If you're on the hunt for an outstanding compact SUV, then you have likely been checking out popular models like the 2017 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2017 Subaru Forester over the course of your search.

We've conducted a detailed comparison between these two popular SUV nameplates to reveal which one brings more of the assets drivers are looking for. Are you ready to meet the winner?

Ride Quality

Whether you're jaunting around town or heading off-road, a smooth and stable ride is important. That is just what the Hyundai Tucson brings to the road.

The Tucson offers features like standard front and rear gasoline-charged shocks, which provide superior control over rough road surfaces. The Subaru Forester, in contrast, does not have gas-charged shocks.

In a skidpad test conducted by Motor Trend, the Tucson SE model also proved to offer superior cornering ability over the Forester 2.5i Touring trim, pulling .82 Gs while the Forester only delivered .78 Gs of cornering power.

The Tucson further has a longer wheelbase (105.1 inches compared to the Forester's 103.9-inch wheelbase), is 5.3 inches shorter, and has a wider average track width than the Forester for superior stability and handling.


Drivers and passengers will enjoy a variety of features onboard the Hyundai Tucson that are not available for the Subaru Forester.

Included among them, the Tucson Sport and Limited trims each feature a hands-free cargo hatch that makes loading and loading cargo much easier. This is a convenience-boosting amenity that is not available for the Forester models.

The Tucson also offers standard auto-on/off headlights that, when the vehicle is running, turn on automatically after sunset and turn off automatically after sunrise. While this feature comes standard onboard each Tucson trim, only the higher trim levels feature automatic headlights in the Forester lineup.

Heated exterior mirrors also come standard for the Hyundai Tucson, while Forester drivers can only have this amenity by upgrading and paying more.

The Tucson further offers available heated seats for the rear passengers and available air-conditioned seats for the driver and front passenger, which are two more amenities not available for the Forester models.

Backseat passengers will additionally enjoy greater comfort thanks to the Tucson's rear climate control vents (standard in all but the base model). The Forester, in contrast, only offers rear heating vents but not rear vents for air conditioning.

The Tucson further provides the convenience of a maintenance-free battery, while Forester drivers will not have a maintenance-free battery but frequently need to check the water level in their vehicle's battery to prevent damage.

Experience the Exceptional Hyundai Tucson

As you can see, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson delivers many superior qualities in comparison to the 2017 Subaru Forester. Drivers can further explore the Tucson's many outstanding assets at Elgin Hyundai. Come in and see us, or contact us today to take the impressive Tucson for a test drive!


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