Compact crossovers have enjoyed high demand and strong sales in the United States for over a decade. These cars offer a compelling value proposition for individuals, couples, and small families. This is because of their high-set driving positions, SUV styling, and ample practicality. Their compact footprint also enables easier driving and parking in crowded urban environments.
The 2023 Hyundai Tucson is a good option if you’re looking for the best compact crossover. The fourth generation debuted in 2020 and saw a refresh in 2022. It continues largely unchanged into 2023, save for a color substitution and some added standard features. The 2023 Subaru Forester is a bit older, based on the fifth generation of the nameplate introduced in 2018. It saw a facelift in 2021, but that was largely cosmetic.
Here, we shall pit the 2023 Tucson against the 2023 Forester to see which compact crossover is best. We will evaluate them on performance, safety features, and interior appointments. If you’d like to know all there is to know about the 2023 Tucson, call the team at Bentley Hyundai in Huntsville, AL. We will happily answer all your questions and show you around a 2023 Tucson.
The 2023 Tucson and 2023 Forester offer spacious cabins for up to five adults. While the 2023 Forester offers slightly more passenger space, the 2023 Tucson counters with a roomy 38.7 cubic feet of trunk space. This is significantly more than the 28.9 cubic feet that the 2023 Forester can achieve.
While the 2023 Forester offers dual-zone climate control across the range, all variants of the 2023 Tucson, apart from the base model, receive it as standard. Moreover, it can be optioned on the base variant. Both cars have touchscreen infotainment systems that support Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. However, the 2023 Tucson offers a larger 8-inch screen as standard, compared with the 6.5-inch on the 2023 Forester.
The Tucson cabin looks and feels decidedly newer and more upmarket than the 2023 Forester’s. The Tucson also offers upgrades to a 10.3-inch touchscreen and Bose sound system upgrade as part of a longer options list.
The 2023 Tucson comes with three powertrain options. Non-hybrid variants receive a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that puts out 187 horsepower. This is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive as standard. Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel-drive system is optional.
Hybrid variants receive a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine plus an electric motor for a system total of 226 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and the HTRAC all-wheel-drive system are standard. The most potent variant is the plug-in hybrid. It has a more powerful electric motor granting a system total of 261 horsepower. The plug-in also has the six-speed automatic and HTRAC system as standard.
In comparison, the 2023 Forester only offers one powertrain. It has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts out 182 horsepower through a Lineartronic CVT transmission and one of three all-wheel-drive systems. There is no hybrid option for North America.
The 2023 Tucson can tow up to 2,000 pounds, but the 2023 Forester can only manage 1,500 pounds
The 2023 Tucson and 2023 Forester have a comprehensive set of safety features. Each offers at least six airbags, stability control, and traction control. The SUVs also provide child safety locks, automated emergency braking, and lane departure warning. The 2023 Tucson also packs pedestrian detection and secured an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.
If you’re in the market for a stylish, practical, and technologically sophisticated compact crossover, it’s hard to turn down the 2023 Tucson. Offering a range of powerful and economical powertrains, it’s also very safe, securing an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, which isn’t easy to clinch. If you’d like to check out or test drive a 2023 Tucson, look no further than Bentley Hyundai in Huntsville, AL.