2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2020 Honda CR-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 CR-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Tucson and the CR-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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, 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 Honda CR-V:

Tucson

CR-V

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

172

220

Neck Injury Risk

21%

23%

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

58/91 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

226

283

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

111 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

183/200 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 CR-V:

Tucson

CR-V

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

94

137

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

130 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

482 lbs.

609 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 CR-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 CR-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 CR-V ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tucson for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Hyundai will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CR-V.

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 CR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among compact SUVs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The CR-V isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 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 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 19th, 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 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 6 places higher in reliability than Honda.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tucson has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (16.4 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR-V (245/45R19 vs. 235/65R17).

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 CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Tucson Sport’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CR-V Touring’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

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 CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD 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 1.2 seconds quicker than the CR-V Touring AWD (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

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

Chassis

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The Tucson is 5.7 inches shorter than the CR-V, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has .2 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room and 5 inches more rear hip room than the CR-V.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Honda CR-V is limited to 1500 pounds. The Tucson offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Tucson and the CR-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 CR-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 CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Tucson and the CR-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 CR-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 CR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the CR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the CR-V, including $270 less for a starter, $42 less for fuel injection, $168 less for a fuel pump, $45 less for front struts, $113 less for a timing belt/chain and $128 less for a power steering pump.

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