2018 Hyundai Tucson vs Toyota RAV4

When looking for a family SUV, take time to look at what you really get out of the purchase. Will the SUV last and last? Will it cost an arm and a leg to maintain and fuel. What if it does break down? How does it hold up in an accident? How well does it help you avoid accidents. In this comparison guide, we'll explore these questions and give you some answers. Two great sport utility vehicles for families are the 2018 Hyundai Tucson and the Toyota RAV4. But which is better?

Price and Warranty: 2018 Hyundai Tucson

Real value is hard to calculate. Buying a car is an investment, but is it a good one? If you can start with a great price and pair it with a great warranty, purchasing a car can be a good investment. The 2018 Hyundai Tucson's base model is only $22,550. Hyundai throws in an outstanding five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Low price, great warranty. That's what we call a good investment.

The Toyota RAV4 is a little more expensive and has a worse warranty. The RAV4 starts at $24,660 and theToyota warranty lasts three years or 36,000 miles and five years or 60,000-mile for the powertrain. On those grounds, we think the Tucson has better value. At the absolute least, it's a safer investment--but you'll see that we think it's the smarter one too.

Safety: 2018 Hyundai Tucson

You care about your passengers, so safety and reliability are important. You want to protect them from harm and breaking down on the side of the road can be frustrating and frightening. The 2018 Hyundai Tucson can bring peace of mind with its safety record. The Tucson earned a well-deserved Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star crash test rating from the National Traffic Safety Administration. On top of that, available safety features include lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

The RAV4 did less well. This Toyota received a Poor rating on one of its IIHS crash tests and only four of five stars in rollover and frontal crash tests from NHTSA. To its credit, the RAV4 boasts standard pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control and optional front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a 360-view camera.

Fuel Economy: 2018 Hyundai Tucson

If you're looking to save, another way to keep value returning again and again is to have stellar fuel economy. The 2018 Hyundai Tucson's 175-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four engine gets up to 25 city miles and 30 highway miles per gallon while the best the Toyota RAV4's 176-horsepower 2.5-liter inline-four engine gets is 23 city and 29 highway miles per gallon. So continues the trend of the RAV4 being good but the Tucson always coming in a little better.