Reliable SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson are great options for both families and commuters. They offer convenient cargo room and dependable powertrains. Plus, they can help keep you safe in any conditions.

You may be wondering, though, which SUV is right for you. To help drivers in Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton decide, Maguire Toyota put this Toyota RAV4 vs. Hyundai Tucson comparison together.

Specs & Fuel Economy

The Toyota RAV4 can get up to an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.[i] To deliver that impressive fuel economy, the vehicle runs on a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). This allows it to be efficient and get up to 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

The Hyundai Tucson doesn't offer the same sort of fuel economy. It can only get up to an EPA-estimated 23 MPG city and 30 MPG highway. It also doesn't produce as much power, as its 2.4L 4-cylinder engine provides just 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.

Cargo Room & Towing Capacity

Both SUVs offer seating for up to five people and lots of cargo room. To help you load up when you've got your hands full, each one offers a convenient hands-free power liftgate, plus 60/40 split fold-flat rear seats to help you make more room.


Once you've got the trunk open, though, you'll see that the Toyota RAV4 can carry a lot more. It features 37.6 cubic feet of space in the trunk and 69.8 cubic feet of cargo room with the back seats folded. It can also help you bring some extra gear by towing up to 3,500 pounds, when properly equipped.

The Hyundai Tucson is significantly smaller inside. There's only 31 cubic feet of space in the trunk and just 61.9 cubic feet of cargo room with the seats folded. It's also not able to haul as much behind it, with a maximum 2,000-pound towing capacity.

Safety & Driver Assistance Features

A dependable SUV should give you peace of mind too. The Toyota RAV4 delivers on that with eight airbags and Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0. This system of driver-assistance features comes standard and can help prevent accidents with features like:

  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Automatic High Beams

The Hyundai Tucson offers some similar driver-assistance features, but they don't come standard on every trim the way Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 does. The interior doesn't have as much protection, either, with only six airbags.

Test Drive a Compact SUV

Visit Maguire Toyota to test drive the safe, spacious, and efficient Toyota RAV4. It offers lots of cargo room, great fuel economy, and peace of mind to drivers and families in Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton.

To learn more about everything the vehicle has to offer, along with this Toyota RAV4 vs. Hyundai Tucson comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.

[i] 2019 EPA-estimated 26 city/35 hwy/30 combined MPG for RAV4 LE FWD, XLE FWD, XLE Premium FWD, and Limited FWD; 27 city/34 hwy/30 combined MPG for LE AWD; 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined MPG for XLE AWD, XLE Premium AWD, Adventure, and Limited AWD; and 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined MPG for RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XSE Hybrid, and Limited Hybrid. Actual mileage will vary.

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