Compare 2009 Hyundai Tucson vs 2008 Kia Sportage

2009 Hyundai Tucson
2008 Kia Sportage
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4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tucson 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 23 $24,205 $25,620
Tucson 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic SE 18 23 $22,430 $23,470
Tucson FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic GLS 20 26 $19,322 $19,970
Tucson FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 20 26 $21,447 $22,670
Tucson FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS 20 26 $17,507 $18,070
Tucson FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 24 $22,615 $23,920
Tucson FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic SE 18 24 $20,681 $21,620
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2WD 4-Door I4 Automatic LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sportage 2WD 4-Door I4 Automatic LX 19 25 $18,110 $19,045
Sportage 2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX 20 25 $15,270 $16,050
Sportage 2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic EX 17 23 $20,000 $21,395
Sportage 2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic LX 17 23 $18,940 $20,045
Sportage 4WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX 19 24 $18,600 $19,545
Sportage 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic EX 17 21 $21,370 $22,895
Sportage 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic LX 17 21 $20,130 $21,345
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,205
$18,110
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,620
$19,045
Monthly Payment Estimate
$427 / month
$317 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
As time has passed, the 2009 Hyundai Tucson has been matched or bettered by other vehicles in its class in terms of performance and safety—but it remains a good value. If you can live without top-level refinement and the absolutely latest technology, 2008 Kia Sportage is a fine little SUV, and considering its price, a genuine value.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.8 39.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 56.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.1 42.1
Front Hip Room (in)
52.4 54.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.6 103.9
Second Leg Room (in)
37.2 37.2
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 40.7
Second Hip Room (in)
51.2 54.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 56.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.7 7.7
Length, Overall (in)
170.3 171.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.1 66.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.0 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
103.5 103.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 60.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
22.7 23.6
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
65.5 66.6
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 x 0.39 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x 1.02 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 15.3
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 3.06
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/60R16 P215/65R16
Spare Tire Size
T155/90R16 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60R16 P215/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3548 3254
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.2 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPI NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
178 @ 4000 136 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.7L/164 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
173 @ 6000 140 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 1.53
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.41 4.63
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.71
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 2.84
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive 2 Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
Shiftronic NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.48 2.48
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Tucson Kia Sportage
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Dual-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/stabilizer bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.55 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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