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Hyundai Tucson FAQs

Hyundai Tucson FAQs: Hero | CarMax

Discover more about this compact SUV.

With plenty of crossover SUV models on the market, the Hyundai Tucson stands out with its sleek styling and extensive range of features. On its 2022 model alone, you'll find ample seating for five passengers, plus tech equipment like smartphone integration, an eight-inch touchscreen display, and a driver assistance suite. Meanwhile, with available all-wheel drive across all trim levels, the Tucson is ready to take on unforgiving terrain.

Got questions about the Hyundai Tucson? We've got the answers you're looking for. Read on for what you need to know about this compact crossover SUV.

Hyundai Tucson FAQs

Q: Is the Hyundai Tucson fuel efficient?

A: Many factors can affect fuel economy. However, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson base trim with 2.0L four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined (23 mpg city and 28 mpg highway).1

Q: Is the Hyundai Tucson a 4x4?

A: Every third generation (2016-2021) Hyundai Tucson comes standard with front-wheel drive; however, every trim was available with optional all-wheel drive when this vehicle was sold new. Beginning with the Tucson's fourth generation of production in 2022, all hybrid models do come standard with all-wheel drive. However, gasoline-powered models still come with front-wheel drive unless all-wheel drive was selected when the SUV was sold new.

Q: What cars are similar to the Hyundai Tucson?

A: There are many small SUVs that are like the Hyundai Tucson in terms of class, size, and features. Some examples include:

Q: Is the 2022 Hyundai Tucson quiet?

A: The 2022 Tucson features an acoustic windshield and sound-reducing materials to cut back on road and wind noise, making its cabin very quiet even at highway speeds.

Q: Is a Hyundai Tucson a reliable car?

A: According to RepairPal, the Hyundai Tucson is a reliable car. Specifically, this model receives a 4.5 out of 5 stars (an "excellent" score) for reliability.2

Q: Are the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson the same?

A: No. While the Sportage and Tucson are both classified as small SUVs, they are different in terms of size, equipment, and features. For example, the 2022 Tucson offers more standard tech features in the form of an eight-inch touchscreen interface and wireless smartphone integration. Likewise, the 2022 Tucson offers significantly more cargo space (80.3 cubic feet compared to 60.1 cubic feet on the 2022 Sportage).

Q: Is the Hyundai Tucson a midsize SUV?

A: No. The Hyundai Tucson is classified as a compact crossover SUV, offering seating for up to five people.

Q: What are the different models of the Hyundai Tucson?

A: While exact trim models can vary from one model year to the next, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson is available in six trim configurations: the base SE, Value, SEL, Sport, Limited, and range-topping Ultimate.

Q: Is Hyundai Tucson expensive to maintain?

A: Based on RepairPal data, the average annual repair cost for a Hyundai Tucson is $365, which is less than the average annual repair cost of $440 for compact SUVs.2

Q: How much should I pay for a Hyundai Tucson?

A: The sale price of a used Hyundai Tucson will vary based on many factors, including model year, mileage, and overall condition of the vehicle. For example, the average CarMax price for a used 2021 Tucson is $22,998—whereas an earlier model year (such as the 2014 Tucson) sells at CarMax for an average of $13,837.3

Q: Is the Hyundai Tucson underpowered?

A: The Hyundai Tucson is powered similarly to many other compact crossover SUVs on the market. For example, its 2021 model receives a standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine at 161 hp, with a more powerful 2.4L engine (181 hp) outfitted on the SEL, Sport, and Limited trims.

Q: Which Hyundai Tucson should I buy?

A: The Tucson model that is right for you will depend on what you're looking for in a small SUV. For example, if you're looking for the lowest price, then shopping for an earlier model Tucson (2016 or earlier) could save you a lot of money. On the other hand, if you're seeking a later model Tucson with more standard features (such as smartphone integration and a touchscreen display), then you may want to shop the 2020 model year or later. From there, you can also find the features you want by shopping specific trim models.

Q: Does the 2021 Hyundai Tucson have keyless entry?

A: If you’re looking for keyless entry and ignition, this feature is standard on every 2021 Tucson except for the base SE trim.

Q: Can you remote start a Hyundai Tucson?

A: While exact features will vary by model year, many Tucson models do come with available remote start. For example, the 2021 and 2022 Tucson both come standard with available remote start via Hyundai Blue Link®.4

Q: Is a Hyundai Santa Fe bigger than a Tucson?

A: Yes, the Santa Fe is classified as a midsize SUV, whereas the Tucson is a compact crossover SUV.

Q: Does the 2022 Tucson have a CVT transmission?

A: No, the 2022 Tucson is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Q: What is the difference between the 2021 and 2022 Hyundai Tucson?

A: One of the main differences between the 2021 and 2022 Tucson is the powertrain; while the 2021 Tucson was equipped with either a 2.0L four-cylinder engine or 2.4L four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission, the 2022 comes exclusively with the 2.5L four-cylinder engine and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2022 Tucson also features distinct exterior styling and a revised interior and additional tech features.

Q: Is Hyundai Tucson a 7-seater?

A: No, the Hyundai Tucson is offered exclusively as a five-passenger SUV. Those looking for a three-row Hyundai model should explore the Hyundai Santa Fe (which is offered with three-row configurations on some model years) and the Hyundai Palisade (which comes standard with three rows).

Q: Why did Hyundai name a car Tucson?

A: The Tucson is named after the city of Tucson, Arizona. Hyundai tends to name vehicles after major southwestern cities—as the Santa Fe is also named after the city in New Mexico.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle 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
2RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/09/2021. Learn more at
3Average estimates are based on prices on from December 1, 2019, through May 1, 2021. 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.
4Remote start functionality may require the purchase of a subscription plan and/or a compatible device like a smart phone. See the owner’s manual or manufacturer website for more information.
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