2021 Subaru Forester vs Hyundai Tucson in Huntington Beach, CA

Where the four-door sedan once stood as the most popular vehicle on the road, it's since been replaced by the small SUV. A higher, commanding seating position, more cargo space, and the capability to really get away on the weekends has made this segment a clear favorite, so just about any company that makes cars has their own version. On this page, we compare the new 2021 Subaru Forester and Hyundai Tucson. Once you've seen the facts, we think you'll agree that a new Subaru SUV is the best choice for Southern California. If you're still not convinced, we invite you to discover a better car shopping experience at McKenna Subaru in Huntington Beach.

Rear cargo area on Subaru Forester

2021 Subaru Forester vs Hyundai Tucson: Interior

The first difference you're likely to notice inside these models is the size. They're both small SUVs, but the new 2021 Subaru Forester provides a generous 111.9 cubic feet of passenger space compared to just 102.2 cubic feet for passengers in the 2021 Hyundai Tucson. But what about cargo? Well, you'll find about the same 31 cubic feet behind the rear seat of both models but when you fold the rear seat down, a big difference is revealed. The Subaru Forester provides an accommodating 74.3 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the 61.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity in the Hyundai Tucson.

Other standard advantages waiting for you inside a new Subaru Forester include automatic climate control, auto up/down power driver side window, and High Beam Assist that adjusts your high beams automatically in response to oncoming traffic. These are just a few examples of the many ways that a new Subaru SUV provides more value for your money.

Touchscreen interface for Subaru Forester

2021 Subaru Forester vs Hyundai Tucson: Technology

No matter what Southern California traffic looks like when you're trying to get somewhere, there's simply no room for messing around with your phone. Fortunately, the new Subaru Forester and Hyundai Tucson feature seamless integration with most smartphones as well as devices equipped with Bluetooth®. Both models also feature a standard touchscreen interface, but this doesn't mean you'll find both systems to be the same.

The new Subaru Forester comes equipped with a CD player where the Hyundai Tucson does not. What's more, you can listen to virtually any portable device in the Subaru Forester thanks to the standard 3.5mm auxiliary input jack. It all adds up to more versatility and more enjoyable drives. Come see us at McKenna Subaru to discover so much more.

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2021 Subaru Forester vs Hyundai Tucson: Performance

The small SUV may have replaced the minivan for new and growing families, but that doesn't mean your next family taxi should be boring to drive. Take each of these small SUVs for a test drive, and it quickly becomes clear that they are very different from behind the wheel. The uniquely flat Subaru BOXER® engine in the new Forester not only provides a lower center of gravity for superior handling, but it also produces an athletic 182 horsepower compared to the 161 horsepower that the 2021 Hyundai Tucson starts out with. What's more, the Subaru Forester delivers its power to every wheel through the renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system no matter which model you choose. The small SUV from Hyundai will cost substantially more when upgraded to AWD. Even with more power and standard all-wheel drive, the new Subaru Forester still manages to get better fuel economy with 26 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. The best you're likely to get from the Hyundai Tucson is 23 MPG in the city and just 28 on the highway.

Blue Subaru Forester on the freeway

2021 Subaru Forester vs Hyundai Tucson: Safety

Nothing is more important than staying safe on today's hectic roads, and we're pleased to find that both models are especially safe. However, there are some distinctions that are good to be aware of. For instance, while the Hyundai Tucson earned a 2021 Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, the new Subaru Forester earned the more prestigious 2021 Top Safety Pick + distinction due in part to its superior headlights. You see, every new Subaru Forester is equipped with steering-responsive LED headlights, an option not available on the Hyundai Tucson that starts out with traditional projector headlights.

DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System in the Subaru Forester

2021 Subaru Forester vs Hyundai Tucson: Driver Assistance

By now, you've probably already heard about the advanced driver assistance technology that's coming in most new cars. The new Subaru Forester is a great example with its standard EyeSight® technology that includes pre-collision braking, lane keep assist, and even adaptive cruise control. While the 2021 Hyundai Tucson is also available with much of the same technology, you'll find the standard features fall short of what you'll find in any new Subaru Forester. Come see our Subaru dealership in Huntington Beach to learn more.

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The 2021 Hyundai Tucson enters the market with an MSRP of $23,700, which may seem like a bit of a discount from the starting MSRP of $24,795. But consider just what you're getting for your money in either model. The new 2021 Subaru Forester comes standard with steering-responsive LED headlights, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and substantially more room inside. All told, it's clear that you're getting a far better value with a new Subaru SUV. And it's also recognized to hold its value better than just about any other vehicle in its class.

2021 Subaru Forester2021 Hyundai Tucson
$24,795Starting MSRP*$23,700
111.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space102.2 Cubic Feet
74.3 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Space61.9 Cubic Feet
33 Highway - 26 CityFuel Economy (MPG)28 Highway - 23 City
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
StandardLED Steering-Responsive Headlights Not Available
StandardHigh Beam AssistAvailable Upgrade
StandardAutomatic Climate ControlAvailable Upgrade
Standard Driver's Auto Up/Down Power WindowAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.