Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2018 Hyundai Tucson Near Greenville, NC

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Hyundai Tucson

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Tucson doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the Tucson 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 25 percent more Honda dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 61 points higher than the Tucson.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (184 vs. 164) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE/SEL’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V LX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (184 vs. 175) than the Tucson Value/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (190 vs. 175) than the Tucson Value/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the CR-V LX is faster than the Tucson 2.0 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

11 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Tucson:







2.4 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto


1.5 Turbo/Auto

28 city/34 hwy

25 city/30 hwy



2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto


1.5 Turbo/Auto

27 city/33 hwy

24 city/28 hwy


The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Tucson doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Tucson:





60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Tucson (235/65R17 vs. 225/60R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (8.2 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Tucson doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Tucson doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tucson (105.9 vs. 102.2).

The CR-V has .5 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tucson.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Tucson with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 31 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Tucson with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 61.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Tucson doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Tucson doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Tucson doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Tucson’s standard power window’s switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and its driver’s window also automatically closes. With the Tucson SEL/Value/Limited’s power windows, only the driver’s window opens or closes automatically.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Tucson can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Tucson’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tucson doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the CR-V and the Tucson offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Tucson doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Tucson doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Tucson because it costs $468 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Tucson, including $202 less for a water pump and $179 less for an alternator.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda CR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Hyundai Tucson isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Tucson isn’t in the top three in its category.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Tucson has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Hyundai Tucson by over three to one during 2017.

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