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


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.


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.

Learn More about the Hyundai Tucson

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.

Learn More about the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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.

2016 Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4

The 2016 Subaru Outback and the 2016 Toyota RAV4 are two of the most refreshing mid-size crossovers available. Both are big on modern safety equipment, spacious seating, and modern style. Before you purchase your new crossover, read our side-by-side comparison to find out which model best suits your needs.

2016 Outback vs Toyota Rav4

Power and Performance

This race was nearly too close to call, but the 2016 Subaru Outback’s standard all-wheel drive and impressive fuel economy helps it take the lead. Its 2.5-liter, horizontally opposed boxer four-cylinder engine produces 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque for a smooth, refined ride. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission to maximize fuel-efficiency, earning up to 25 city/33 highway mpg. For additional power, test-drive the 3.6R model, which boosts engine output to 256 horses and 247 pound-feet of torque.

The Toyota RAV4 is similarly equipped, with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 176 horses and 172 pound-feet of torque. On the road, it’s comfortable and competent. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic that delivers smooth, responsive gearshifts. Front-wheel drive is standard, but you can add all-wheel drive for optimal performance during wet weather.


The 2016 Subaru Outback impresses with its excellent crash test scores and advanced safety features. In government crash tests, the Outback earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Outback its best score of “Good.” High-tech systems – including blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert – warn you of potential danger to help you avoid careless accidents.

The Toyota RAV4 isn’t far behind, offering its own high-tech features and driver peace of mind. Toyota’s Bird’s Eye View Monitor system includes four cameras on the RAV4’s front, side, and rearview mirrors that help guide you into parallel parking spaces. The pre-collision technology can apply braking force if it senses an impending crash.

Cabin Space and Comfort

The 2016 Subaru Outback’s functional, clean-cut cabin earns our vote of confidence. High-quality materials – including soft-touch items and wood-tone accents – offer an air of luxury. Up front, you’ll love the Outback’s generously padded seats. The rear seats provide substantial space for easygoing road trips. Behind the rear seats, you can fill 35.5 cubic feet of space with weekend bags and grocery hauls. Use the seat’s fold-down levers to expand the cargo hold to a maximum of 73.3 cubes in seconds.

The RAV4 isn’t short on interior style and modern convenience. Dual-zone automatic climate control maintains the perfect cabin temperature, no matter the weather. Niceties like heated front seats and simulated leather upholstery enhance interior luxury.

High-Tech Convenience Features:

Both models are big on modern technology, but we especially like the Toyota RAV4’s new lineup. Standard Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity lets you stream your favorite podcasts and Internet radio stations. The 7-inch touchscreen interface is responsive, giving you easy access to handy infotainment apps. Use the navigation system to get wherever you need to go.

Of course, the 2016 Subaru Outback has plenty of its own high-tech conveniences. The Starlink infotainment interface delivers intuitive, easy-to-use menus and apps that keep you connected on the go. Smartphone integration means you can stream apps like Pandora and Aha. With the upgraded Harman Kardon audio system, you’ll maximize entertainment value with crystal-clear sound.

Learn More about the Subaru Outback

While we like both the 2016 Subaru Outback and the Toyota Rav4 crossovers, the Outback definitely has the overall edge. Its engine options help create a smooth, fuel-efficient ride. Standard all-wheel drive makes the Outback a great pick for drivers who live in rainy or snowy climates. Inside, the cabin is classy and comfortable, creating a great atmosphere for lengthy commutes or family road trips. Use modern tech features to stay connected and protected. Come in and test drive the Outback today!