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2017 Kia Sportage vs Hyundai Tucson

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Launch your weekend adventures the right way, with capable compact crossovers like the 2017 Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. These models treat you to the family-friendly space you crave and the high-tech features you need to explore new horizons. Before you decide which model is right for you, give our comparison guide a quick look.

2017 Kia Sportage vs Hyundai Tucson

Passenger Space

The newly redesigned Sportage easily outdoes competitors with roomy accommodations for five. When you travel up and down the coast with 6-footers in both rows, no one will ever lack for head or leg room. In this class, the Sportage also delivers top-of-the-line comfort, with plush support that never wears off, no matter how long the trip.

Inside, the Hyundai Tucson feels simple, yet smart. Cargo space is on par with what you see in the Sportage, with up to 61.9 cubic feet of cargo space for your outdoor supplies. The Tucson cabin may not be as refined as the Sportage, but it's homey and comfortable. Still, we're giving the edge to the Sportage here.

Convenience & Infotainment

Designed to make your day easier, the 2017 Kia Sportage delivers everything from complete smartphone integration to a de-icer for your windshield wipers. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto display vital apps, like iMessage and Google Maps, directly on your central touchscreen, so you never have to look down at your phone and away from the road.

The Hyundai Tucson's spin on infotainment includes the user-friendly Blue Link telematics system, which includes a crisp 8-inch touchscreen. Like the Sportage, the Tucson provides an optional navigation system to guide you around unfamiliar territory. However, unlike with the Sportage, the Blue Link telematics system only comes standard on the expensive Tucson Limited model.

Safety

The brand new Sportage is designed to give you peace of mind as you travel. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Sportage's forward collision warning system a rare score of "Superior." With this technology, the Sportage doesn't just detect an oncoming crash - it actively applies the brakes to help you come to a quick stop.

The Hyundai Tucson also strives to keep you safe, with features like a standard rear view camera. Use it to spot any obstacles in your path before you back up. While the Tucson does offer an emergency telematics system for extra help after an accident, it only comes on the top-trim Limited model. The Sportage's telematics system, by comparison, is standard on two higher trims and optional on the base LX model.

Sporty Ride

The Tucson supplies mainstream appeal with its smooth, athletic performance. When you take this compact crossover through tight city streets, it provides confident, composed handling around corners. With all-wheel drive, it's equally fun to drive down light trails and dirt roads.

The redesigned Kia Sportage is newly rewarding to drive, striking an excellent balance of on-road comfort and athleticism. The cabin remains hushed, even at highway speeds, giving you the luxury treatment during your commute. If there's one thing the Sportage could improve, it's acceleration. The Sportage gets up to speed well enough for most drivers, but we expected a bit more from such sizeable engine options.

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When you go for that first test drive in your Kia Sportage, you'll see exactly why we think it's the hands-down winner in this showdown. It strikes a great balance between outstanding passenger space and performance, along with the features and safety record anyone shopping for a family vehicle could want. Combine all of this with a budget-friendly pricetag and you have a winner in our minds.