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The 2018 Hyundai Tucson vs. The 2018 Toyota RAV4

Finding the right compact SUV can take plenty of effort – it’s one of the most popular classes of vehicle out there. Of course, that means that every carmaker is trying to cash in on it.

Here at Freedom Hyundai of Hamburg, we help car buyers to make decisions on what they will drive now, and well into the future. Your new vehicle isn’t just a purchase, it’s an investment. It will be part of your everyday life.

Blue 2019 Hyundai Tucson in front of a city skyline

Which SUV has a better Engine, the Hyundai Tucson or Toyota RAV4?

With a bulldog front end and an athletic stance, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson looks like an SUV should. Even when its standing still, it looks brawny and ready to go, like a football linebacker. The RAV4 looks odd, at best – the pointed front end, slit headlights and downward-sloping roofline are futuristic and awkward.

The Tucson matches performance to the look. Three different engines let you choose how much power you want. Go with the base 2.0-liter engine for adequate, efficient power that is perfect for driving home from Hazleton. The Sport trim features a 2.4-liter engine with a bump in power, providing 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, giving it more get-up-and-go. At the top of the line is the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of hard-charging torque that provides instant response off the line.

The RAV4, on the other hand, offers a single underpowered 2.5-liter engine. With 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque, it’s not as potent as the smaller 2.4-liter in the Tucson, and not as responsive as the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. You don’t get an upgrade option either.

Does the Hyundai Tucson or the Toyota RAV4 have more Interior Space?

No one likes riding in the second row on trips, whether it’s a short trip around Hamburg or a longer one to Allentown, Reading, or beyond. If you’re going to have friends in the back, you want them to be comfortable.

If you have normal-sized friends, they won’t enjoy the RAV4. The second row only offers 37.2 inches of leg room and 48.9 inches of hip room, so your friends better enjoy sitting close. If your friends don’t enjoy squishing together in the back, they’ll appreciate you choosing the Hyundai Tucson. The extra leg and head room is great, but the 54.5 inches of rear hip room means you can actually fit three people in the second row comfortably.

Profile view of a blue 2019 Hyundai Tucson parked in front of a building

Is the Hyundai Tucson or the Toyota RAV4 more convenient?

A vehicle should make your life easier. It should add convenience to your everyday life.

With the Proximity Key, standard on all but the top two trims of the Hyundai Tucson, you can get in your car and get on the road without ever having to take your keys out of your pockets. So if you’ve got your hands full with bags and coffee in Reading, you can just walk up, use a free finger to open the door, and get in. The RAV4 offers a similar system, but it is only standard on the top two trim levels.

You might even have enough stacked in your hands that you need to load it up in the cargo area – maybe you were getting all your holiday shopping done at the Hamburg Cabela’s. The Tucson offers a hands-free liftgate that you can open with just the swipe of your foot under the bumper, standard on the top two trim levels. In the RAV4, this is limited to the top trim level only.

Which SUV has better Tech Features, the Hyundai Tucson or the Toyota RAV4?

With the Hyundai Tucson, there’s the Blue Link Connected Car System – the ultimate in constant vehicle connection. Compatible with all the major wearables, smartphones, and lifestyle devices including Apple Watch, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Android and Apple smartphones, it helps you stay connected with your vehicle and get the most out of it. This includes remote start with climate control adjustment, getting your vehicle preheated in the chilly Reading winters. Remote Car Finder and door lock and unlock, making it easy to find your Hyundai in crowded Allentown parking lots and unlock it as you walk. On-demand diagnostics and alerts, keeping you up to date with your Tucson’s status. Toyota doesn’t offer anything close.

Ease-of-use is also important – it doesn’t matter how powerful the infotainment system is. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility standard on all but the base model of the Tucson, you’ll have access to the apps you already have on your smartphone, with a near-identical interface. Toyota forces you to settle for their proprietary Entune App suite, which is neither as powerful nor as easy to adapt to as the Apple and Android systems. This could mean drivers spend more time looking at their screen than they do they roads, and that is dangerous.

Is the Hyundai Tucson or the Toyota RAV4 more Versatile?

Everyone in Hamburg knows that Pennsylvania weather can change in a snap. We could have all four seasons in one day – you might walk out wearing a parka in the morning, and be sporting jeans and a t-shirt in the afternoon. With available heated rear seats and ventilated front seats, the Hyundai Tucson is ready to deal with any weather that comes your way. The RAV4 doesn’t offer them as standards or even as available options.

Of course, you’ve got the Hamburg summers, which can be pretty enjoyable. If you’re driving on the back roads of the region, maybe you want to open up the cabin a bit. The Hyundai Tucson offers a massive panoramic sunroof with one-touch open and rear shade that lets in a ton of sunlight. The power tilt and slide moonroof with sunshade that is on the Toyota RAV4 just can’t offer as much natural lighting.

There’s plenty to love about the Hyundai Tucson, including one thing we haven’t mentioned above – the standard Hyundai warranties. The powertrain is covered for 10 years and 100,000 miles, the best in the business. Corrosion anti-perforation – because we know what road salts can do to a vehicle – is for seven years, with unlimited miles. Toyota only offers 5 years and 60,000 miles on either of them. While we don’t expect you’ll need it, it’s worth having just in case.

Blue Hyundai Tucson driving away on scenic road


Come chat with our team here at Freedom Hyundai in Hamburg, and see for yourself why the new Hyundai Tucson is one of the top choices for an SUV for the commuter, the active couple, or the busy family! We’re easy to get to from Reading and Allentown, and we’ll always give you that hometown service.

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