2017 Hyundai Tucson vs Toyota RAV4

Along with the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling SUVs in the world, and has been for some time now. However, competition is coming from all areas these days, not the least South Korea, so let’s compare the 2017 Hyundai Tucson with the Toyota RAV4 to see how these two crossovers compare.

2017 Hyundai Tucson vs Toyota RAV4

Styling

Some people won’t like the way the Hyundai Tucson looks, but it’s hard to believe that will describe very many. The Tucson may be a bit more conventional than its predecessor, but it’s also handsome, stylish, modern, sporty, and even more than a little premium-looking. It’s now looks like a smaller Santa Fe, but, if anything, the Tucson is even more attractive.

The RAV4 seems to be evolving before our eyes, with so many redesigns and refreshes over the years. It’s almost as if Toyota knows it still hasn’t got the exterior styling quite right, but keeps trying to improve it. The Toyota isn’t an ugly vehicle at all, but its looks are not in the same class as those of the Hyundai.

Power & Performance

A 2.0-liter inline-four producing 164 horsepower is the base engine in the Tucson, which comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A more sophisticated 1.6-liter turbo-four is the alternative, which then gets you as much as 175 horsepower and is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive available with both units.

If we put the hybrid RAV4 to one side as a separate model, that only leaves a single engine in the regular model. That engine is a 2.5-liter inline-four that comes matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and produces 176, which can feel strained when pushed with a full load.

Interior

Apart from front leg room, the interior of the Hyundai Tucson is larger than the cabin of the Toyota RAV4 by almost every measure. The Tucson boasts an impressive 133.2 cu.-ft. of passenger volume, although cargo space isn’t anywhere near as generous as some rivals. The design of the dash and the way the controls are laid out is superb, although the quality of materials does vary.

With just 101.9 cu.-ft. of cargo volume, the RAV4 is no match for the Tucson, but its 73.4 cu.-ft. of cargo space with the rear seats down is much better than the Hyundai’s 61.9 cu.-ft. The new Platinum trim level elevates the comfort and quality of the Toyota to another level, but not having anywhere near as much passenger volume stops it doing better than the Hyundai.

Features & Equipment

Hyundai is a manufacturer synonymous with value for money, so it’s expected that the Tucson offers high levels of standard features. You won’t get a lot of a la carte choice, though, as features tend to be trim level specific, with only the Limited model offering flexibility for adding distinctive options. Base models get all the usual power features, as well as cruise control, air conditioning, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, and a 5.0-inch touchscreen for the included infotainment system.

An entry level RAV4 comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, power features, air conditioning, a tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio and phone controls, cruise control, interior LED lighting, a 12-volt power outlet and very good infotainment system. The XL then adds the likes of dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, and fog lights, so the Toyota just has the edge when it comes to standard features and equipment.

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Even if the Toyota RAV4 was better than the 2017 Hyundai Tucson in every other way, we’d choose the Hyundai for its looks alone. But the Hyundai is at least a match for the Toyota in every other way, and better than it in quite a few. Add to the equation the fact the Tucson is almost $2,000 cheaper than the RAV4, and you won’t be surprised to learn the Tucson is our favorite of the pair.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs Toyota RAV4

As Hyundai continues to unveil more and more upscale and exciting vehicles, it also has to keep upgrading existing models for them to keep up with the rapid pace of development. This year has seen the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport getting the refresh treatment, so let’s see how it now stacks up against one the big names of the compact crossover segment, the Toyota RAV4.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs Toyota RAV4

Styling: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

In the 2017 model year, the Santa Fe Sport benefits from a new front fascia, headlights, trim panels, taillights and rear fascia–so, basically, a lot has changed at least on the surface. The Santa Fe Sport now looks a lot more like the Tucson, which itself was substantially updated just last year. The Santa Fe was already the best-looking SUV in the Hyundai range, and the latest updates have only reinforced that fact.

The Toyota RAV4 has also just been updated and refreshed, although the majority of that work has been focused on the interior in response to customer feedback. On the outside, the RAV4 isn’t going to win many beauty contests–and, if we’re honest, we might be a little flummoxed about how this design could be so popular among so many buyers.

Interior Space and Comfort: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The Santa Fe Sport offers a decent amount of passenger and cargo space, with 108 cu.-ft. of total passenger volume. Good leg and head room in the front and the back, a sliding second-row seat, and a flat-folding front passenger seat make the interior immensely flexible. The materials are good, if not class-leading, the seats are comfortable, and the cabin is quiet.

Toyota has worked hard to improve the RAV4, but the LE and XLE models at the lower end of the trim range can still feel a little sparse. Toyota has added some nice features such as new hard-wearing imitation leather called SofTex, but the interior of the Santa Fe Sport is still a little more welcoming.

Power and Performance: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Two engines are available for the Santa Fe Sport: the base engine is a normally aspirated 2.4-liter inline-four that develops 185 horsepower but the better choice is probably the 2.0-liter turbo-four which puts as much as 240 horsepower at your disposal. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which also has a manual shift mode actuated by the shift lever, and all-wheel drive is available.

Unless you want to go down the hybrid route, the only conventional engine in the RAV4 is a 2.5-liter inline four producing a relatively modest 176 horsepower. That engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the powertrain can feel a little overwhelmed when trying to cope with a full load of passengers and cargo.

Fuel Economy: Toyota RAV4

The standard engine of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is rated at 21 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined, while the more powerful 2.0-liter turbo gets as good as 20/28/23 mpg in front-drive form.

Even without going as far as the hybrid engine option, the RAV4 can offer 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, so this round goes to the Toyota.

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The Toyota RAV4 continues to deliver impressive sales, but the refreshed 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is definitely worth considering if you don’t want to follow the crowd. The Santa Fe Sport is more powerful than the RAV4, has a better interior, has a very similar set of standard and available features, and we think it’s a better buy than the Toyota at the moment.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq vs Toyota Prius

While the Hyundai Ioniq is one of the newest hybrids on the market, the Toyota Prius one of the oldest. Hybrids are now becoming increasingly mainstream with more and more models coming to market all the time. But should you err on the side of history or the newest model? Let’s see how these two compare by putting them head-to-head.

Styling

From day one, hybrids have had a look all their own. When they first came out, they weren’t stylish, but they stood out. The Ioniq probably looks less like a hybrid from the outside than some, but its silhouette still has remnants of the traditional hybrid look. It’s not unattractive, by any means, but it looks like a hybrid.

The Prius has never been a good-looking car, but that didn’t matter when it was the only hybrid around. Buyers used to drive the Prius a a badge of honor to show how they were singlehandedly saving the environment. Times have changed though. The latest model looks like nothing else on the road, which isn’t a good thing for the Prius. This round is an easy win for the Hyundai.

Power & Performance

Until every model has a hybrid option, hybrids will largely be judged by their powertrains first and everything else second. The Ioniq Hybrid is far better and smoother than most of its hybrid competitors, and its electric and plug-in versions are even better. The hybrid pairs a single electric motor with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for a combined power rating of 139 horsepower.

The 1.8-liter four-cylinder and the 53 kW motor power the Prius to a maximum of 121 horsepower, which is much lower than the previous generation’s 134 horsepower. The ride is now smooth and much better than it used to be, but when you look at these engines and take into account fuel efficiency, the Ioniq is triumphant again.

Interior

The Ioniq Hybrid has 96.2 cu.-ft. of passenger volume. If you go purely by the numbers, the interior of the Ioniq actually seems pretty spacious. While the comfort and quality is good, rear seat passengers shouldn’t be too tall or they won’t be enjoying that same comfort. A combination of the gradually sloping roofline and the battery positioned under the rear seat compromises the rear head room.

The outside of the Prius might be “unique” but the interior has gone far more conventional these days–a very good thing. The seats are more supportive and comfortable than ever. You’ll find more soft touch materials and even some of the cheaper plastics have some nice graining for the look you want.

Fuel Economy

Since most hybrids are so close when it comes to mileage, manufacturer focus should be on performance. Since EPA ratings are still all-important for cars like these, though, the Ioniq Hybrid is rated at 57 mpg in the city, 59 mpg on the highway and 58 mpg combined, which is impressive by anyone’s standard.

The Prius has always been first and foremost about fuel-economy, and the Two Eco version of the current model certainly keeps that going with figures of 58 mpg in the city, 53 mpg on the highway and 56 mpg combined. That’s good, but the better combined rating of the Hyundai puts it out in front.

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The Toyota Prius used to sweep the board when it came to hybrid cars, but, despite a recent redesign, the competition has caught up and passed the Toyota. The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is proof, beating the Prius on its home ground of fuel economy as well as in several other key areas.

2016 Subaru Outback vs Toyota Highlander

The 2016 Subaru Outback and the 2015 Toyota Highlander are two of the most inventive and inspired crossovers on the road today. Both provide generous passenger space, modern convenience features, and a swift ride. Before you make a final buying decision, read our side-by-side comparison guide.

2016 Outback vs Toyota Highlander

Power and Performance

With its standard all-wheel drive and optimal fuel economy, the 2016 Subaru Outback is our pick in this important category. The standard 2.5-liter, horizontally opposed boxer four-cylinder generates 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque for an impressive performance. It’s paired with a continuously variable transmission for optimal fuel economy, earning an impressive 25 city/33 highway mpg. The standard all-wheel drive gives you greater control over slick roads. If you require greater power, test-drive the Outback 3.6R, which boosts engine output to 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque.

The Toyota Highlander competes well in this category. Its base engine is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder that makes 185 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. For enhanced performance, check out the 3.5-liter V6 engine, which produces 270 horses and 248 pound-feet of torque. Choose between standard front- and optional all-wheel drive for optimal traction.

Passenger Comfort

Here the 2016 Subaru Outback has the edge. Its clean-cut interior is both practical and supremely comfortable. Up front, you’ll enjoy generous padding and support during your daily ride. The rear seat is big on head- and legroom. Behind the rear seats, you can fill 35.5 cubic feet of cargo space with your favorite Sunday fun day gear. Use the fold-down levers for easy access to 73.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.

Of course, the Toyota Highlander puts up a good fight. In addition to its roomy front and middle rows, the Highlander adds a third row that’s great for kids. From behind the wheel, you’ll enjoy modern ergonomics and easy access to important controls. Niceties like leather upholstery set a stylish tone. Fold down the rear seats to create 83.7 cubes of max cargo space – perfect for ferrying large items.

Modern Convenience

When it comes to modern technology, the Highlander is our pick. The driver voice amplification feature makes it easy to communicate with passengers in the rear seats. Use the 110-volt power outlet to keep devices fully charged on the go. The Entune infotainment system is easy to use and offers handy apps and smartphone integration.

The 2016 Subaru Outback is also big on high-tech features. Its Starlink infotainment interface is intuitive and responsive, keeping you connected from anywhere. Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity means you can make hands-free calls. The Harman Kardon stereo system enhances your favorite Internet radio stations with its crystal-clear sound

Safety

Both models deliver excellent passenger standards in passenger protection, but the 2016 Subaru Outback takes the lead. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave the Outback its top score of “Good.” Advanced safety technology – including lane-departure warning – scans surrounding areas and alerts you to potential danger. The new EyeSight driver assist technology can detect pedestrians, helping you maintain optimal safety at night.

The Toyota Highlander isn’t far behind. It also earned similar safety scores and offers high-tech systems, including rear cross-traffic alert. Like the Outback, the Highlander comes standard with a long list of items to help you maintain authority over difficult weather conditions, such as antilock disc brakes and traction and stability control.

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Although both the 2016 Subaru Outback and Toyota Highlander crossovers have plenty of appeal, we favor the Outback overall. Its cabin is comfortable and spacious – perfect for your big family or a pack of friends. Modern gadgets help keep you connected and protected. The Outback’s engine options supply plenty of power for a swift, comfortable trip. Come in and test drive the Outback today!