2010 Hyundai TucsonEnlarge Photo
2011 Kia SportageEnlarge Photo
With the 2011 Sportage, Kia's placed its bets in all the right places. The Sportage has grown up into real-world dimensions, with more cargo space than ever. It's still among the smaller vehicles in its class but it fits adults better in all situations.
And though it's a mechanical twin of the 2010 Hyundai Tucson underneath, there's plenty to distinguish the two, from radically different sheetmetal to the future of Bluetooth hands-free entertainment. Hyundai and Kia make it easy to choose which one you'd prefer...or do they?
Normally at this point we'd call for a "Car Compare," but for a couple of reasons, we're going to do this a little differently. The first reason being, we haven't driven the coming turbo version of the Sportage and it's not even in dealers yet. Second: the Feds haven't laid out crash scores that could boost the Sportage's rating.
We've driven both enough to know which one we'd choose, though. Just so you know, this comparison ends in a numeric winner, but we're ruling by executive fiat to name the by-the-numbers loser the winner--and we'll explain why.
So before we get too far into the details, we'll recap our runner-up: