Trying to pick which crossover SUV to buy can be daunting. There are many of them on the market. Every automaker has at least one, sometimes even two or three. In an effort to help, we thought we’d compare two popular options for you, the Tucson and the RAV4. Take a look.
Here’s our head-to-head comparison of the 2020 Hyundai Tucson SEL and the 2020 Toyota RAV4 XLE.
2020 Hyundai Tucson SEL
2020 Toyota RAV4 XLE
|2.4L 4-cyl||Engine||2.5L 4-cyl|
|181 hp / 175 lb-ft||Horsepower / Torque||203 hp / 184 lb-ft|
|FWD or AWD||Drivetrain||FWD or AWD|
|6-speed shiftable automatic||Transmission||8-speed shiftable automatic|
The 2020 Tucson is exceedingly comfortable to drive in, placing it in the top echelon of its class. During long drives, the Tucson stays comfortable and quiet, even at high speeds. It also handles bumps and irregular road conditions with minimal disruption for its passengers, something that can't be said of most crossovers. The RAV4, on the other hand, doesn’t stay comfy on longer drives, thanks to its flat-bottomed seats. It’s also noticeably noisier in the cabin, with engine noise being particularly bothersome. Its suspension does okay absorbing rough road, but isn’t as refined as the Tucson.
The Tucson is no powerhouse, but it is surprisingly quick and nimble when you lay on the accelerator. This is mostly thanks to the brilliant competent and well-calibrated transmission. It pairs well with the steering and braking ability of the Tucson, both which have excellent feedback and sense of weight. The RAV4 is also lacking in the power department, but it's considerably more noticeable. The transmission it’s paired with is sluggish. Quick maneuvers and hard acceleration both feel lackluster. The steering doesn’t help matters much, as it’s too floaty and unresponsive to instill confidence in the driver.
Interested in the 2020 Hyundai Tucson? Come take it for a test drive.