Among compact SUVs, two popular choices are the 2022 Honda CR-V and the 2022 Hyundai Tucscon. Both deliver room for five passengers and offer hybrid powertrains. Here’s how they stack up.
2022 Honda CR-V
Above Average: Available hybrid version; roomy interior; available all-wheel drive; Honda’s reliability and resale value.
Below Average: Entry-level model is missing basics like Apple CarPlay; infotainment is not so user-friendly.
Consensus: The Honda CR-V earns kudos for its fuel efficiency, spacious accommodations, and impressive resale value. The addition of a hybrid model expands the appeal to those looking for maximum fuel economy.
2022 Hyundai Tucson
Above Average: Long factory warranty; three years free scheduled maintenance; hybrid and plug-in-hybrid models; available all-wheel drive.
Below Average: No volume or tuning knobs for the audio system; styling might not be for everyone; awkward pushbutton shifter.
Consensus: Underneath its wild sheetmetal, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson has a spacious cabin and offers loads of high-end features. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants add to the Tucson’s appeal.
CR-V vs. Tucson: Spacious and Sophisticated
The secret to the Honda CR-V’s popularity is that it does nearly everything well. A 190-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine hooked to a well-programmed continuously variable transmission (CVT) provides adequate acceleration and good fuel economy. It earns an EPA combined rating of 30 mpg with front-wheel drive (FWD) and 29 mpg with all-wheel drive (AWD), which is standard on the Touring and optional elsewhere.
You can also choose the CR-V Hybrid with standard all-wheel drive and 212 horsepower from its gas-electric powertrain that uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The hybrid model returns 38 mpg and as a bonus is smoother and more refined. Either version offers a pleasant ride and capable handling.
The interior is among the segment’s most spacious, if not the most luxurious. All CR-Vs except the base trim use a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, although more buttons and a tuning knob would be welcome.
All models include the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist features that includes forward-collision warning with automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise. However, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert aren’t on the base LX.
The Hyundai Tucson is freshly redesigned for 2022 and is larger, has eye-catching new styling, and features new tech. The Tucson is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 187 horsepower mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and is available with front- or all-wheel drive.
New to the range is the Tucson Hybrid with 226 horsepower and standard AWD. There’s also a Tucson Plug-in Hybrid. EPA combined fuel economy for the base engine is 29 mpg (FWD) and 26 mpg (AWD), with the Hybrid at 37 to 38 mpg. The PHEV, meanwhile, has an estimated 261 horsepower and offers 32 miles of electric range.
Wild new styling adorns a body that’s larger than before and rides on a longer wheelbase. Passenger space is generous and cargo space has increased as well. The interior boasts lots of available tech. An 8-inch touchscreen is standard, while a 10.25-inch unit with navigation is in upper trims, though its lack of physical volume and tuning knobs maybe be off-putting. A digital instrument cluster is available as well.
The Tucson is available in SE, SEL, SEL Convenience, N Line, SEL Premium, and Limited trim levels. The Hybrid trims are Blue, SEL Convenience, and Limited. Upper trims have a robust list of tech features such as adaptive cruise control, wireless charging, and heated front and rear seats.
Hybrid and AWD options; base engine horsepower; starting price; cargo space.
2022 Honda CR-V Advantages
Resale value; reputation for reliability.
2022 Hyundai Tucson Advantages
Available plug-in hybrid; long warranty; free scheduled maintenance.
Which One is Right for Me?
The 2022 Honda CR-V is the quintessential compact SUV. It delivers comfort, good fuel economy, and high resale value in an affordable package.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson offers a little bit of something for everyone, including available all-wheel drive and two hybrid options. Adding more appeal are the long warranty and free maintenance.
Ready to buy a Honda CR-V or Hyundai Tucson? Shop for one on sale now near you.
|2022 Honda CR-V||2022 Hyundai Tucson|
|Engine||1.5-liter turbo I4||2.5-liter I4|
|Horsepower||190 hp @ 5,600 rpm||187 hp @ 6,100 rpm|
|Torque||179 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm||182 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm|
|Fuel Economy||30 mpg (28 city/34 hwy)||29 mpg (26 city/33 hwy)|
|Also Available||2.0-liter I4 Hybrid; AWD||Hybrid; PHEV; AWD|
|Basic Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||10 years/100,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety||5 stars||n/a|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||104.8 inches||108.5 inches|
|Overall Length||182.1 inches||182.3 inches|
|Width||73.0 inches||73.4 inches|
|Height||66.1 inches||65.6 inches|
|Turning Diameter||37.4 feet||38.6 feet|
|Headroom, Front||40.1 inches||40.1 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||39.2 inches||39.5 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.3 inches||41.4 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||40.4 inches||41.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||57.9 inches||57.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||55.6 inches||56.0 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||105.9 cubic feet||108.2 cubic feet|
|EPA Cargo Volume||39.2/75.8 cubic feet||38.7/74.8 cubic feet|
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