2023 Hyundai Tucson vs Honda CR-V Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Sep 05, 2022

Two familiar models battle it out once again.

In this article...

  1. Diesel compact crossover duel
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Engine
  5. Safety
  6. Pricing
  7. Conclusion

2023 Hyundai Tucson vs Honda CR-V: Diesel compact crossover duel

Hyundai officially returned to the Philippine market last June 2022. Backed by a new local distributor, Hyundai Motor Philippines, Inc. (HMPH) introduced its initial model lineup in August 2022. It has launched four vehicles including the all-new 2023 Hyundai Tucson.

Hyundai Philippines is BACK! (Lineup Highlights, Prices & Interview) - Philkotse Quick Look 

The Tucson is Hyundai’s challenger in the compact crossover segment. It is available in two variants that can either have a gasoline or diesel engine. With that in mind, the all-new Tucson can go up against the likes of the diesel-powered Honda CR-V. 

Hyundai’s compact crossover can accommodate up to five passengers, which is two individuals less compared to the diesel Honda CR-V S variant. Despite the difference in seating capacity, the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V are some of the crossover vehicles you can buy that are equipped with a diesel engine. These two vehicles are also relatively priced closely, which adds to the reasons why we pitted each crossover from one another. 

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So, which one’s better spec-wise? To find out, we’re comparing the Tucson GLS+ CRDi 2.0 AT against the Honda CR-V S 1.6 AT. Again, both of these vehicles are powered by a diesel engine and are separated by a Php 128,000 price difference.

2023 Hyundai Tucson vs Honda CR-V: Exterior

To begin, let’s compare their sizes. The Hyundai Tucson has a length of 4,630mm, a width of 1,865mm, and a height of 1,665mm. It also has a wheelbase of 2,755mm, and a ground clearance of 181mm. It also has a curb weight of 1,610 kg.

A picture of the 2023 Hyundai Tucson during its debut

The 2023 Hyundai Tucson

The Honda CR-V meanwhile is 4,623mm long, 1,855mm wide, and 1,658mm in height. The CR-V also has a wheelbase spanning 2,662mm, a ground clearance of 198mm, as well as a curb weight of 1,635 kg.

Hyundai Tucson GLS+ 2.0 AT 

Dimensions 

Honda CR-V S 1.6 AT Diesel 

4,630mm 

Length 

4,623mm 

1,865mm 

Width 

1,855mm 

1,665mm 

Height 

1,658mm 

2,755mm 

Wheelbase 

2,662mm 

181mm 

Ground clearance 

198mm 

The Hyundai Tucson is larger in all aspects than the Honda CR-V. Hyundai’s crossover vehicle even has a longer wheelbase despite having a five-seater capacity. The Tucson also has a lighter curb weight compared to the Honda CR-V. But on the other hand, the Honda model has more in the way of ground clearance. 

For exterior equipment, both crossovers come with automatic LED headlamps, LED daytime running lamps (DRLs), and LED taillights. Both also have power-folding side mirrors, a roof-mounted rear spoiler, as well as roof rails.

 A picture of the Honda CR-V SX
 

Front fog lamps can be found in the Honda CR-V, which are absent on the Tuscon. But, the Hyundai Tucson has a more modern-looking set of LED DRLs that are integrated into its grille.

In turn, the CR-V rides on a set of 18-inch wheels, whereas the Tucson gets a larger set of 19-inch wheels. The Tucson also has a power tailgate, while the CR-V S diesel has a standard tailgate.  

Hyundai Tucson GLS+ 2.0 AT 

Exterior equipment 

Honda CR-V S 1.6 AT Diesel 

LED w/ auto on/off 

Headlamps 

LED w/ auto on/off 

None 

Headlamps auto-leveling 

None 

With 

Daytime running lamps 

With 

None 

Front fog lamps 

With 

LED 

Taillights 

LED 

With 

Roof rails 

With 

19-inch 

Wheel size 

18-inch 

Alloy  

Wheel type 

Alloy 

2023 Hyundai Tucson vs Honda CR-V: Interior

Inside, the biggest difference between the two spec-wise is that the Tucson is a two-row five-seater while the CR-V is a three-row seven-seater. This obviously means that the Honda CR-V can accommodate more passengers. Of note, both vehicles come with a 60:40 split-folding second-row seats.  

A picture of the Hyundai Tucson's second row

A peek inside the Tucson's rear cabin 

Both do provide a decently roomy interior equipped with leather-clad seats and automatic air-conditioning with rear vents. They also feature plenty of cup holders and cubby holes for storage. Also present for both models are 12-volt accessory outlets and rear USB charging ports.  

Hyundai Tucson GLS+ 2.0 AT

Interior equipment

Honda CR-V S 1.6 AT Diesel

Leather

Seat material

Leather

Electronic

Driver’s seat adjustment

Manual

Tilt and telescopic

Steering wheel adjustment

Tilt and telescopic

Automatic temp. Control w/ rear vents

Air-conditioning type

Dual-zone automatic w/ rear vents

Push button

Ignition

Push button

5

Seating capacity

7

The Tucson and the CR-V are equipped with fully digital gauge clusters as well as paddle shifters, standard cruise control, a push-to-start button, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.  

A picture of the Honda CR-V's second row seats.

The CR-V's second row (SX variant pictured)

As for what’s different between their cabins, the CR-V S diesel lacks the power adjustable driver and front passenger seating that’s present on the Tucson GLS+. In turn, the Honda model gets ambient lighting while the Tucson does not.  

Moving on to on-board entertainment, the Tucson gets an 8-inch touchscreen headunit with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity. 

A picture of the Hyundai Tucson's front cabin

A view of the Tucson's cockpit

The CR-V meanwhile, gets a slightly smaller 7-inch touchscreen. But like the one on the Hyundai, this also has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. 

Music or audio from the infotainment touchscreen is transmitted through the Tucson’s six-piece speaker set. The CR-V S diesel, on the other, hand gets more as it has a total of eight speakers.

A picture of the interior of the Honda CR-V

Front cabin of the Honda CR-V (SX variant pictured)

Lastly, the Tucson gets a wireless smartphone charger, while the CR-V S diesel does not.

Hyundai Tucson GLS+ 2.0 AT 

On-board tech 

Honda CR-V S 1.6 AT Diesel 

8-inch touchscreen 

Infotainment system 

7-inch touchscreen 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB, Bluetooth 

Connectivity options 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB, Bluetooth 

# of speakers 

With

Wireless charger

None

With 

Power folding side mirrors 

With 

2023 Hyundai Tucson vs Honda CR-V: Engine

The Hyundai Tucson GLS+ uses a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that delivers 183 hp and 416 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Tucson's 2.0-liter CRDi engine

The Tucson's 2.0-liter CRDi engine

The CR-V S meanwhile, utilizes a 1.6-liter inline-4 turbodiesel engine that puts out 118 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. 

The Hyundai Tucson clearly gets the upper hand when you compare the power output numbers.

The difference in power rating is then neutralized as both the Tucson and the CR-V come with similar mechanical bits. Both vehicles are front-wheel-drive and use disc brakes for all four wheels. The two vehicles also come with an electronic parking brake with an auto-brake hold function.  

A picture of the Honda CR-V's diesel engine.

The CR-V's 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine (SX variant pictured)

These two models also have similar suspension systems in that they both use a MacPherson strut front suspension, as well as a multi-link rear suspension.

Hyundai Tucson GLS+ 2.0 AT 

Mechanical specs 

Honda CR-V S 1.6 AT Diesel 

Inline-4 turbodiesel 

Engine 

Inline-4 turbodiesel 

2.0-liters 

Displacement 

1.6-liters 

8-speed automatic 

Transmission 

9-speed automatic 

183  

Horsepower 

118 

416 

Torque 

300 

FWD 

Drivetrain 

FWD 

2023 Hyundai Tucson vs Honda CR-V: Safety

For standard safety equipment, both models come with what you’d expect from modern crossovers. They each come standard with anti-lock braking, stability control, traction control, a security alarm, and an engine immobilizer. 

A picture of the Tucson's PDW in action

The Tucson comes with a forward/reverse parking distance warning system 

The Tucson then comes with a total of seven airbags while the CR-V is equipped with six. This potentially means better crash safety for the Hyundai model.

The Tucson and CR-V also have hill-start assist and parking sensors. Then again, the Hyundai does have a manual speed limiter, and a trailer stability assist system. These aforementioned features are not present in the CR-V. 

 Both of these models also come with reverse cameras for ease of parking. In addition, the CR-V also gets a tire pressure monitor just like the Tucson. 

A picture of the Honda CR-V's airbags

The CR-V's airbags in action

For driver assist features, the CR-V gets a driver attention monitor, lane monitoring and departure warning (LaneWatch). That said, the Honda gets an advantage over the Tucson as the latter does not come with the aforementioned features.

Hyundai Tucson GLS+ 2.0 AT 

Safety equipment 

Honda CR-V S 1.6 AT Diesel 

Airbags 

With 

Antilock brakes w/ EBD 

With 

With

Reverse camera 

With 

With 

360-degree camera 

None 

With 

Cruise control 

With 

With 

Hill-start assist 

With 

With 

Stability control 

With 

With 

ISOFIX child seat anchors 

With 

None 

Lane departure warning 

With 

None

Driver attention monitor

With

With 

Tire pressure monitor 

With (LOW) 

With 

Engine immobilizer 

With 

With 

Security alarm 

With 

2023 Hyundai Tucson vs Honda CR-V: Pricing

Hyundai Tucson Variants 

Price 

Tucson GLS 2.0 AT 

Php 1,570,000 

Tucson GLS+ CRDi 2.0 AT 

Php 1,840,000 

 

Honda CR-V Variants 

Price 

CR-V S 2.0 CVT 

Php 1,738,000 

CR-V S 1.6 AT Diesel 

Php 1,968,000 

CR-V SX 1.6 AWD AT Diesel 

Php 2,238,000 

2023 Hyundai Tucson vs Honda CR-V: Conclusion

If your priority as a buyer is seating capacity, then the Honda CR-V will certainly tick that box. The Honda gets a third row whereas the Tucson does not. Do remember that being able to seat as many people in a vehicle is a big selling point for Filipino buyers. 

A picture of the rear of the Hyundai Tucson

Do you like the look of the Tucson's rear end?

Regarding power though, the Tucson certainly beats the CR-V. The Hyundai crossover has more in terms of horsepower and torque (+65 hp and +116 Nm).  

Do note though that the CR-V does have more in the way of driver assist features. Also, do consider taking each for a test drive before settling on a final choice if you’re serious about getting a new crossover.  

A picture of the rear of the Honda CR-V SX

Or do you prefer the CR-V's rear end? (SX variant pictured)

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Author

Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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