with hand-crank windows, locks and a pretty unremarkable six-speed manual transmission. This is definitely the Accent’s round.

Fuel Economy

Whether you go for the manual or the automatic transmission, you won’t be disappointed with the 2017 Hyundai Accent when it comes to fuel economy. With the manual transmission the EPA rates the Hyundai at 27 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined. If you want automatic, those numbers change slightly to 26/36/30 mpg.

The Rio is pretty close to the Accent for fuel efficiency, as you’d probably expect. With an automatic transmission expect ratings of 27 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined. An “Eco” version is available, but the marginal improvement still leaves the Rio a little short of the Hyundai so this is another win for the Accent.

Performance

There’s just one engine available in the 2017 Hyundai Accent, which is a 1.6-liter inline-four developing 138 horsepower and 123 lb.-ft. of torque, which isn’t terrible in a car of this size at all. Both transmissions are pretty good too, so the overall package is more than likeable even if it’s not a white knuckle ride.

Guess what the Kia Rio has under the hood? That’s right, a suspiciously similar 1.6-liter inline four producing the same horsepower as the Hyundai. Base models are only available with the manual, and the “Active Eco” button has more of an adverse effect on performance that it has a positive effect on fuel economy.

Learn More about the Hyundai Accent

If you’re realistic about what to expect from a brand new car starting from somewhere between $16k and $17k, there’s a lot to like about both of these two. What sets both of these cars apart from rivals in the segment is the five-year, 60,000-mile warranty they both come with, which really should make you think twice about buying something else pre-owned. However, the Hyundai is just a little better than the Kia in a number of ways so, the Accent gets our nod.