Kia Sportage vs. Tucson


2016 Sportage

The 2016 Sportage is a compact SUV manufactured by KIA, popular for its exceptional styling, advanced technology, and powerful performance. With its strengthened steel body frame, the car offers utmost protection in collisions. Also equipped with plenty of infotainment features, the compact SUV is the perfect option for those small families that require maximum convenience for long-distance travelling or commuting.

2016 Tucson

Manufactured by Hyundai since 2004, the Tucson is a compact SUV that fits below the Veracruz and Santa Fe vehicles. It takes its name from the city of Tucson in Arizona and is currently in its third-generation with Hyundai releasing its 2016 model. The compact SUV boasts offers great reliability and durability to drivers, along with plenty of convenience features/amenities that make travelling fun and exciting.


The 2016 Sportage is available with two engine choices. For those who crave V6-like power, there is a Turbocharged, 2.0-Liter, Inline-4 engine available paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that has the capability of producing 269 lb-ft of torque and 260 horsepower. If you want to leverage maximum fuel-efficiency, then there is a 2.4-Liter, 16-Valve, Inline-4 engine available (standard on base models) which can easily generate 177 lb-ft of torque and 182 horsepower. With new 4-wheel disc brakes, the car offers exceptional stopping/braking power. New suspension upgrades even make maneuvering past traffic or cornering at high speeds a breeze.

The 2016 Tucson is available in two engine options as well. However, both engines aren’t capable of meeting the power offered by the Sportage. Standard on base models is the 2.0-Liter Naturally Aspirated, 4-Cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, which has the capability of generating 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. Standard on AWD and ECO models is the 1.6-Liter, Turbocharged, Inline-4 engine which has the capacity of producing 195 lb-ft of torque and 175 horsepower. Despite their small size, the Tucson fails to deliver good fuel economy with both engines averaging 24 MPG in the City and 30 MPG on the Highway.


The 2016 Kia Sportage boasts an incredibly comfortable and appealing interior. Featuring plenty of attractive and high-quality soft-touch materials, the SUV gives off quite the luxurious appeal. As compared to previous models, the vehicle also offers a cleaner, better, and more refined layout than ever – making it easier and more comfortable for travel. Large knobs and buttons make it incredibly easy and accessible for drivers to adjust setting, without taking their eyes off the road. This promotes premium safety and lots of convenience.

When compared to last year models and counterparts, the 2016 Tucson’s 5-passenger, 2-row interior has improved in sophistication, size and style. Base models get a 6-way manual-adjust driver seat with lumbar support. Buttons and knobs for audio and climate control are easily accessible. Touchscreen is easy-to-use and the car features USB connectivity. However, in terms of comfort and convenience, you will need to purchase higher trim levels. Base models don’t feature dual-level cargo floor or flat-folding rear seats (which is perhaps the most noteworthy feature of any compact SUV).


In terms of exterior styling, the Kia Sportage boasts a rather distinct and unique appeal. New high-intensity discharge (HID) Xenon headlights are installed, which add an aggressive and bold look to the vehicle, while also helping illuminate and increasing visibility for nighttime driving. Available heated side view mirrors are also added, which improve visibility for other drivers and for you in frosty climates or extreme weather. This can be owed to the available integrated turn signal repeaters that light up during turns, hence making every move you make well known to drivers in front or behind you.

The 2016 Tucson has been completely redesigned for this year. The new suit is probably the biggest initial draws of the compact SUV. The vehicle looks like a rightful little brother to the Hyundai Santa Fe and boasts a sporty stance with sharp creases. A new trapezoidal grille has been added as well giving the compact SUV a rather rugged look from the front end. New chassis now uses 50% high-strength steel compared to the 18% of the former model.


The base LX model of the 2016 Kia Sportage comes standard with steering-wheel-mounted cruise, audio, and phone controls, satellite radio, USB port Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker audio system. Rear passengers get their own air-conditioning duct. An Active ECO system helps drivers save fuel. SX trim levels get KIA’s famous turbocharged engine, a UVO infotainment system, 18-inch alloy wheels, high-intensity headlights, automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, navigation, and Infinity Premium Audio system with a subwoofer.

The 2016 Tucson is available in four main trims, each of which comes equipped with their own set of features. Base SE models get 6-speaker audio system, 5-inch touch screen, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, auxiliary input, USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity. Eco models get LED daytime running lights and roof rails. Sport models get power liftgate with proximity open feature, push-button start, heated front seats and blind spot monitoring. Limited models get premium audio system, bigger wheels, front and rear heated seats, and an Infotainment system.


The IIHS has given the 2016 Kia Sportage top “Good” ratings in all crash tests, except for the newer small overlap front-crash test. NHTSA has given the compact’s AWD models five-star in all crash tests, including front, rollover, and side crash. Base models get an overall score of four stars. The Sportage also comes equipped with a healthy list of safety features, which include downhill brake assist, hill-start assist, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and six airbags. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, and rearview parking sensors.

The 2016 Tucson has earned remarkable crash-test scores in every U.S crash test, including top five-star ratings from NHTSA and “Top Safety Pick” status from IIHS. The vehicle also comes equipped with plenty of safety feature, which include front- and side-impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, and side-curtain airbags for front and rear passengers, rearview cameras, tire pressure monitor, blind-spot detection, rear-cross traffic alert, and lane changed assist.

So, which car should you buy? Based on the comparative analysis above, the 2016 Sportage offers more value to buyers than the 2016 Tucson in terms of performance, fuel-efficiency and interior/exterior styling specifically. Visit Allentown Kia to purchase the compact SUV today!

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