Hyundai Tucson VS Honda CR-V [2019]

Both the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V are top-rated SUVs in the compact crossover SUV segment. Honda are renown for their engineering expertise and market-leading reliability, while Korean automaker Hyundai are associated with great value for money.

Honda and Hyundai have given their compact crossovers modern designs, similar specs and impressive standard features. So which of the two should you pick in 2019? Let’s find out.

Price

The Hyundai Tucson is cheaper than the Honda CR-V, so those on tighter budgets might want to factor that into their decision. Specifically, the base SE model of the 2019 Hyundai Tucson starts at $23,350. Meanwhile, its range-topping Ultimate model starts off at a much higher price-point of $33,100.

The 2019 Honda CR-V, on the other hand, starts off at $24,450 for the base LX and starts at $34,250 for the top-of-the-line Touring model. All the above pricing quotes exclude destination charges; the dealerships that sell them may also further inflate these prices.

Winner: Hyundai Tucson

Design

2019 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai’s designs are often bold and daring, and the Tucson’s profile looks very nice indeed. Its large front grille is reminiscent of those you’d find on a Lexus, although the similarities end there.

In classic Honda fashion, the CR-V has a very understated and utilitarian design, which doesn’t look bad but won’t be winning any awards.

Winner: Hyundai Tucson

Size

The Honda CR-V is one of the largest compact SUVs in its segment. It is 180.6 inches long, 73 inches wide, and 66.1 inches high (66.5 inches high in the AWD models).

The 2019 Tucson is marginally smaller, with a length of 176.4 inches, a width of 72.8 inches, and a height of 65 inches (when equipped with roof rack side rails). However, the 2019 Tucson’s 105.1-inch wheelbase is 0.4 inches longer than that of the 2019 CR-V.

The Honda CR-V has more room for luggage in the back

Passenger And Cargo Space

In terms of interior space, the Honda CR-V is triumphant with a total passenger volume of 105.9 cubic feet. This translates to 40.1 inches of headroom and 41.3 inches of legroom in the front. Honda also treat passengers in the back well with 39.2 inches of headroom and 40.4 inches of legroom. The CR-V can seat up to 5, with a 40/20/40 configuration for the back row.

That being said, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson is also fairly roomy with a total passenger volume of 102.2 cubic feet. Its front row gets 39.6 inches of headroom and 41.5 inches of legroom, while its 2nd row offers 39.2 inches of headroom and 38.2 inches of legroom. Like the CR-V, the Tucson can also seat up to 5 people.

For cargo, the CR-V offers 39.2 cubic feet of space at the back while the 2019 Tucson offers 31 cubic feet. To put that into perspective, with the CR-V you can potentially squeeze another medium sized suitcase in the back.

Winner: Honda CR-V

cabin comparison between hyundai tucson and honda cr-v
Hyundai Tucson Interior (Left) VS Honda CR-V interior (Right)

Interior Comfort

Both the 2019 Honda CR-V and the Hyundai Tucson offer cabins that do a great job of shutting out road, wind, and engine noise. However, the cabin of the CR-V holds the advantage in this area thanks to its active noise cancellation technology. Hyundai have not equipped the Tucson with any such feature.

In terms of interior materials, both SUVs look and feel refined on the inside.

In the Hyundai Tucson, the SE, Value, SEL, Sport, and Night trims feature cloth seating surfaces, while the Limited and Ultimate models get leather upholstery. The Tucson offers an available 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, available heated and ventilated front seats, available heated rear seats, an available dual-zone automatic climate control system, an available heated steering wheel, and much more.

In the CR-V, the LX and EX models get cloth upholstery while the EX-L and Touring models get leather upholstery. In terms of convenience features, the CR-V matches the Tucson, offering an available 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar support, available heated front seats, an available dual-zone automatic climate control system, automatic-dimming rearview mirror and more options.

TIE

Performance And Fuel Economy

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson is only offered with one engine option. All its models are driven by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine that develops 181 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine propels the SUV from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds. Nothing impressive, but perfectly acceptable for your average driving needs. It pairs the engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission and delivers a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

The 2019 Honda CR-V, on the other hand, offers two engine options. The base LX model gets a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that is good for 184 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. Thanks to its CVT, the Honda achieves a better fuel economy of 26 mpg city/32 mpg highway (2WD models).

The CR-V’s EX, EX-L, and Touring models house a slightly more powerful 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that generates 190 horsepower and 179 lb.-ft. of torque. When equipped with this engine, the 2019 CR-V is slightly quicker than the Tucson, managing to sprint from zero to 60mph in just 8.2 seconds. This engine also achieves the highest gas mileage, with 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVTs) match both available engines of the CR-V.

Winner: Honda CR-V

Ride And Handling

Perhaps the Hyundai Tucson’s greatest strength is its excellent drive experience. Steering is quick, responsive and doesn’t feel over-assisted. There aren’t many compact crossovers that can match the Tucson’s handling, save for perhaps the Mazda CX-5.

The Honda has a comfortable ride and decent handling, as well as excellent brake response that’s provided by the electronic brake booster system. Driver visibility is also superior to the Tucson thanks to slim and thoughtfully placed A-pillars. However, while the continuously variable transmission might yield superior fuel efficiency, it feels sluggish compared to the Hyundai’s Shiftronic transmission.

Winner: Hyundai Tucson

Reliability

According to JD Power, the Honda CR-V scores a perfect 10 in overall mechanical quality. The 2019 Hyundai Tucson has not been rated.

The Honda CR-V scores 20 points higher than the Tucson in reliability scores released by Consumer Reports.

It can be hard to assess the reliability of cars that have just been released. However these ratings, along with Honda’s superior history when it comes to reliability, gives the CR-V the edge.

Winner: Honda CR-V

Safety

Some Honda models have had to be recalled due to problems with the Takata airbags, but fortunately the CR-V is not one of them.

Both the Honda and Hyundai can be optioned with advanced safety equipment such as AEB, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control.

NHTSA safety testing concluded both crossovers are incredibly safe for passengers. Both the Tucson and CR-V were awarded perfect 5-star ratings in frontal and side crash testing. Both models received 4-star rollover ratings, which assesses the risk of rolling the car over while driving.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded both SUVs with Top Safety Pick awards.

TIE

Verdict: DRAW

The Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson find themselves tied 3-3 across the various aspects considered in this head-to-head.

The sexier Tucson wins points on price and ride quality, whereas the Honda CR-V is the slightly more practical car thanks to the roomier interior and better fuel economy. Booking a test drive for both SUVs is highly recommended.

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