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.
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.
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.
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.
Along with the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling SUVs in the world, and has been for some time now. However, competition is coming from all areas these days, not the least South Korea, so let’s compare the 2017 Hyundai Tucson with the Toyota RAV4 to see how these two crossovers compare.
2017 Hyundai Tucson vs Toyota RAV4
Some people won’t like the way the Hyundai Tucson looks, but it’s hard to believe that will describe very many. The Tucson may be a bit more conventional than its predecessor, but it’s also handsome, stylish, modern, sporty, and even more than a little premium-looking. It’s now looks like a smaller Santa Fe, but, if anything, the Tucson is even more attractive.
The RAV4 seems to be evolving before our eyes, with so many redesigns and refreshes over the years. It’s almost as if Toyota knows it still hasn’t got the exterior styling quite right, but keeps trying to improve it. The Toyota isn’t an ugly vehicle at all, but its looks are not in the same class as those of the Hyundai.
Power & Performance
A 2.0-liter inline-four producing 164 horsepower is the base engine in the Tucson, which comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A more sophisticated 1.6-liter turbo-four is the alternative, which then gets you as much as 175 horsepower and is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive available with both units.
If we put the hybrid RAV4 to one side as a separate model, that only leaves a single engine in the regular model. That engine is a 2.5-liter inline-four that comes matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and produces 176, which can feel strained when pushed with a full load.
Apart from front leg room, the interior of the Hyundai Tucson is larger than the cabin of the Toyota RAV4 by almost every measure. The Tucson boasts an impressive 133.2 cu.-ft. of passenger volume, although cargo space isn’t anywhere near as generous as some rivals. The design of the dash and the way the controls are laid out is superb, although the quality of materials does vary.
With just 101.9 cu.-ft. of cargo volume, the RAV4 is no match for the Tucson, but its 73.4 cu.-ft. of cargo space with the rear seats down is much better than the Hyundai’s 61.9 cu.-ft. The new Platinum trim level elevates the comfort and quality of the Toyota to another level, but not having anywhere near as much passenger volume stops it doing better than the Hyundai.
Features & Equipment
Hyundai is a manufacturer synonymous with value for money, so it’s expected that the Tucson offers high levels of standard features. You won’t get a lot of a la carte choice, though, as features tend to be trim level specific, with only the Limited model offering flexibility for adding distinctive options. Base models get all the usual power features, as well as cruise control, air conditioning, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, and a 5.0-inch touchscreen for the included infotainment system.
An entry level RAV4 comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, power features, air conditioning, a tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio and phone controls, cruise control, interior LED lighting, a 12-volt power outlet and very good infotainment system. The XL then adds the likes of dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, and fog lights, so the Toyota just has the edge when it comes to standard features and equipment.
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Even if the Toyota RAV4 was better than the 2017 Hyundai Tucson in every other way, we’d choose the Hyundai for its looks alone. But the Hyundai is at least a match for the Toyota in every other way, and better than it in quite a few. Add to the equation the fact the Tucson is almost $2,000 cheaper than the RAV4, and you won’t be surprised to learn the Tucson is our favorite of the pair.
Compact SUVs are the answer for drivers who need extra space and ground clearance but refuse to live the minivan lifestyle and aren’t ready for full size truck or SUV. Compact SUVs are a compromise–but they’re a great one that delivers the space and design you want. Two of the top models in this class are the 2017 Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V. Which one will give you all of the things you want?
2017 Hyundai Tucson vs Honda CR-V
Convenience is important–your car is supposed to make your life easier. The CR-V delivers with features that give you options. The HondaLink app allows you to turn on and off your car remotely so that you can cool it down on those hot summer days before you get there. You can use it for scheduling maintenance and get reports on how your vehicle is doing. You can connect your smart phone to the touch screen wirelessly with both Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The built-in HomeLink also allows you to connect to your garage door without having an extra external remote.
The Hyundai Tucson sports these same features as well, except for HondaLink which is replaced with MyHyundai. The Tucson also has a Smart Lift Gate for the trunk. Instead of opening it by hand, by kicking your foot under the car or by pushing a button, the smart lift gate automatically opens when the key is sensed standing behind the car within three feet for more than three seconds. This feature comes in handy when your hands are full. With this added feature and the fact that the rear seats recline, the Tucson comes out ahead in convenience.
If you just look at seating, the Tucson and the CR-V are equal. They both seat five with two in the front and three in the back. The Tucson has a good amount of space. It has 41.5 inches of front seat legroom and 38.2 inches of back seat legroom. In cargo space, the Tucson has 31 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be extended to 61.9 cubic feet when the second row is folded down.
The CR-V has a little bit more interior space than the Tucson. The front row leg room is barely smaller by less than a quarter of an inch. But the back adds a couple of inches, . with 40.4 inches of legroom. Cargo space is really where the CR-V pulls away in this category. The CR-V has 39.2 cubic feet of storage that extends to 75.8 cubic feet with the seats folded down. So if you are a tall family, that’s something to consider.
When it comes to safety, crash ratings are going to be good no matter what vehicle you choose. Nowadays, it all comes down to extras. The Honda CR-V has both a Collision Mitigation and Road Departure Mitigation system to help you stay on the road and to keep you from crashing. These systems will sense an upcoming accident and help prime the brakes and begin to apply them if you fail to do so. On long highway trips, lane departure mitigation will also keep you in your lane when you’re drifting.
The Tucson also has an automatic braking system that will engage if there’s an imminent collision, including pedestrian detection. The Lane Keep technology in the CR-V is just a lane departure warning in the Tucson, but is makes up for it with an extra feature-rear cross traffic alert. This feature is invaluable when trying to back out of a crowded parking lot. It helps you avoid pulling out in front of someone flying down the aisle when other cars block your line of sight.
A warranty provides a peace of mind. You know that if something goes wrong, things will be taken care of. A warranty also gives you an indication of when things might start to happen. After all, the manufacturer doesn’t want to spend money fixing your stuff if they don’t have to. The Honda comes with a respectable 3 year/36,000 mile limited new car warranty and a 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty. This warranty is fairly standard.
The Hyundai Tucson, though, comes with America’s best warranty.The Hyundai warranty is considered the best because it is the longest manufacturer warranty out there. You’ll get a 5 year/60,000 limited new car warranty and a 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. That’s coming close to double the amount of the standard warranty by most other manufacturers. With a guarantee like that, you can drive away with that peace of mind you need.
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In this side-by-side comparison, priorities matter. If you’re an NBA star, the CR-V would be a better choice because of the leg room. If you are looking for a compact SUV that has extra safety features, a little more convenience, and a stellar warranty, then the 2017 Hyundai Tucson is the obvious choice.
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
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.
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.
As Hyundai continues to unveil more and more upscale and exciting vehicles, it also has to keep upgrading existing models for them to keep up with the rapid pace of development. This year has seen the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport getting the refresh treatment, so let’s see how it now stacks up against one the big names of the compact crossover segment, the Toyota RAV4.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs Toyota RAV4
Styling: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
In the 2017 model year, the Santa Fe Sport benefits from a new front fascia, headlights, trim panels, taillights and rear fascia–so, basically, a lot has changed at least on the surface. The Santa Fe Sport now looks a lot more like the Tucson, which itself was substantially updated just last year. The Santa Fe was already the best-looking SUV in the Hyundai range, and the latest updates have only reinforced that fact.
The Toyota RAV4 has also just been updated and refreshed, although the majority of that work has been focused on the interior in response to customer feedback. On the outside, the RAV4 isn’t going to win many beauty contests–and, if we’re honest, we might be a little flummoxed about how this design could be so popular among so many buyers.
Interior Space and Comfort: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
The Santa Fe Sport offers a decent amount of passenger and cargo space, with 108 cu.-ft. of total passenger volume. Good leg and head room in the front and the back, a sliding second-row seat, and a flat-folding front passenger seat make the interior immensely flexible. The materials are good, if not class-leading, the seats are comfortable, and the cabin is quiet.
Toyota has worked hard to improve the RAV4, but the LE and XLE models at the lower end of the trim range can still feel a little sparse. Toyota has added some nice features such as new hard-wearing imitation leather called SofTex, but the interior of the Santa Fe Sport is still a little more welcoming.
Power and Performance: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Two engines are available for the Santa Fe Sport: the base engine is a normally aspirated 2.4-liter inline-four that develops 185 horsepower but the better choice is probably the 2.0-liter turbo-four which puts as much as 240 horsepower at your disposal. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which also has a manual shift mode actuated by the shift lever, and all-wheel drive is available.
Unless you want to go down the hybrid route, the only conventional engine in the RAV4 is a 2.5-liter inline four producing a relatively modest 176 horsepower. That engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the powertrain can feel a little overwhelmed when trying to cope with a full load of passengers and cargo.
Fuel Economy: Toyota RAV4
The standard engine of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is rated at 21 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined, while the more powerful 2.0-liter turbo gets as good as 20/28/23 mpg in front-drive form.
Even without going as far as the hybrid engine option, the RAV4 can offer 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, so this round goes to the Toyota.
Learn More about the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
The Toyota RAV4 continues to deliver impressive sales, but the refreshed 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is definitely worth considering if you don’t want to follow the crowd. The Santa Fe Sport is more powerful than the RAV4, has a better interior, has a very similar set of standard and available features, and we think it’s a better buy than the Toyota at the moment.
Small crossover SUVs, like the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Nissan Rogue Sport, are prime picks for thrifty commuters and tech-savvy socialites alike. They combine a sporty ride with impressive fuel economy, and they’re packed with all the latest infotainment options. Which is the crossover for you? Read our comparison guide for more info.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs Nissan Rogue Sport
In this segment, the Santa Fe Sport leads the way with its high-quality materials and classic style. The dash layout is straightforward, putting oft-used controls within easy reach of the driver seat. And, perhaps more importantly, the cabin is plush and spacious, supplying both rows of passengers with the head and leg room they require for long-term comfort.
When you test-drive the Nissan Rogue Sport, you’ll enjoy soft cushioning that fares well on long commutes. This crossover also supplies a smooth, quiet ride on every family road trip. We just wish the Rogue Sport was a tad bit more luxurious – the Santa Fe Sport offers a classier take on comfort.
Smartphone lovers will thrive in the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The 7-inch touchscreen is easy to use, with large graphics to help you avoid fat-fingering the wrong app. And, thanks to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay technology, you can use your phone’s voice controls through the central system. Just ask, and the system can read your text messages or display your Maps app on the central touchscreen.
For an economy crossover, the Nissan Rogue Sport offers an impressive array of tech features. It also features a 7-inch touchscreen that’s quick to respond to your requests. If you’ve got an iPhone, you’re in luck, because the Rogue Sport’s Siri Eyes Free technology lets you talk to your smartphone as you head down the road. However, if you’re looking for expanded Android features, you’re going to have to shop elsewhere.
For an extra sense of security, choose the Santa Fe Sport. It earned a perfect five-star overall rating in government crash tests. On top of that, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its forward collision mitigation system a rare score of “Superior.” This technology doesn’t just warn you of danger – it applies the brakes to help you avoid it.
The Rogue Sport also delivers cutting-edge driver aids. For example, the blind-spot alert helps you switch lanes safely. Both models provide emergency telematics services, so you can solve unexpected issues with features like on-demand roadside assistance. The Rogue Sport wasn’t rated in government crash tests, but it comes standard with all the basic safety features, including anti-lock brakes and airbags.
Power & Performance
If you’re looking to pinch pennies at the pump, give the Nissan Rogue Sport a spin. It earns up to 25 city/32 highway mpg. This sporty crossover also provides a taste of adventure. Add all-wheel drive, and you can take your Rogue Sport onto light trails, such as at campsites and beaches, without getting stuck.
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport earns up to 21/27 mpg, which isn’t bad when you consider its quick acceleration. As with the Rogue Sport, you can add all-wheel drive to the powertrain for enhanced grip on soft surfaces, such as icy pavement.
Learn More about the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
These crossovers have a lot in common – including a sporty ride – but the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport won us over. For starters, we love the its creature comforts. No matter how long the ride, you’ll have enough space and plenty of cushioning. Tech features, including smartphone integration, keep you connected in a hands-free fashion. On the road, this crossover is more than smooth and composed – it’s fuel-efficient and quick on its feet.
Don’t overspend on a crossover SUV – enjoy stylish comfort and generous tech features in budget-friendly models like the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Honda CR-V. In addition to attractive MSRPs, these crossovers give you a comfortable, fuel-efficient daily commute. Which model is right for you? Our comparison guide is here to help you figure things out.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs Honda CR-V
Comfort & Convenience
The Santa Fe Sport is the clear-cut winner – it might be affordable, but nothing in the cabin gives it away as such. High-quality cabin materials give you the luxury treatment. Plush, supportive seating provides comfort, all the way to work and back.
The Honda CR-V’s smooth, quiet ride belies a much more expensive model. Throughout the cabin, the supportive seats get two thumbs up. If there’s one catch, it’s that the continuously variable transmission can get loud during hard acceleration, cutting down on refinement on the highway.
For forays into the great outdoors, the Santa Fe Sport will serve you well. Its all-wheel-drive capabilities will send you down light trails with maximum traction. Tow up to 3,500 pounds’ worth of boat to your favorite weekend fishing spot – no problem.
Like the Santa Fe Sport, the CR-V offers a sporty ride with its all-wheel-drive technology. If you live in a wet climate, you’ll also find that all-wheel drive enhances safety during rain and snowstorms. The Santa Fe Sport can tow up to 1,500 pounds – which will do just fine for Jet Ski owners but doesn’t match the Santa Fe Sport’s capacity.
To increase savings at the pump, check out what the CR-V has to offer. Depending on which powertrain you select, the CR-V earns up to 28 city/34 highway mpg. (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/PowerSearch.do?action=noform&path=1&year1=2017&year2=2017&make=Honda&baseModel=CR-V&srchtyp=ymm) It’s also got pep, with enough speed to deliver a capable, predictable performance.
The Santa Fe Sport earns up to 21 city/27 highway mpg, a fairly typical performance in this class. (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/PowerSearch.do?action=noform&path=1&year1=2017&year2=2017&make=Hyundai&baseModel=Santa%20Fe&srchtyp=ymm) It balances fuel ratings with plenty of muscle. In addition to the Santa Fe Sport’s towing capabilities, you’ll also enjoy a strong, smooth ride.
The Santa Fe Sport puts you and your passengers first. In government crash tests, this crossover shows its worth with a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. (https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2017/HYUNDAI/SANTA%252520FE%252520SPORT/SUV/FWD) It also earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s top score of “Good” in every single crash test. The forward collision warning system earned a rare “Superior” from the IIHS. When this technology senses an imminent crash, it springs into action, applying the brakes to help you come to a quick stop.
The Honda CR-V also gets high marks from the IIHS, earning the Top Safety pick distinction and a Superior as well. ( http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/honda/cr-v-4-door-suv/2017) However, Honda’s active safety features have had some owners complaining of glitches and overactivity, which can cause problems where none exist. We’re giving the nod to the Hyundai in this category.
Learn More about the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport surpasses the Honda CR-V with its tow-friendly ride and smooth acceleration. Inside, the Santa Fe Sport feels spacious and stylish. As you cruise across state lines and into your next adventure, the whole social crew will enjoy the head and leg room they need, the technology you need to stay connected, and the safety rating to keep you driving with confidence.