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Toyota RAV4 Prime vs Hyundai Tucson PHEV: Which Hybrid Compact Crossover is Right for You?

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Take a look down the nearest street. Chances are, you’ll spot at least one Toyota RAV4.

For a few years now, Toyota’s bread-and-butter crossover has been the undisputed sales champ not just of the segment, but of all passenger vehicles outside pickups. It is the cute-ute everyone is aiming for.

That includes Hyundai, which gave its Tucson crossover a dramatic overhaul for 2022. Bigger and better-equipped than before, the Tucson also offers available hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. Yes, just like the RAV4. It’s clear Hyundai has Toyota in its sights, but which one is better suited to your needs? Let’s dive in and find out.

Cabin Space

RAV4: The RAV4 is shorter bumper-to-bumper than the Tucson. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Toyota comes up behind on the space race.

Tucson: The Tucson has gone from one of the most compact crossovers to one of the largest … compact crossovers.

Bottom Line: These two are fairly close on most measurements, but drivers and passengers alike will appreciate the added leg room in the Tucson.

Cargo Space and Towing

Bottom Line: Any way you slice it, the Tucson comes out ahead. It’ll hold more, and it’ll pull more.

Technology and Features

Bottom Line: The Tucson takes an early lead when comparing base models. Both it and the RAV4 are close in the more common mid-level trims though. The gap widens again at the top end, where the Tucson boasts more useful and convenient tech.


Bottom Line: Both of these vehicles pack in a lot of key safety tech even in base form. In that sense, they’re tied. The Tucson inches ahead when comparing top trims, thanks to its clever blind-spot view monitor and Highway Driving Assist.


Bottom Line: Something something subjectivity. The RAV4 is the segment best-seller, so it’s safe to say people like how it looks—or at least don’t dislike it, which is subtly different. The Tucson’s dramatic design would by default stand out more.


Bottom Line: The Tucson undercuts the RAV4 across the board; you can essentially add AWD onto the base car for the price of a front-drive RAV4.

In Conclusion

Considering the only vehicles out-selling the RAV4 are pickups, Toyota has obviously found the sweet spot with its compact crossover. We can’t deny that.

However, we rate the new Tucson very highly. It does nearly everything the RAV4 does, but better. The Tucson is a well-equipped package at an excellent price.

With both models ONLY available by sold order (up to 24 months for the RAV4 and 4-6 months for the Tucson) why wait – get yourself on the list for a 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV.

Written By Kyle Patrick (autoguide .com) Jun 10, 2021


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