Your SUV is more than just a vehicle. It's your companion to work. It keeps your kids safe. Your SUV even tags along on your weekend adventures. Spending so much time with your SUV means you have to make the right choice. The new Subaru Forester and Hyundai Tucson are two of the most sought-after models in the Chicagoland area. Learn more about their differences in performance, cargo space, and technology below. If you already know that the Forester is right for you, give the team at Grand Subaru near Chicago a call at (888) 840-3934 to schedule a test-drive.

For the purpose of this comparison, the Subaru Forester 2.5i will be compared with the Hyundai Tucson SE.

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Subaru Forester vs. Hyundai Tucson: Engine & Performance

2018 Subaru Forester What's most important to you when considering the performance of your new SUV: fuel efficiency or power? The new Subaru Forester doesn't ask you to choose. When matched against the Hyundai Tucson, the Forester provides greater power and gas mileage. Check out the specs in the table below, and then find your Forester for sale at Grand Subaru:

Subaru Forester


Hyundai Tucson



2.0L I-4

170 HP


164 HP

174 lb.-ft.


151 lb.-ft.

26 MPG city
32 MPG highway

Fuel Efficiency

23 MPG city
30 MPG highway

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Subaru Forester vs. Hyundai Tucson: Seating & Cargo Space

2018 Subaru Forester Interior Seating and Cargo Space How much space does your family need to make it through their day? If you fold down the rear seats in the new Subaru Forester, you have 71.4 cu. ft. of space to fill. The Hyundai Tucson only provides 61.9 cu. ft. of space, even with the rear seats folded. In addition to the differences in dimensions, the Subaru Forester offers several key advantages in cargo area and storage:

  • The rear seats in the Forester fold flat. The Tucson doesn't offer this feature.
  • Raised roof rails are available with the Forester, but only offered on the higher trim levels of the Tucson.
  • The Forester is engineered with 108.3 cu. ft. of total passenger volume. The Tucson is smaller with only 102.2 cu. ft. of passenger volume.
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Subaru Forester vs. Hyundai Tucson: Safety & Technology

2018 Subaru Forester Interior Dashboard Do you need a new SUV that keeps you in touch with your loved ones and protects you even from the hazards you can't see? While both the new Forester and Tucson feature the latest in safety and connected technology, the Subaru SUV comes with more standard features than the Hyundai. Key differences in technology between the two popular family vehicles are as follows:

  • Brake Assist is standard on the Forester 2.5i, but unavailable with the Tucson SE.
  • Rollover Sensors are included with the Forester, but don't come with the Tucson.
  • The Subaru Advanced Frontal Air Bag system is only included with the Forester.
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How Can I Get a New Forester at a Great Price?

If you want a capable SUV with clear advantages in power, efficiency, cargo space, and technology, the choice is clear. The Subaru Forester leaves the Hyundai Tucson in the dust. Discover your new Forester in the inventory at Grand Subaru near Chicago. Our team will help you find the finance or lease deal that works with your budget and lifestyle. Contact us by calling (888) 840-3934 or through our schedule test-drive form to get started on adding a Subaru Forester to your driveway today!

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