There are an increasing number of SUVs on the market, and it's not always easy to make the right choice because there are so many models to choose from. You have to look for the best deals if you want to get the best value for your money. When considering the compact SUV segment, one would be led to believe that the Honda CR-V and the Hyundai Tucson are equivalent and that there are no major distinctions between the two models. However, it might not be totally the case, as we found significant differences that consumers need to be aware of in order to make an informed choice, and to that end, Lombardi Honda, this five-star dealership in the Montreal area near the North and South Shore, has compared both and points out what characterizes these two compact SUVs.
The Honda CR-V VS Hyundai Tucson Duel
First of all, both the experts in the 2020 L’Annuel de l'Automobile and the 2020 Car Guide give the Honda CR-V a higher rating than the Hyundai Tucson. For example, in the 2020 L’Annuel de l'Automobile, columnist Michel Crépeault gives the CR-V an overall rating of 85%, while Luc Gagné gives the Hyundai Tucson a rating of 75%. In the 2020 Car Guide, Antoine Joubert, an internationally-renowned author, gives the Hyundai Tucson a score of 79% compared to a score of 80% given by Jean-François Guay to the Honda CR-V. The ratings in the Car Guide are always more strict than those in L'Annuel de l'Automobile and for the experts in the Car Guide, the difference is conclusive between a 7.9/10 and a 8/10.
Moreover, while we say that the Hyundai Tucson has a nice interior and that the Korean automaker has achieved a nice design with its SUV, the Honda CR-V has a more spacious interior, great comfort, a pleasant feel and its low fuel consumption puts it ahead of the Korean SUV.
In terms of performance and power, let's take a look at what the two models have to offer before jumping to conclusions. Under the hood of the CR-V is a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, propelling the vehicle from 0-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and 80-120 km/h in 6.6 seconds. The Hyundai Tucson has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, and an upgraded version features a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque; in this version, the Hyundai Tucson reaches 0-100 km/h in 8.8 seconds, while in the first version, it takes 9.9 seconds. Based on this comparison of power and performance, the data shows that Honda's CR-V is clearly ahead of its rival, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson or its 2020 model, and thanks to All Wheel Drive (AWD), it will take you anywhere.
Both SUVs offer Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and have user-friendly screens, a navigation system, USB ports, and an innovative infotainment system, albeit a little more sophisticated in the Honda CR-V. With its spacious interior where all passengers can sit comfortably without being elbow-to-elbow, the CR-V offers plenty of comfort and makes for pleasant rides and adventures on the roads of Quebec, Canada and the United States; you feel much less confined in the CR-V than in the Hyundai Tucson.
Finally, when it comes to active and passive safety systems, the Honda CR-V with Honda Sensing offers a full range of safety systems, including Collision Warning with independent braking, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Warning with assist, traffic sign recognition and much more. Hyundai Tucson also features Hill Start Assist, Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Parking Sonar, and more.
And the Winner is...
The data gathered here shows that the Honda CR-V wins the match against the Hyundai Tucson, and upon closer look, there's no doubt in our minds that the Japanese company has gone beyond the Korean manufacturer in this vehicle segment, meaning the CR-V remain an above-average compact SUV and one of the best ones on the market.
Lombardi Honda, the Best all the Way
In short, let's just say that the Lombardi Honda dealership in Montreal near the North and South Shore is highly skilled, an expert in its field and offers the best prices in town consistently for more than 45 years!