2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Hyundai Tucson

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the CR-V and the Tucson have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Hyundai Tucson:

 

CR-V

Tucson

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Stress

194 lbs.

219 lbs.

Neck Compression

66 lbs.

97 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29%

37%

Neck Stress

124 lbs.

162 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Hyundai Tucson:

 

CR-V

Tucson

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.8 inches

Hip Force

354 lbs.

356 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

241

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

55 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

743 lbs.

1028 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

There are over 24 percent more Honda dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 20 points higher than the Tucson.

Engine

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (184 vs. 164) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V LX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (184 vs. 181) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (190 vs. 181) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the CR-V LX is faster than the Tucson 2.0 4 cyl.:

 

CR-V

Tucson

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

11 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Tucson:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Tucson

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

 

 

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/25 hwy

 

 

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Tucson doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Tucson doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Tucson:

 

CR-V

Tucson

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Tucson (235/65R17 vs. 225/60R17).

Suspension and Handling

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (8.2 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Tucson doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Tucson doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tucson (105.9 vs. 102.2).

The CR-V has .5 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tucson.

The rear step up height for the CR-V is 2 inches lower than the Tucson (18” vs. 20”).

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Tucson with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 31 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Tucson with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 61.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Tucson’s liftover is 29.3 inches.

The CR-V’s cargo area is larger than the Tucson’s in every dimension:

 

CR-V

Tucson

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

34.3”/69.5”

Max Width

54”

53”

Min Width

41.5”

40.7”

Height

41”

35.2”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Tucson doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Tucson doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Tucson doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tucson doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The CR-V’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Tucson’s standard power window’s switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and its driver’s window also automatically closes. With the Tucson SEL/Value/Limited’s power windows, only the driver’s window opens or closes automatically.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Tucson can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Both the CR-V and the Tucson offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Tucson doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Tucson because it costs $468 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the CR-V than the Tucson, including $74 less for a water pump, $173 less for a muffler and $10 less for front brake pads.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Tucson

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Tucson isn’t in the top three in its category.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Tucson has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Tucson has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Hyundai Tucson by almost three to one during the 2018 model year.

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