2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 Subaru Outback

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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 Outback 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 Outback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Tucson and the Outback 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, 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 Outback:

Tucson

Outback

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

27%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

259 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

88 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

202/266 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 Outback:

Tucson

Outback

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

192 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

482 lbs.

527 lbs.

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

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Outback’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 Outback 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 SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (181 vs. 175) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 174) than the Outback 2.5i’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Outback 2.5i 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.:

Tucson

Outback

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

4.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

10.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

18.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83 MPH

81.4 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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The Tucson stops much shorter than the Outback:

Tucson

Outback

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outback (245/45R19 vs. 225/65R17).

The Tucson SE/Value’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Outback 2.5i/2.5i Premium’s standard 65 series tires. The Tucson Sport’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Outback Limited/Touring’s 60 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Outback.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Outback 3.6R Limited pulls only .76 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 Outback 2.5i Limited (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Outback’s (34.9 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 pounds less than the Subaru Outback.

The Tucson is 1 foot, 1.7 inches shorter than the Outback, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has .1 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the Outback.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson’s liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Outback doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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The Tucson has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Outback 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 power windows standard on both the Tucson and the Outback 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 Outback prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Tucson’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Outback’s passenger power window switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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 Outback’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Outback doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 Outback 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 Outback 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 Outback because it costs $218 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Outback, including $38 less for a water pump, $15 less for front brake pads, $97 less for a starter, $117 less for a fuel pump, $150 less for front struts and $312 less for a timing belt/chain.

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