With the 2011 Sportage, Kias 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.
The 2010 Hyundai Tucson is the beneficiary of an extreme makeover that works. The frumpy old Tucson couldn’t manage anything nearly as compelling as this new version – which also bridges the gap between the ravishing new Sonata sedan and the lineup of car-like crossovers. The Tucson has good interior space, a much more flavorful look outside and in – and though it’s not overtly quick and a good deal more expensive than before, it’s a Top Safety Pick with plenty of standard features. And that’s more than enough for the first-time crossover buyer to feel like they’ve been made complete.
Still offers a manual transmission
Smoothed-over four-cylinder engine
The 2011 Kia Sportage stay tuned for more on that feature soon. We came close to giving the Sportage a 9 for styling; the whole urban-backpack theme just plain works here. And if you’ll see the crash-test of new Sportage you’ll have one more reason to buy it.
You will like:
Rakish new shape
SX’s 270-hp turbo
Better build quality all around
UVO’s hands-free audio
The Bottom Line:
Both Hyundai and the Kia have hit game reset at just the right moment – and while the Tucson scores the win on paper, we’re picking the Sportage as our favorite pending more facts and figures to come – and pending our first drive of the 270-hp Sportage SX.
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