2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 Honda HR-V

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Safety

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The Tucson has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The HR-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Tucson’s standard Downhill Brake Control allows you to creep down safely. The HR-V doesn’t offer Downhill Brake Control.

The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The HR-V only offers a rear monitor.

To help make backing safer, the Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The HR-V doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Tucson’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The HR-V doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The HR-V doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Tucson and the HR-V 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights and blind spot warning systems.

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

Tucson

HR-V

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

481

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

244 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

33/136 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

37%

41%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

218 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

574/500 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, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Honda HR-V:

Tucson

HR-V

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

94

148

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

158 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

241

357

Spine Acceleration

55 G’s

59 G’s

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

Warranty

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The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The HR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the HR-V. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the HR-V ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the HR-V’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tucson has a standard 600-amp battery. The HR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The HR-V isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 5 places higher in reliability than Honda.

Engine

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The Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 23 more horsepower (164 vs. 141) and 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (151 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl. The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (181 vs. 141) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda HR-V:

Tucson

HR-V

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

10.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

18.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83 MPH

81.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tucson has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the HR-V (16.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Hyundai Tucson as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Honda HR-V is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Tucson’s brake rotors are larger than those on the HR-V:

Tucson

HR-V

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

The Tucson stops shorter than the HR-V:

Tucson

HR-V

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the HR-V (225/60R17 vs. 215/55R17). The Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the HR-V (245/45R19 vs. 215/55R17).

The Tucson Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the HR-V’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tucson Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. The HR-V’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Hyundai Tucson has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Honda HR-V has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Tucson has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The HR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Tucson has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Tucson flat and controlled during cornering. The HR-V 4x2 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tucson’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the HR-V (105.1 inches vs. 102.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the HR-V.

The Tucson’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58% to 42%) than the HR-V’s (59.6% to 40.4%). This gives the Tucson more stable handling and braking.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the HR-V EX-L AWD (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the HR-V’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the HR-V (102.2 vs. 100.1).

The Tucson has .1 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 7.1 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the HR-V.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the HR-V with its rear seat up (31 vs. 24.3 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the HR-V with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 58.8 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Tucson’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The HR-V doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

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The Tucson has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The HR-V has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The HR-V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Tucson and the HR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Tucson is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The HR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Tucson’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The HR-V LX/Sport’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Tucson Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Tucson has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The HR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Tucson Ultimate detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The HR-V doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Tucson Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The HR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Tucson and the HR-V offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the HR-V.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The HR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Tucson Limited/Ultimate’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The HR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Tucson has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The HR-V doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The HR-V doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the HR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the HR-V, including $300 less for a starter, $141 less for a fuel pump, $22 less for front struts, $139 less for a timing belt/chain and $146 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Honda HR-V by 66% during 2018.

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