2017 Kia Niro vs Hyundai Tucson

One of these cars is not like the other. Taking a glance at the 2017 Kia Niro and the Hyundai Tucson, they both look like compact sport utility vehicles. Step behind the wheel and you'll see see that they both drive like a dream. Look under the hood and you'll see the huge difference--the Niro is a hybrid while the Tucson is not. How do they compete head-to-head?

2017 Kia Niro vs Hyundai Tucson


The 2017 Kia Niro has plenty of leg and head room for five in both front and back. Driver and passengers will also enjoy the upscale style and quality materials. The Niro is a small SUV, so its cargo space is only 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space, but the 60/40 rear seats fold flat to make it 54.5 cubic feet.

In the 2017 Hyundai Tucson, passengers will have room to stretch no matter where they sit. The cabin is marred, though, with a lot of hard plastics but a clutter-free dash and the hands-on controls are user-friendly. The Tucson has a lot more cargo capacity than the Niro: 31 cubic feet which expands to 61.9 with the back seats down. This contest probably depends on what your priorities are, but we're giving the win to the Niro with more impressive interior finishes.


The Kia Niro is an impressive fountain of tech features. Even the base model comes with all this: 7-inch touchscreen, physical knobs and buttons, six-speaker sound system, rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB port, and Kia's simple-to-use UVO infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio. Optional features include push-button start, rear USB port, surround sound eight-speaker audio system, sunroof, and 8-inch touchscreen with real-time traffic conditions, and voice navigation system.

The Hyundai Tucson, however, lacks a few of the features that makes the Niro stand out. While it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, they only come in the upper trims. The standard features include only rearview camera, Bluetooth, and USB-equipped audio system. There are a lot of great features in the upper trim, but you get much more with the Niro's base model.


The Kia Niro does laps around the Hyundai Tucson in terms of fuel economy. Being a hybrid, the Niro gets an astounding 51 city miles and 46 highway miles per gallon. If you're worried that that fuel economy comes at the cost of performance, don't be. The Niro handles and accelerates like a non-hybrid car. As was said before, if you don't pop the hood, you wouldn't notice it's a hybrid except in the savings on gas.

With adequate performance and average fuel economy, the Hyundai Tucson does well in its class. But it can't hold its own compared to the Niro. It gets a respectable 25/31 miles per gallon and benefits from graceful handling and decent power.

SAFETY: Hyundai Tucson

Being a brand new model, the Kia Niro still does not have a government safety rating. But it does have plenty of safety options, like blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, front and rear park assist, autonomous emergency braking, and forward collision system.

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson has outstanding safety ratings: five stars overall in government crash testing and a Top Safety Pick distinction from IIHS. Its safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane change assist, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Learn More about the Kia Niro

Both the Kia Niro and Hyundai Tucson are spacious SUVs. While the Tucson has more cargo room, the Niro has a more stylish interior and wins in terms of technology features, especially in its base model. Let's not forget that the Niro's hybrid technology gives it a distinct advantage, offering exceptional fuel economy without compromising on performance--all for about the same price as the Tucson.

Current Inventory

There are currently no 2018 Kia Niro EX 4dr Crossover for Sale in inventory


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