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Take to the road in a premium crossover SUV.

Hyundai Tucson Review | CarMax

The Hyundai Tucson was introduced in 2004 and has been in its third generation of production since 2015. Known for its spacious interior, comfortable ride, and expansive trim offerings, the Hyundai Tucson is a strong contender if you're shopping for a crossover SUV.

Read on to learn more about the Hyundai Tucson:

Key Specs & Features (2015-2019)

  • Multiple engine offerings, including a base 2.0L four-cylinder at 164 horsepower and a 2.4L four-cylinder at 182 horsepower. Some model years offer a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine on certain trim levels.
  • All-wheel drive available as an optional add-on for all trims. Some upper trim levels, such as the Limited, come standard with all-wheel drive.
  • Generous standard features, especially in recent model years. The 2019 base SE trim, for instance, comes standard with heated mirrors, a rearview camera, seven-inch touchscreen interface, and smartphone integration.
  • Excellent cargo storage space for a vehicle of this class; the 2017 Tucson, for example, offers 61.9 cubic feet with rear seats folded down and 31 cubic feet with rear seats intact.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Great Handling and Maneuverability

The sleek and compact design of this crossover SUV, along with its relatively low profile and stability/traction control, make for easy steering and handling. The Hyundai Tucson handles more like a sedan than an SUV, which may be welcome news for those who need to navigate busy city streets or tight corners on their daily commutes.

2. Engine Options

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Even the Tucson's base 2.0L engine kicks out 164 horsepower in the 2019 model year, and an upgraded option (2.4L at 181 horsepower) is available in some trim levels. The 2016 and 2017 model years also come with an available turbocharged 1.6L engine in the Eco trim, which is a great choice for those who crave a bit more power behind the wheel.

3. Plenty of Space for Everyone

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The Tucson is an excellent SUV for growing families and/or those with a need for cargo storage space. Despite its compact design, the 2018 Tucson specifically is able to offer 61.9 cubic feet of maximum storage space with the rear row of seats folded down. Even with rear seats in use, you can enjoy 31 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk.

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4. Great Technology Features

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While a touchscreen interface didn't become standard equipment until the Tucson's 2016 model year, Hyundai has always been ahead of the game with its infotainment offerings. The 2019 Tucson includes an easy-to-use audio and navigation system, as well as standard smartphone integration and a wireless charging pad (on Sport trim and above) and voice control commands.

5. Plenty of Standard Features

Speaking of standard features, the Tucson has a lot to offer in its third generation (2015-present). While the 2015 Tucson's base GLS trim may be a little bare-bones for some, more recent model years come equipped with plenty of standard features to make your life easier and your driving experience more enjoyable. In the 2017 Tucson's base SE trim, for example, standard features range from a five-inch touchscreen display and rearview camera to rear privacy glass, Bluetooth® connectivity, and heated mirrors.


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What You Need to Know

Trim Configurations

Since the third generation Hyundai Tucson was released in 2015, it has been available in 10 different trim configurations. The only trims that have remained a consistent offering since 2015 are the SE and Limited.

  • GLS (2015) - The base GLS includes such standard features as 17-inch alloy wheels, power accessories, a six-speaker sound system, and USB connectivity. A Popular Equipment package is available as an optional add-on.
  • SE (2015-2019) - Standard equipment on the SE trim includes a 2.4L engine, roof rails, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors.
  • SE Plus (2017) - The SE Plus trim includes leather upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, an eight-inch touchscreen interface, smartphone integration, and an upgraded eight-speaker sound system.
  • SEL (2018-2019) - The SEL boasts smartphone integration, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and a seven-inch touchscreen display.
  • SEL Plus (2018) - Standard equipment and features on the SEL Plus trim include a power-adjustable passenger seat, upgraded door trim, navigation system, and a premium Infinity sound system.
  • Value (2018-2019) - The Value trim upgrades to a turbocharged 2.4L engine, along with larger 19-inch wheels and a panoramic sunroof. This trim also includes stain-resistant upholstery, and a hands-free liftgate for added convenience.
  • Limited (2015-2019) - Standard features on the Limited trim include chrome exterior trim, a handy rear cover that easily retracts, dual-zone climate control, and keyless entry/ignition.
  • Eco (2016-2017) - The Tucson's Eco trim boasts a turbocharged 1.6L engine, roof rails, foglights, and a power driver seat with lumbar support for added comfort.
  • Sport (2016-2019) - The popular Sport trim includes 19-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, hands-free liftgate, keyless entry/ignition, and heated front seats.
  • Night (2017) - The Night trim level comes with sleek all-black side mirrors and side sills. It also comes standard with a panoramic sunroof and a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Interior Options

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Between the 2015 and 2019 model years, the Hyundai Tucson has been available with eight different fabric/interior options:

  • Black Cloth (2015-2019)
  • Beige Cloth (2015-2019)
  • Gray Cloth (2017-2019)
  • Black Cloth with Leatherette (2015)
  • Beige Cloth with Leatherette (2015)
  • Beige Leather (2015-2019)
  • Black Leather (2015-2019)
  • Brown Leather (2015)

Exterior Colors

The Hyundai Tucson has been available in 22 colors from 2015 through 2019:

  • Ash Black Mica (2015-2017)
  • Diamond SIlver Metallic (2015)
  • Garnet Red Mica (2015)
  • Graphite Gray Metallic (2015)
  • Kona Bronze Mica (2015)
  • Laguna Blue Mica (2015)
  • Shadow Gray Metallic (2015)
  • Winter White Solid (2015-2017)
  • Caribbean Blue (2016-2018)
  • Chromium Silver (2016)
  • Coliseum Gray (2016-2019)
  • Dazzling White (2016-2019)
  • Molten Silver (2016-2019)
  • Sedona Sunset (2016-2018)
  • Black Noir Pearl (2017-2019)
  • Mojave Sand (2017)
  • Ruby Wine (2017-2018)
  • Aqua Blue (2018-2019)
  • Dusk Blue (2018-2019)
  • Gemstone Red (2018-2019)
  • Sage Brown (2019)
  • White Pearl (2019)

Similar Vehicles

Check out some similar vehicles to the Hyundai Tucson as you shop for the right SUV for you.

Kia Sportage

The 2019 Kia Sportage offers a more impressive base engine than the Tucson at 2.4L and 181 horsepower on its base LX and EX trims. Its SX Turbo trim even comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0L at a whopping 240 horsepower. The 2019 Tucson, however, offers nearly 10 more cubic feet of maximum cargo space and two more trim configurations to choose from.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Those in the market for a slightly larger and sportier crossover may want to check out the Tucson's close cousin, the Santa Fe. For the 2019 model year, the Santa Fe was revamped with a standard 2.4L engine at 185 horsepower—and upper trims come with a turbocharged 2.0L engine at 235 horsepower. The Santa Fe also offers a bit more passenger and cargo space at 35.9 cubic feet in the trunk and up to 71.3 cubic feet with rear seats folded.

Hyundai Kona

On the flip side, for those wanting a vehicle that's a bit smaller than the Tucson, the Hyundai Kona may fit the bill. The Kona is a subcompact crossover that still seats up to five people, but comes in a smaller package. The 2019 Kona is available in four trim options, with a 2.0L engine at 147 horsepower being standard on the base SE and SEL trims. The upper two trims come equipped with a turbocharged 1.6L engine at 175 horsepower, though cargo space maxes out at just 45.8 cubic feet (that's 26 cubic feet smaller than the 2019 Tucson).

Kia Sorento

The 2019 Kia Sorento comes standard with a third row of seating, so it can fit up to seven people (compared to five people in the Tucson). The 2019 Sorento also comes with a wider range of engine options, including a standard 2.4L at 185 horsepower and an optional 3.3L V6 at 290 horsepower. And while there is just over 11 cubic feet of storage behind the third row, the second and third rows can be folded down to max out cargo space at an impressive 154 cubic feet.

The Bottom Line

The Hyundai Tucson is a well rounded choice if you're shopping for a crossover SUV. The Tucson is known for Its extensive trim offerings, generous standard features, and comfortable interior—perfect for road trips and your daily commute.

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