As America continues its love affair with crossovers, the compact SUV market grows ever more crowded. The Honda CR-V has been a staple in the new Honda lineup for many years, but the new Hyundai Tucson is nipping at its heels. Recently redesigned, the new 2022 Tucson features a more modern look, but looks don’t get you to your destination. The popular 2021 Honda CR-V may have a more mainstream appearance, but it excels in performance, fuel economy and practicality.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited is the top trim for the model, while the 2021 Honda CR-V Touring gets you the most features. Both compact SUVs are similarly priced. The Hyundai comes in at about a grand more at $37,580, while the 2021 CR-V Touring clocks in at $36,325. What do you get for that price? A lot. These top-tier trims feature the most tech goodies and luxurious extras.
Both new compact SUVs offer a single engine option, no matter the trim. The 2022 Tucson runs on a 187 horsepower, 178 lb-ft of torque 2.5L 4-cylinder, while the 2021 CR-V gets a turbocharged 1.5L with 190 horses and 179 lb-ft of torque and is paired with an automatic CVT. Both have standard AWD. Like most compact SUVs, neither will win any races, but the new Honda CR-V beats the Tucson by over one second when comparing their 0-60 times.
What drivers will love about the 2021 Honda CR-V is its smooth handling, controlled cornering, minimal body roll and comfortable ride feel. The 2021 CR-V boasts responsive steering and braking. The Tucson is less impressive with a stiff suspension, rough shifting and a bumpier ride. Both compact SUVs feature a quiet cabin while cruising.
While the 2021 Honda CR-V is in its fifth year of the current generation, the CR-V Touring offers a host of advanced features, including:
- Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
- Wireless charging
- 9-speaker premium audio system
- Power moonroof
- Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
- Front and 2nd-row USB ports
- Heated front seats & steering wheel
- Driver attention monitor
The new 2022 Hyundai Tucson does offer a few more modern niceties, including a 10.25-inch touchscreen compared to Honda’s 7-inch touchscreen. The Tucson also features a new surround-view camera system, heated and ventilated front seats, and some other of-the-moment features, including ambient lighting.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it usually comes down to personal preference whether one car looks more appealing. The new Tucson benefits from more modern styling thanks to its redesign for the 2022 model year. However, it is futuristic and geometric compared to the curvier look of the 2021 CR-V.
Inside, the cabins are similar in both the 2021 CR-V Touring and the 2022 Tucson Limited. Each features a spacious interior and premium materials, including brushed satin, faux wood accents and chromed trim. Enjoy leather-trimmed seats and power-adjustable driver’s seats in either model.
The new 2021 Honda CR-V features the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety features, which includes:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System™
- Blind Spot Information System w/Cross Traffic Monitor
- Road Departure Mitigation System
- Adaptive Cruise Control w/ Low-Speed Follow
- Lane Keeping Assist System
The Hyundai Tucson also includes many of the same safety features. But Honda is renowned for reliability and its impeccable safety record. Hyundai’s safety tech simply isn’t as advanced as Honda’s.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson can get up to 26 mpg combined, or 29 mpg on the highway. The 2021 Honda CR-V boasts up to 32 mpg on the highway or 29 mpg combined*. Pretty impressive for an all-wheel-drive SUV!
If modern looks and the absolute latest tech features are the most important to you, you may prefer the 2022 Hyundai Tucson. However, if you value a comfortable ride with responsive handling and better gas mileage, then the 2021 Honda CR-V is the compact SUV for you. Both new models offer similar cabin comfort and premium features. And while the safety features are similar, Honda automobiles have some of the best track records for automotive safety. You’ll also get better gas mileage in the new 2021 Honda CR-V.
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*2021 Honda CR-V: 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.