Compact SUVs like the Hyundai Tucson and the Toyota RAV4 are great for getting around Ithaca, Vestal, and Sayre. They offer a comfortable ride, tons of safety features, and are capable of turning on a dime. To help you decide which one's right for you, the team at Maguire Hyundai put together this Hyundai Tucson vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison. Contact us today to learn more!

Passenger Space

The Hyundai Tucson and the Toyota RAV4 both offer comfortable seating for up to five people. Amenities like power adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available in both models.

The Hyundai offers more room to relax, though. It features 102.2 cubic feet of passenger space. That's enough room for taller drivers to get comfortable behind the wheel. There's 39.6 inches of headroom up front and 41.5 inches of front legroom. Your passengers in the back can also stretch out with 38.2 inches of rear legroom.

The Toyota RAV4 may feel like a tight squeeze with only 98.9 cubic feet of passenger space. You'll also notice the difference from behind the wheel. There's only 37.7 inches of headroom and 41 inches of legroom up front. The back seat is also a little cramped with just 37.8 inches of legroom.

The Hyundai also offers a more stylish interior. It gives you a choice between cloth seats and leather upholstery. Plus, you can let in some fresh air with a panoramic sunroof. The Toyota doesn't offer leather seats. It's only available with cloth or SofTex® upholstery. A moonroof is available, but it doesn't offer a sunroof.


The best SUVs are the ones that are both capable and maneuverable. The Hyundai Tucson is designed to deliver the kind of nimble steering you'd expect from a compact car. It stands 176.4 inches long, 72.8 inches wide, and 64.8 inches tall. This design helps it squeeze into tight parking spots and pull off a 34.9-foot curb-to-curb turning circle.

The Toyota RAV4 is a bit bigger at 180.9 inches long, 73 inches wide, and 67 inches tall. This takes away from its agility and requires more space to turn around. Its curb-to-curb turning diameter measures 37.4 feet.

Safety Features

Whether you're going on a camping trip, heading to work, or taking the kids to school, it's important for an SUV to give you peace of mind. The Hyundai Tucson does just that with a solid design and lots of safety features.

It's built with a front crumple zone designed to absorb energy during a collision. Inside, you'll be protected by front seatbelt pretensioners and an advanced airbag system. Passengers in the back will also be safe with roof-mounted side-curtain airbags and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH).

There's also plenty of driver-assist technology that can help you avoid accidents. Features like Lane Keeping Assist and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist come standard and give you more awareness. There's even a Driver Attention Warning that can remind you to keep your eyes on the road or take a break when it senses drowsy or distracted driving.

The Toyota RAV4 also features crumple zones, airbags that cover both rows of seats, and LATCH. It even includes some driver-assistance features. However, the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 system doesn't offer anything that monitors how you're driving, like the Driver Attention Warning in the Tucson.

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Visit Maguire Hyundai to learn more about this Hyundai Tucson vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison and take a test drive. The Hyundai Tucson offers drivers in Ithaca, Vestal, and Sayre a safe, agile, and comfortable ride.

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