2019 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2019 Hyundai Tucson

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 (except LE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Tucson doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Rav4 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Tucson.

There are over 47 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Rav4’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Engine

The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 39 more horsepower (203 vs. 164) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (203 vs. 181) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Rav4 is faster than the Hyundai Tucson:

 

Rav4

Tucson 2.0

Tucson 2.4

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

9.7 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

81.1 MPH

84.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 gets better fuel mileage than the Tucson:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 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

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Rav4, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Tucson.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rav4 stops shorter than the Tucson:

 

Rav4

Tucson

 

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Rav4 Adventure executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Tucson SE (27.5 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 LE/XLE has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (8.4 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the Rav4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s minimum ground clearance is 2.2 inches higher than on the Tucson (8.6 vs. 6.4 inches).

Chassis

The front grille of the Rav4 Adventure/Limited 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.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 has .7 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tucson.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Tucson with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 31 cubic feet). The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Tucson with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 61.9 cubic feet).

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Hyundai Tucson is limited to 1500 pounds. The Rav4 Adventure offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

When different drivers share the Rav4 (except LE/XLE/Adventure), the optional memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Tucson doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Rav4’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tucson’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

Both the Rav4 and the Tucson offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rav4 XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited 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.

The Rav4 Adventure has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Tucson doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its April 2019 issue and they ranked the Toyota Rav4 Adventure higher than the Hyundai Tucson Ultimate AWD.

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Hyundai Tucson by over three to one during 2018.

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