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2021 Hyundai Tucson review

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Hyundai Tucson highlights

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Pros

  • Smart styling inside and out
  • Value-laden package that's thousands less than many rivals

Cons

  • Not quite as spacious as the roomiest compact SUVs
  • EPA estimates fall short of best in class

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 25 highway, 23 combined

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Value-rich 2021 Hyundai Tucson shouldn't be overlooked

The Tucson has quietly been selling against rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. While it’s not quite as spacious as its roomiest compact SUV rivals, it counters with a value-rich package that's difficult to match. All trim levels—SE, Value, SEL, Sport, Limited, and Ultimate—offer extensive standard equipment.

The SE and Value make do with a 2.0-liter engine, which is adequate rather than exciting. The 2.4-liter of the SEL and above adds some useful performance into the mix, even if it’s not exactly a fireball when it comes to acceleration. Instead, enjoy the Tucson’s fine steering and sharp suspension, which make it among the more enjoyable compact SUVs to drive. It's an impressive package. As the Tucson heads toward a redesign, don't rule out the 2021 model. Unlike so many, the Tucson manages to bow out on a high.

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2021 Hyundai Tucson trims

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SE:

  • Includes the 2.0L GDI four-cylinder engine, forward collision-avoidance assist, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, seven-inch color touchscreen, and more.

  • View all Hyundai Tucson SEs in stock

Value:

SEL:

Sport:

Limited:

Ultimate

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Hyundai Tucson

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.

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

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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

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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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  • Remote start

  • Heated mirrors

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.5 out of 5

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Above Average

RepairPal gave the Hyundai Tucson an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Hyundai Tucson 10th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Hyundai Tucson features and specs

SE 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

161

Torque (ft-lbs)

150

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

16.4

Wheelbase

105.1"

Overall length

176.4"

Width

72.8"

Height

64.8"

Leg room

F 41.5"/R 38.2"

Head room

F 39.6"/R 39.2"

Front tires

P225/60HR17

Rear tires

P225/60HR17

Seating capacity

5

Max towing capacity

100/1000 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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Color options

Exterior colors

  • Aqua Blue

  • Black Noir Pearl

  • Dusk Blue

  • Magnetic Force

  • Stellar Silver

  • White Cream

  • Winter White

Interior details

  • 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)

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Find out more about this rating and how NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

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