2021 Honda HR-V vs. 2021 Hyundai Tucson at Spring Honda in Cranbrook, BC

The crossover SUV brings smart utility into a compact frame, offering excellent driving dynamics and efficiency while allowing you to get more done. The 2021 Honda HR-V is one of the best in this class, thanks to its combination of sporty looks and oversized capability. Read on to learn how it stacks up against the 2021 Hyundai Tucson, with Cranbrook’s premier destination for all things automotive: Spring Honda!

Exterior Design & Features

Honda HR-V Design

The 2021 Honda HR-V offers smart design touches, allowing it to excel during your everyday commute whether you’re looking for a thrilling ride or next-level utility. Sporty looks combine with projector-beam halogen headlights and LED daytime running lights, while available features like a one-touch power moonroof and LED fog lights add both a stylish and performance-based touch. A standard 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat offers serious comfort in the HR-V’s interior along with generous legroom for all passengers, though it’s the 60/40 Split 2nd-Row Magic Seat® that really helps the cargo carrying capability of the 2021 HR-V shine through.

Hyundai Tucson Design

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson has the HR-V beat in terms of length and wheelbase (by millimetres), however, the wider HR-V offers better driving dynamics—hugging the ground around curves and when accelerating. It also offers slightly more cargo room, though it lacks the easy access found thanks to Honda’s 2nd-Row Magic Seat®. It also lacks a bit of the sporty vibe of the HR-V, so if you’re looking for a vehicle with the ability to turn heads you may find the Tucson a little plain. 

Performance & Capability

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson comes with a 2.0L GDI 4-cylinder engine standard, creating a respectable 160 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. This has the 141 horses and 127 lb-ft of torque found in the 2021 Honda HR-V beat. However, for a vehicle meant to handle city driving, the HR-V holds a serious edge in efficiency. This is thanks to Honda’s CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), which provides a much wider power belt for the HR-V to work with. This means no gear hunting, quick acceleration, and an always smooth ride. Compared to the CVT found in the HR-V, the Tucson’s 6-speed automatic transmission is completely pedestrian. Both vehicles also count all-wheel drive as an available option, though it’s a pricier option when added to any of the Hyundai Tucson trims.


The 2021 Honda HR-V offers the same next level safety the manufacturer is famous for, starting with a next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE) frame, dispersing the energy from any potential impact away from the vehicle’s passengers. From there, Honda Sensing™ Technologies come standard, led by Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, and more. The Hyundai Tucson counters with similar, but fewer safety systems, along with their answer to ACE in SUPERSTRUCTURE™. Both vehicles offer exceptional safety, however, when it comes to price the HR-V consistently offers more for less.

Honda HR-V vs. Hyundai Tucson Verdict

At the end of the day, the 2021 Honda HR-V and Hyundai Tucson match up extremely close to each other. The Tucson earns a few extra points when it comes to power, but the thoughtful design, efficiency, and overall look of the HR-V has it pulling ahead. The fact that the HR-V starts at about $2,000 less than the Tucson, and offers more safety features, makes it a smart pick.

The decision is yours to make, though we highly suggest you give us a call, or contact us via the form below to book a test drive in the 2021 Honda HR-V today. We’re confident that one drive is all it will take for you to fall in love with the HR-V—and we’re talking from experience.

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