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2016 Honda CR-V 2WD EX vs 2016 Hyundai Tucson

2016 Honda

CR-V 2WD EX
 

2016 Hyundai

TUCSON
 
PERFORMANCE
Yes185 HP No164
Yes181 Torque No151

2/2 Winner

  • Horse Power 100%
  • Torque 100%

Hyundai has seen incredible growth in recent years, thanks to impressive changes in styling along with throwing off the bargain-basement mantle. Challenging the Big 3 from Asia is hard to do, but on the backs of vehicles like the 2017 Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai is now keeping pace with the likes of Toyota and Nissan.

One carmaker that Hyundai can’t quite reach is Honda. While the sedans of Honda have dominated their respective segments for decades, the major battleground is in the fastest-growing new vehicle segment, the compact crossover. As it has since its debut in 1995, the 2017 Honda CR-V remains the top compact crossover on the market. Does the Tucson have what it takes to even get close to the CR-V?

Intriguing Engine Options

Both the 2017 Honda CR-V and 2017 Hyundai Tucson offer similar engine options, in that both have a naturally-aspirated base engine and a smaller yet more powerful turbocharged engine available. At the base level, the Tucson comes with a bare-bones 2.0-liter engine, churning out 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. The engine is partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission, and is available with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, the lack of power is noticeable, making it slow off the line and hesitant when pushed to overtake on the highway. Drivers will be more comfortable and confidant with the 184 horsepower, 180 lb-ft of torque found in the 2017 Honda CR-V’s 2.4-liter engine. Like the Hyundai it is offered in front- or all-wheel drive, but instead of a six-speed transmission, it utilizes a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Hyundai does a little better with the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Producing 195 lb-ft of torque, it actually out-twists the 2017 Honda CR-V, whose 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder only has an output of 179 lb-ft. However, the CR-V offers 190 horsepower, while the Tucson only provides 175 horsepower. Translation? The CR-V will continue to be more confident and capable at highway speeds.

EFFICIENCY
Yes26 City MPG No23
Yes33 Highway MPG No31
Yes29 Combined Fuel Economy No26

3/3 Winner

  • City MPG 100%
  • Highway MPG 100%
  • Combined Fuel Economy 100%

Compact Shouldn’t Be a Mindset

Versatility and spaciousness is what provides a crossover vehicle with its advantage over a mid-size family sedan, so why settle for a vehicle that doesn’t live up to those expectations? Both the 2017 Honda CR-V and the Hyundai Tucson offer similar passenger volume in their cabin, although the CR-V offers noticeably more rear hip room for your passengers. The CR-V offers 54.5 inches, while the Tucson expects each passenger to make do with 49.5 inches. When you’ve got a full back seat for a long trip, that can be the difference between peace or pain.

Just as important is a crossover’s ability to carry cargo, and the 2017 Honda CR-V laps the Tucson when it comes to that. With the seats up, there is no contest – the CR-V provides 39.2 cubic feet, while the Tucson only offers 31.0 cubic feet. Same deal when you fold the rear seats, as the Tucson only increases to 61.9 cubic feet while the CR-V is well over 70 cubic feet. We’re talking 2-3 bags of mulch here – nothing to shrug at.

USABILITY
Yes413.1 City Range No377.2
Yes520.2 Highway Range No508.4
Yes70.9 Cargo Capacity No61.9
Yes104.1 Passenger Volume No101.9
 

4/4 Winner

  • City MPG 100%
  • Highway MPG 100%
  • Combined Fuel Economy 100%

Safe and Sound

Regardless of power and versatility, if a driver doesn’t feel safe and is not confident that they, along with their passengers, are protected to the utmost extent, they won’t be comfortable in a vehicle. Both the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2017 Hyundai Tucson have performed superbly in crash testing, but when it comes to active and passive safety equipment, the Tucson still has room for improvement.

Both the 2017 Honda CR-V and the Tucson offer Blind Spot Detection, but while the Tucson offers it on its top two trims, the CR-V makes it standard on all but the base model. That goes for features such as Lane Change Assist as well. It goes beyond that though – while Honda provides Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist as standard features on all but the base CR-V, the Tucson only offers Lane Departure Warning as an added option on its top model, and doesn’t offer Lane Keeping Assist at all.

Standard or Optional?

One area where Hyundai just can’t break away from its reputation for being a bargain-basement brand is in how it metes out its available technology and features. For instance, both the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2017 Hyundai Tucson offer Android Auto/Apple CarPlay. For the Hyundai, you need to get the top model – it’s not available elsewhere. For the CR-V, it is available on all but the base model. Larger audio display with upgraded system, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control? Same deal. HD Radio and satellite navigation? Standard on the top CR-V and available on the EX-L trim, but again in the Hyundai, only available on the top trim.

Of course, we shouldn’t just pick on Hyundai – it is the same regardless of the compact crossover you look at. No compact crossover on the market offers the range of features, across a range of trims, like the 2017 Honda CR-V does. That is what puts it ahead of the Hyundai Tucson, and cements its place at the top of the compact crossover mountain.

 

9/9 Winner

  • Over all 100%
KBB.com 16 Best Family Cars   KBB.com Best Buy Award   U.S. News Best Cars for Families   2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+   NHTSA 5-Star Safety Ratings

2016 Honda CR-V is the clear winner!

With advantages in areas from performance to efficiency, the Honda CR-V scores a clear victory over the Hyundai Tucson. Honda has crafted the CR-V over the years, molding it into a top-tier crossover in the segment. Competitors like the Hyundai Tucson may have some appeal, but adding up the numbers shows consumers that the new CR-V is the best choice when it comes to overall value.

Critics find the Tucson’s interior materials lacking. Although they aren’t terrible, you won’t be blown away. In the lower trim models, the materials are mostly hard plastics. It’s only when you get to the top-of-the-line model that leather stitching is added to the dashboard – but for the price, it’s still underwhelming.” – U.S News and World Reports

“Honda’s numerous upgrades to the popular CR-V have resulted in a compact crossover that’s better positioned than ever to do battle in this competitive segment… no other competitor offers such a well-rounded package as this more efficient, more refined, and better-equipped CR-V does.” – Automobile Magazine

Current CR-V Incentives

2018  CR-V

AWD CVT LX

$269

Per month for 36 months

Featured Special Lease

$269.00 per month for 36 months. $2,199.00 total due at signing

Example closed end 36 month lease for 2018 CR-V AWD LX AT (RW6J3JEW) available from 7/6/18 - 9/4/18, $269 per month, $2,199.00 total due at signing includes down payment with no security deposit. For well qualified lessees approved by Honda Financial Services. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. MSRP $26,645 includes destination, excludes tax, license, title, registration, documentation fees, options, insurance and the like). Actual net capitalized cost $24,732.78 Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee. Dealer contribution required and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $9,684.00. Option to purchase at lease end $15,987.45. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by 9/4/18. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear and 15¢/mile over 12,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP less than $30,000, and 20¢/mile over 12,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP of $30,000 or more. See your Honda dealer for complete details.

2018  CR-V

2WD CVT LX

$259

Per month for 36 months

Featured Special Lease

$259.00 per month for 36 months. $1,999.00 total due at signing

Example closed end 36 month lease for 2018 CR-V 2WD LX AT (RW5J3JEW) available from 7/6/18 - 9/4/18, $259 per month, $1,999.00 total due at signing includes down payment with no security deposit. For well qualified lessees approved by Honda Financial Services. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. MSRP $25,245 includes destination, excludes tax, license, title, registration, documentation fees, options, insurance and the like). Actual net capitalized cost $23,578.99 Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee. Dealer contribution required and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $9,324.00. Option to purchase at lease end $15,147. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by 9/4/18. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear and 15¢/mile over 12,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP less than $30,000, and 20¢/mile over 12,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP of $30,000 or more. See your Honda dealer for complete details.

2018  CR-V

CVT LX

1.9 %

APR for 24-36 months

Special HFS A.P.R. Financing

1.9% APR for 24-36 months or 2.9% APR for 37-60 months

Special APR offer valid on new and unregistered 2018 CR-V Models from 7/6/18 - 9/4/18, to well qualified buyers on approved credit by Honda Financial Services through participating dealers. 1.9% for 24-36 Months, 2.9% for 37-60 Months. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by 9/4/18. Not all buyers may qualify. Higher rates apply for buyers with lower credit ratings. Example for 2018 CR-V: 1.9% for 36 months financing at $28.60 a month for every $1,000.00 financed. Dealers set actual prices. See your Honda dealer for details.

Fuel economy estimates and driving range based on EPA test data. Your actual driving distance will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle. Based on 2014-2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors. Complete comparison details can be found at https://automobiles.honda.com/tools/compare/models.aspx. Awards and accolade information can be found at https://automobiles.honda.com/awards/

The 2016 CR-V has been named to the list of 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 in the 2-Row SUV class by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com[1]. Each vehicle was praised for impressive comfort, driving dynamics and family practicality. [1] For more information, visit www.kbb.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. We’re proud to announce that the 2016 Honda CR-V has been named Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com Best Buy of the Year in its respective class of Small SUV/Crossover. [1] For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. U.S. News has recognized the 2016 CR-V as the Best Car for Families in its class of Compact SUV. This vehicle was recognized for its expansive standard features, spacious interior, and safety and reliability ratings. [1] View U.S. News Best Cars at www.usnews.com/cars. The 2016 CR-V Touring has been awarded the coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of its superior crash safety performance. Safety matters most, and the 2016 CR-V earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)1. [1] Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).