2018 Kia Sportage vs 2018 Hyundai Tucson

2018 Kia Sportage Exterior Passenger Side Front vs 2018 Hyundai Tucson Exterior Driver Side Front

While the subcompact crossover segment is one of the fastest-growing classes on the market today, the compact crossover segment has been around for quite some time, and firmly supplanted within it for over the past two decades has been the Kia Sportage. It makes an excellent option in the class, and we thought we’d dive into some of the reasons why by comparing it to one of its biggest competitors, pitting the 2018 Kia Sportage vs 2018 Hyundai Tucson.

To help us make this comparison, we’ve crafted the table just below and filled it with some of the most important specifications to consider when shopping for a vehicle like this. The first thing it shows is just how similar these two compact crossovers are to one another, but read on below to get a bit more detail.

2018 Kia Sportage


2018 Hyundai Tucson

181 HP Horsepower 164 HP
175 lb-ft. Torque 151 lb-ft.
26 mpg Combined Fuel Efficiency 26 mpg
30.7 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity 31.0 cu. ft.

Advantages of the 2018 Sportage

Starting from the top, we first dive into power. The first row takes a look at horsepower, an area in which the Kia Sportage trumps the Tucson via an extra 17 HP. The second row sticks with the power theme, showing us the torque rating, in which the Sportage once again has the advantage, this time via 24 pound-feet. Needless to say, the Kia Sportage certainly has the advantage in power.

That often translates to an advantage for the opposite vehicle in fuel efficiency, but that’s not the case here as you can tell by glancing down to the third row. Both vehicle achieve an average combined fuel efficiency of 26 miles per gallon. The one area the Tucson does have an advantage is cargo capacity, but it’s only by 0.3 cubic feet of space. We can’t imagine that difference would be very noticeable.

Of course, there is much more to the 2018 Sportage than just these four specs. If you’d like to learn more, feel free to browse around our website, or simply schedule a test drive and come hop behind the wheel of one today!