Good morning everyone,
I'm planning on buying either a new Hyundau Tucson SX (V6 2.7 Litre, Auto
Transmission) or a Subaru Forrester (base model Auto). I am leaning
towards the Hyundai as they are offering what, to me seems a better deal,
expecially the 5 year warranty. The fuel consumption on either is about
the same but the Hyundai offers more power and (I hope) that when I open
the hatchback door it doesn't dump all the accumulated rainwater on me!
I'd appreciate any thoughts or suggestions on the purchase. I have only
started following this newsgroup so haven't been in touch with much
discussion on the new Hyundai vehicles.
G'day. I am a diehard Hyundai enthusiast. With that said, let me
compare the two vehicles based on what I know about the Tucson (I have
never owned one personally) and what I know about the Forrester (my
Mother owns one that I have had the chance to drive on many occasions -
a 2006 model):
- The Subaru gets better mileage irregardless of what the window
stickers say. My Mother AVERAGES 27 MPG in her Forrester. From what I
have read about the Tucson, most people get about 19-21 MPG on average.
- Build quality and reliability are about equal from where I sit.
- Warranty is Hyundai's hands down.
- Subaru service is a rip-off, but many would say the same about
- I have never driven a Tucson, but the ride on the Subaru is excellent.
I suspect the same for the Tucson.
- The Tucson will give you more options and creature comforts for your
- Subaru parts are expensive, but as I am learning about Hyundai, due to
a recent accident in my Entourage, so are the Hyundai parts (in fact,
the body shop CLAIMS that the body parts are as expensive as most
That's about as objective as I can be, and I hope it helps.
The 21mpg (US I assume) works out to about the 11 litres/100km quoted
down here in Australia so I can handle that.
Without checking the manufacturers specs on service I have been told that
the Hyundai's first major service is at 90,000km (55,000 mile) whereas
the Subaru is 50,000km. Here in Australia the dealer can't force you to
have a vehicle serviced at a Hyundai dealership but as long as the
service is carried out by a licenced mechanic it doesn't void your
I'm looking at the SX Tucson (V6 auto) and about the only option is a
sunroof which I'm not interested in. It comes with all the gizmos I, as
a senior citizen, would ever want.
My insurance compay's problem but I'll probably pay through increased
You're welcome. Even with the G'day I typed I lost track of you coming
from "Down Under" :-)
Yes, those were US gallons. Sorry. My math puts it just about right as
I was completely comparing the dealers here in the States, having no
knowledge of the "rules" in Australia. But things do sound similar. We
have the manufacturer requirements in the manual. Then we have what the
dealer will try to perform at the regular mileage intervals. I've heard
of people paying as much as $600 for a 30,000 mile service. That is
just ridiculous considering only about 10% of that service is actually
recommended by the manufacturer. But you know they need to make a buck
to keep the lights on :-)
Here in the states, we don't need to use the dealer either. Heck, we
don't even need a licensed mechanic. We can do it ourselves too if we
want, as long as we have some type of proof that the work was performed
the warranty stays intact.
That's what I mean. The Tucson is loaded by default. You pay for every
little thing on the Subaru, and sometimes you can't even buy an option
that you might want without getting a "package" with other useless or
non-desirable options as well.
True about the insurance company, and hopefully you'll never need their
services anyway, just something to factor into the purchase decision.
I don't think you'll be disappointed either way. You need to drive both
and see which one you like better (duh!). My Mom loves her Subie and my
Sonata and she is almost 70.
While I think Eric's estimate of Forester fuel economy is a little high for
what the average user will experience, I still think you'll have better
fuel economy with the Forester.
When it comes down to it, the Tucson has all the advantages (and
disadvantages) of an SUV. The Forester, on the other hand, is much more
like a car in just about every aspect. Probably the most important thing
you should consider is whether you'd like a lighter station wagon type
vehicle or a heavier SUV type vehicle. That'll wind up being the largest
difference (aside from the performance).
I have to agree. I was very surprised by the fuel economy of the
Forrester. And my Mom is no light-foot on the accelerator either. Not a
speed demon, but not like a Grandmother.
But the car-like vs. SUV-like analogy is an excellent one. It definitely
reminds me of driving a car. But, again, I have never driven a Tucson. I
did drive a Sante Fe (a pre-2007 model) and found it more "truck-like" than
I would have liked.
Let's see - you sit higher so you can roll over easier. The old
Elantra towed more with better gas milage and would hold almost as
much. I'd really rather have an Elantra 5 door or wagon. That would
really compete with the Forrester. Are you listening Hyundai??????
Eric G's and Hyundaitech's assessment is right on. I have owned three Subies
with current being a Forester. They are great cars, and for the most part
very reliable. My forester is a 2000 with 90K miles and I get a consistent
26-27mpg. Subaru repairs are high, fortunately they are not needed often. I
am considering switching to a Tucson because of far better warranty and the
closest Subaru dealer to us is 80 mile away. I have very few bad words to
say about Subaru, however if you follow this forum, you find there is
powerful customer loyalty with Hyundai. To me that says you will probably be
pleased with either choice although my strong impression is Hyundai is not
high in fuel economy. If you live in snow country my vote goes to Subaru.
The link is a great video about what happens when you mix Russian Forester
owners, vodka, and one Land Rover on Moscow snow. funny.
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