2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

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Safety

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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 Crosstrek only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Tucson’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Crosstrek has a metal gas tank.

Both the Tucson and the Crosstrek have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Subaru Crosstrek:

Tucson

Crosstrek

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

36%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

304 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

252/363 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

44.6%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

195 lbs.

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

52 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

230/427 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 Subaru Crosstrek:

Tucson

Crosstrek

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

94

138

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

196 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

241

303

Spine Acceleration

55 G’s

58 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 Crosstrek’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 Subaru covers the Crosstrek. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Crosstrek ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

There are over 33 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Crosstrek 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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, 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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.

Engine

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The Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (164 vs. 152) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (151 vs. 145) than the Crosstrek’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 29 more horsepower (181 vs. 152) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 145) than the Crosstrek’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Subaru Crosstrek (automatics tested):

Tucson

Crosstrek

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

10.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83 MPH

82 MPH

Transmission

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The Hyundai Tucson comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Crosstrek.

The Tucson offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is more internally efficient than a CVT but just as easy to drive. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tucson

Crosstrek

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.8 inches

The Tucson stops much shorter than the Crosstrek:

Tucson

Crosstrek

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Crosstrek (245/45R19 vs. 225/60R17).

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 Crosstrek Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tucson Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. The Crosstrek’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tucson has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Crosstrek.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Crosstrek Premium pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Crosstrek Limited (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has .5 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear legroom than the Crosstrek.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tucson’s rear seats recline. The Crosstrek’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Crosstrek with its rear seat up (31 vs. 20.8 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Crosstrek with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 55.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Tucson easier. The Tucson’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.3 inches, while the Crosstrek’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

The Tucson’s cargo area is larger than the Crosstrek’s in almost every dimension:

Tucson

Crosstrek

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

32.3”/64.2”

Max Width

53”

53”

Height

35.2”

30”

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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Servicing Ease

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The Tucson has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Crosstrek doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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The engine computer on the Tucson disables the starter while the engine is running. The Crosstrek’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Tucson’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Crosstrek has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

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 Crosstrek’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 Crosstrek has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/Limited.

Both the Tucson and the Crosstrek 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 Crosstrek.

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 Crosstrek 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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Tucson and the Crosstrek 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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Tucson is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Crosstrek because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Crosstrek, including $38 less for a water pump, $10 less for front brake pads, $203 less for a starter, $108 less for a fuel pump, $184 less for front struts and $266 less for a timing belt/chain.

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