2011 Kia
Sportage SX
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Elantra Limited

2011 Kia Sportage SX

10.0

starting from

$26,490
"The Sportage matches up with the best crossover SUVs in the class."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sportage's value
"Sharp styling inside."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sportage's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Sportage SX

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Sporty performance
12.9 lb/hp
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Average 0-60 time
7.3 seconds
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Roof rails
Standard
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited

9.4

starting from

$21,195
"It zips around in city driving with ease, and then is surprisingly robust on the freeway."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the Elantra's handling
"Yet another impressive offering from Hyundai."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the Elantra's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Elantra Limited

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
40 mpg
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Average range on the highway
512 miles
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Average range in the city
371 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Kia Sportage SX Winner: Sportage SX
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Sportage SX's power seats; not available on the Elantra Limited
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty
  • Fantastic basic warranty
  • Both get great city mileage, however the Elantra Limited in particular gets exceptional mileage
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
  • Both vehicles can make tight turns
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

Kia
Sportage SX
2011 Kia Sportage SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Sportage SX's power seats; not available on the Elantra Limited
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Elantra Limited

Cost

Kia
Sportage SX
2011 Kia Sportage SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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MSRP $26,490 vs $21,195 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 29 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the Elantra Limited in particular gets exceptional mileage
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 60,000 mile Fantastic basic warranty
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 5 year Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

Kia
Sportage SX
2011 Kia Sportage SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Kia
Sportage SX
2011 Kia Sportage SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 9.5 seconds The Sportage SX's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Elantra Limited is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 136 ft The Sportage SX has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Elantra Limited is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.7 s @ 88 mph vs 17.2 s @ 83 mph The Sportage SX's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Elantra Limited's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.82 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Kia
Sportage SX
2011 Kia Sportage SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

Kia
Sportage SX
2011 Kia Sportage SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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Horsepower 256 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 148 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Sportage SX is of average power, but the Elantra Limited is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Sportage SX's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.9 lb/hp vs 18.2 lb/hp The Sportage SX is a sporty car, while the Elantra Limited is just average
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.7 ft vs 34.8 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Practicality

Kia
Sportage SX
2011 Kia Sportage SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 392 miles vs 512 miles The Elantra Limited has OK highway range, but the Sportage SX is very limited
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Cargo space 54.6 ft3 vs 14.8 ft3 The Sportage SX has OK cargo room, while the Elantra Limited has very little
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front seats 53.1 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3 The Elantra Limited has average-sized front seats, while the Sportage SX is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Sportage SX's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Elantra Limited cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Kia
Sportage SX
2011 Kia Sportage SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Sportage SX, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

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2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2011 Hyundai Tucson Elantra Limited vs Tucson
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Elantra Limited vs Altima 2.5 S
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2011 Kia Optima EX Elantra Limited vs Optima EX
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2011 Kia Rio SX Elantra Limited vs Rio SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L SE Elantra Limited vs Passat 2.5L SE

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