2021 Toyota RAV4
Features & Specs
2021 Hyundai Tucson
203 horsepower
Engine Power
181 horsepower
Estimated Combined MPG
Driver's Knee Airbag
Not available
Cargo Capacity (cubic inches)

2021 Toyota RAV4 vs Hyundai Tucson

There are a lot of things to consider when you're looking to buy a new crossover SUV. How much power you need, what features you can't live without, and more all help narrow down your decision. While there are many options out there, two vehicles set themselves apart, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and the 2021 Hyundai Tucson. The competition between the two is tough, so we wanted to help make the decision a little easier on you. This is why we took the two vehicles and put them head to head. Continue reading to learn more.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Power & Handling

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 has three different engine options. The basic engine is a 2.5-Liter Inline-4 cylinder engine providing 203 horsepower, 184 lb-ft of torque, and a combined estimated average of 30 MPG. Next up is a regular hybrid combining a 2.5L I-4 combined with two electric motors to produce 219 horsepower and 189 lb-ft of torque while getting around 40 MPG. New for 2021 is a plug-in hybrid option that also combines a 2.5L I-4 and a pair of electric motors, this time with a larger lithium-ion battery. Front-wheel drive is standard on the 2021 RAV 4, but all-wheel drive is optional on all models while standard on the Adventure and TRD Off-Road trims. All engines are mated to a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid models, however, come with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

2021 Hyundai Tucson Power & Handling

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson comes with only two engine options, neither of which is a hybrid option. The first engine is a 2.0L I-4 that produces just 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque while getting 25 MPG on average. The second engine option is a 2.4L I-4 that tries to keep up with the RAV4 with 181 horsepower, 175 lb-ft of torque, and an average of 24 MPG. Like the RAV4, front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is an available option while not standard on any trim. Both engines are linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Features & Design

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 comes in six available trim levels. The first trim is the LE. This provides drivers with a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, roof rails, LED headlights, automatic high beams, the option of a hybrid engine, and Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. TSS2 includes forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and more! Next up is the XLE bringing dual-zone automatic climate control, blindspot monitoring, keyless entry/ignition, five USB ports, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The XLE Premium adds simulated leather upholstery, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a powered moonroof. The upper three trims, Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited, add features like a 7-inch driver's information display, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, LED fog lights, heated front seats, and a panoramic rearview camera.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Features & Design

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson also comes in six trim levels. Kicking things off is the SE trim that brings a 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity, 17-inch wheels, and driver attention monitoring. The Value Edition adds blindspot monitoring, keyless entry/ignition, roof rails, and heated side mirrors. Stepping up to the SEL trim tacks on dual-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch wheels, a second-row USB port, and rear-seat vents. The Sport trim adds 19-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED exterior lighting, and wireless charging. The Limited and Ultimate trims add leather seating, power-adjustable front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, and automatic high beams.


While the 2021 Hyundai Tucson competes with the RAV4 with features, it lacks severely in the drivetrain department. The Toyota RAV-4 gives consumers everything they need, from power to the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite's extensive safety features. Still not convinced? Come on down to Pearson Toyota to see for yourself! Any one of our friendly sales associates will be happy to show you our inventory, give you a tour of all the RAV4 features, and accompany you on a test drive. We look forward to seeing you!

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