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Hyundai Tucson Review | CarMax

The Hyundai Tucson received an overhaul in 2020 and carries on into 2021 in typical Hyundai fashion, packed with technology and standard features. For 2021, you can find hi-tech features like forward-collision avoidance, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay® and Bluetooth® connectivity, all standard. The 2021 Hyundai Tucson is available in six different trim levels and is powered by either a 2.0L GDI four-cylinder engine or a 2.4L GDI four-cylinder engine.

While we currently do not have many 2021 Hyundai Tucsons on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Hyundai Tucson with similar features.

Below are average prices of prior model year Tucsons:1

  • 2020 — Average price less than $20,0001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2021 Hyundai Tucson review:

Key Specs & Features


  • The 2021 Hyundai Tucson with 2WD, 2.0L engine, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined.2
  • The 2021 Hyundai Tucson with AWD, 2.0L engine, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.2
  • The 2021 Hyundai Tucson with AWD, 2.4L engine, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • With the rear seats up, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson interior provides 31 cubic feet of cargo space.
  • Folding the 60/40 split rear seats down provides a generous 61.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

Towing Capacity:

  • 2021 Hyundai Tucson towing capacity is an estimated 2,000 pounds with the 2.4L engine when properly equipped.3

Seating Capacity:

  • All 2021 Hyundai Tucsons can seat up to five passengers.

Engine Options:

  • The 2021 Hyundai Tucson SE and Value trims are powered by a 2.0L GDI four-cylinder engine that produces 161 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque.
  • 2021 Hyundai Tucson SEL, Sport, Limited, and Unlimited models are powered by a 2.4L GDI four-cylinder engine that produces 181 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque.

Tech Features:

  • Standard driver-assistance features include driver-attention warning, lane-keeping assist, and forward collision-avoidance assist.
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are both standard.
  • A seven-inch color touchscreen display is standard while an eight-inch color touchscreen is optional.
  • All 2021 Hyundai Tucsons come standard with a rearview camera.


The Hyundai Tucson has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons To Buy

1. A Well Equipped Base Model

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The 2021 Hyundai Tucson comes well-equipped from the base model. Not only does it include plenty of standard creature comforts, but it comes with some upgrades that would be considered optional or upgrades in other cars—features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a seven-inch color touchscreen infotainment system. This means you can stay connected during even the longest drives.

2. Versatile Interior

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One of the primary reasons to purchase a crossover SUV is for the flexibility of interior space. Equipped with a 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson can be used to transport up to five passengers or a combination of increased cargo space, all while retaining space for rear-seat passengers. Folding the second row all the way down will provide you with an ample cargo area of 61.9 cu-ft of space. If a road trip with the whole crew is in order, the Tucson has 31 cu-ft of cargo space behind the rear seat.

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3. Available AWD

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Another common attraction to SUVs is that they are often offered with all-wheel drive. The versatility of AWD coupled with the confidence it inspires in the driver are just a couple of the reasons you might be after an SUV with that feature. While the 2021 Hyundai Tucson comes standard with 2WD, all six of the Tucson's trim levels are available with all-wheel drive as an option. The AWD in the 2021 Hyundai Tucson is available with either 2.0L or 2.4L engine options as well.

4. Driver Assist features

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson comes well equipped with the latest in driver-assistance aids. Standard driver-assist tech includes driver-attention warning, lane-keeping assist, and forward-collision avoidance. Stepping up to the Value trim further adds blind-spot collision warning and rear cross-traffic collision warning. Both the Limited and Ultimate trims are equipped with a surround-view monitor to help you keep an eye on your complete surroundings while the Ultimate adds pedestrian detection to its forward-collision avoidance assist feature.

5. From Standard to Luxurious

Whether you're looking for something more utilitarian or packed with all of the creature comforts that you'd expect from a modern luxury vehicle, one of the six available trim levels on the 2021 Hyundai Tucson is bound to meet the criteria of what you're looking for in a crossover SUV. The six available trim levels include the SE, Value, SEL, Sport, Limited, and Ultimate. While the SE is well equipped as base models go, you'll find plenty more options in the higher models too. The Ultimate, as an example, comes standard with a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and a larger eight-inch color touchscreen infotainment system.

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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • SE: Includes the 2.0L GDI four-cylinder engine, forward collision-avoidance assist, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, seven-inch color touchscreen, and more.
  • Value: Eight-way power-driver seat, proximity key with push-button start, Blue Link® connected car system.
  • SEL: 2.4L GDI four-cylinder engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual automatic temperature control, 2nd-row USB outlet, chrome-tipped dual exhaust.
  • Sport: 19-inch alloy wheels, full LED headlights, hands-free liftgate with auto open, Infinity® premium audio system.
  • Limited: Surround-view monitor, leather seating surface, heated steering wheel.
  • Ultimate: Pedestrian detection, eight-inch color touchscreen with navigation, adaptive cruise control, panoramic sunroof.

Available Colors

  • Aqua Blue
  • Black Noir Pearl
  • Dusk Blue
  • Magnetic Force
  • Stellar Silver
  • White Cream
  • Winter White


  • 31 cu-ft of cargo space behind the rear seats and 61.9 cu-ft of space with the rear seats folded down.
  • Seating for up to five passengers.
  • Seven-inch color touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An eight-inch system is standard on the Ultimate trim package.
  • Wireless device charging (Sport, Limited, and Ultimate trims)

Average CarMax Prices

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Hyundai Tucson.1

  • 2020 — Average price less than $20,0001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2021 Hyundai Tucson, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.


The 2021 Hyundai Tucson was rated overall 5/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Hyundai Tucson, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a study in options for all. From 2017 through 2019, there are several variants of the Santa Fe. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the smaller option for 2017 and 2018, offering seating for five passengers while the standard Santa Fe for those same years is slightly larger and offers seating for up to seven passengers, benefiting from a third-row seat. For 2019, the Hyundai Santa Fe XL is the one to go with if you want three rows of seating, while the Santa Fe Sport received a complete redesign and is called just the Hyundai Santa Fe. If you're after cargo space, folding down both rows in the 2017–2019 Santa Fe (XL for 2019) will provide you with 80 cu-ft of cargo space. Standard features on the 2019 Santa Fe XL include:

  • Remote start4
  • Heated mirrors
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 received a refresh both inside and out for 2017 and has handsome yet sporty styling and a luxurious interior. All CX-5s for 2017 and 2018 are powered by a 187 hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine while the 2019 CX-5 gets an additional engine option, a turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were also introduced to the 2019 Mazda CX-5 as well. 2017 through 2019 CX-5s have 30.9 cu-ft of cargo space behind the rear seat while folding it down provides 59.6 cu-ft. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport comes standard with the following options:

  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento is a mid-size SUV that can be equipped with either two rows for five passengers, or three rows for seven passengers. Its handsome styling and upscale interior are hard to beat and it's available with a myriad of standard options. 2017–2018 models of the Sorento can be had with three different engine options, with the top option being a 3.3L GDI V-6. The 2017 through 2019 Sorentos are available both in 2WD and AWD configurations as well. The base 2018 Kia Sorento L comes standard with the following options:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rearview camera

The Bottom Line

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson is an excellent choice if you're looking for an SUV that has trim levels for just about every taste. Additionally, the flexibility of its interior and available AWD drive make it a versatile candidate to handle whatever life may throw at you.

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1Based on CarMax average prices between January 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
4Remote start functionality may require the purchase of a subscription plan and/or a compatible device like a smartphone. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
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