2018 Hyundai Tucson vs Honda CR-V

2018 Hyundai Tucson vs Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a critics' favorite for its interior quality, cabin space, and balanced performance. But there are a few areas in which the CR-V can't always compete. We'll go over them in this comparison guide and show you why the 2018 Hyundai Tucson might offer a better value.

Safety: Tie

If there's an area you don't want to skimp, it's safety. Compact SUVs today are family cars and, accordingly, manufacturers are working hard to keep the kids secure. So let's first take a look at the Tucson's crash test ratings. Both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Hyundai top marks for safety. You can also stock up on active safety features like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Life-saving rear view cameras come standard.

Meanwhile, the Honda CR-V earned the same crash test ratings and both it and the Tucson received the IIHS Top Safety Pick distinction. The CR-V has many of the same safety features as well, so this first category is an even match.

Pricing: 2018 Hyundai Tucson

Knowing that both the Tucson and CR-V are equally safe, let's see how they compare price-wise. The 2018 Hyundai Tucson starts at $22,500. That's one of the lowest in this class, all without skimping on safety. For just $1250 more, you can go up to the SEL trim and get power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and rear cross traffic alert. Believe it or not, a Tucson with all that is still cheaper than the lowest-priced CRV.

By comparison, the 2018 Honda CR-V starts at $24,250. Like the Tucson, a lot of advanced safety features are locked away until you go up a trim. But that already puts you at $27,050. Bottom line, you can easily end up paying thousands more for a similarly equipped CR-V.

Reliability and Warranty: 2018 Hyundai Tucson

Low prices don't mean a thing if the vehicle doesn't last or is in need of constant repair. That's why a sign of true value is a great warranty and reliability score. The Hyundai Tucson offers a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. That's one of the best in the class. The Tucson earned a 4 out of 5 in reliability, proving this Hyundai is well above average.

On the other hand, the Honda warranty is only half the length of time as Hyundai's. And the CR-V scored only a 3 out of 5 from JD Power and Associates, demonstrating only average reliability. If you want a car that lasts and lasts with minimal repair and a warranty that might extend for as long as you own the vehicle, consider the Tucson. This Hyundai might not have the frills of the CR-V, but the Tucson has it where it counts.