Compact SUVs are one of the hottest segments in the automotive industry. These vehicles combine great cargo room, ample passenger space for five, all-wheel drive capability, and increasingly better fuel economy at a relatively affordable price. Compact SUVs can be purchased at a price similar to midsize sedans but can offer much more. If you are in the market for a compact SUV or any affordably priced new vehicle, a 2011 Honda CR-V vs. 2011 Hyundai Tucson comparison is worth investigating.
The CR-V and Tucson are two of the most popular compact SUVs on the roads. They are both four-cylinder SUV models without a V-6 option, have passenger seating for five, and optional all-wheel drive. In its fifth model year of its current generation, the CR-V was the best selling SUV in the United States in 2010. The 2010 Tucson was significantly redesigned and it received minor updates for 2011. Hyundai and its sister company Kia have been on a roll. They have made significant strides in quality, safety, and sales in the past couple years.
The CR-V offers a 2.4-liter 180 horsepower four-cylinder engine. It comes standard with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The CR-V comes in three trim lines: LX, SE, and EX. The CR-V has an attractive design, especially in EX trim. Where this model stands out is in cargo room. It offers an impressive 35.7 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 72.9 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats down, which is close to what several more expensive mid-size SUV models offer such as the Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Nissan Murano. The CR-V is assembled in Japan.
The Tucson has a 2.4-liter 176 horsepower four-cylinder engine. It comes standard with a new 6-speed automatic transmission, which helps improve fuel economy. The Tucson comes in three trim lines: GS, GLS, and Limited. The Tucson has a more aggressive, sporty style than the CRV. However, this compromises its cargo room as it offers 25.7 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 55.8 cubic feet with the seats folded down, nearly ¼ less than the CR-V. The Tucson is assembled in Hyundai’s home country of South Korea.
In terms of prices and fuel economy, these models are very close. A CR-V LX with all-wheel drive, cloth seats, power door locks, power windows, ABS, traction control, and air-conditioning has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $22,945. This model gets an EPA rated 21-mpg city and 27-mpg highway. A Tucson LX with all-wheel drive and similar features has an MSRP of $23,645. It gets EPA estimated fuel economy of 21-mpg city and 28-mpg highway.
A 2011 Honda CR-V vs. 2011 Hyundai Tucson comparison shows the differences between these top compact SUV models. Consumer Reports Magazine’s test score for CR-V is slightly higher than the Tucson. However, prospective buyers should test drive both models prior to making a purchase as each driver’s experience and needs is different.
Both models are two of the top compact SUVs. The Tucson made Canadian Driver’s Top 2011 SUVs list, while the CR-V did not. And as for safety, the Tucson rated higher in crash test ratings from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety earning a top 2011 safety pick designation, while the CR-V did not.
Prospective buyers should also keep in mind that an all-new 2012 CRV, its fourth generation, is slated to debut this fall. Other competitors in this class include the Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV-4, Nissan Rogue, Chevrolet Equinox, and the Kia Sportage, which is the Tucson’s sister model.