Passengers in the back also get their own power outlet, and those with allergies will appreciate the Hyundai Tucson’s air filter for pollen and dust. Windows, door locks and the deck lid are all powered features, though this is becoming increasingly common. Cabin storage includes door cubbyholes and space in the console, as well. Rather than use all five seats, four adults will enjoy the comfort of the seats, and rear passengers can take advantage of a fold-down armrest for longer drives.
In terms of the competition, the Subaru Forester has the best ground clearance of any compact crossover, great towing capacity and standard all-wheel drive. Fuel economy can suffer as a result, however. The Toyota Rav4 has better cargo volume, but doesn’t have as many standard features and worse fuel economy. The Nissan Rogue has a more striking exterior, but the continuously-variably transmission causes many headaches and hunts for gears.
What sticks out among compact crossovers is that the Tucson has both the features and the handling to match its handsome exterior lines.
The Hyundai Tucson has an enviable feature set at one of the lowest price points. Even the GL gets power mirrors, windows and locks. It’s available with a manual, which some may actually like. Air conditioning with an air filter is standard as are numerous storage compartments and a USB-connected stereo. Safety features include electronic stability and traction control, as well as six standard airbags. The four-cylinder engine puts out about 170 HP, and is mated with a six-speed transmission powering the front wheels. It also gives the Tucson a 23/31 mileage split for city and highway driving from the 15.3 gallon tank.
The GLS adds several features that could make it easier on families and other owners. For example, standard roof rails add the option of additional exterior storage. Satellite radio is standard, as is seatback storage. The Hyundai Tucson GLS joins the GL in having cloth seats, and as in the GL, the second row has a split bench seat. Power is slightly increased to 176 HP, while torque gets a boost to 168 ft.-lb. Yet, while the city MPG drops by one, the highway fuel economy actually improves to 32 MPG. Finally, protection is improved with a vehicle anti-theft alarm.
The Hyundai Tucson continues the GLS feature set, but replaces the cloth seats with leather. Other interior improvements include an automatic chromatic rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener to reduce clutter. There is also a cargo area cover to reduce theft and protect groceries. Like the GLS, the Hyundai Tucson Limited also comes with available all-wheel drive, although the rest of the drivetrain is the same. In addition, it actually has a reduced payload due to the increased feature set, down more than 100 pounds.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Hyundai Tucson$20,500 | 33,322 mi
2013 Hyundai Tucson$21,890 | 14,141 mi
2013 Hyundai Tucson$21,995 | 16,406 mi
2013 Hyundai Tucson$21,995 | 31,754 mi
2013 Hyundai Tucson$23,250 | 8,463 mi
2013 Hyundai Tucson$23,995 | 27,693 mi
2012 Hyundai Tucson$17,464 | 40,383 mi
2012 Hyundai Tucson$19,400 | 38,372 mi
2012 Hyundai Tucson$19,762 | 61,116 mi
2012 Hyundai Tucson$19,873 | 21,335 mi
2012 HYUNDAI TUCSON$19,896 | 34,009 mi
2012 Hyundai Tucson$19,991 | 41,272 mi
2012 Hyundai Tucson$20,990 | 24,770 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$14,592 | 81,815 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$16,995 | 42,639 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$17,392 | 67,300 mi
2011 HYUNDAI TUCSON$17,590 | 63,306 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$17,912 | 35,961 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$18,275 | 42,204 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$18,447 | 77,812 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$18,806 | 37,171 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$18,995 | 34,311 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$19,488 | 46,250 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$20,869 | 45,480 mi
2010 HYUNDAI TUCSON$14,877 | 55,014 mi
2010 Hyundai Tucson$17,492 | 32,721 mi
2010 Hyundai Tucson$18,750 | 41,014 mi
2010 Hyundai Tucson$19,599 | 64,246 mi
Subtle styling and good cargo space, but a bit too bland.
Best in class, but lacks ride quality over uneven pavement.
Great all-weather handling, but not as affordable.
Good looking SUV and good suspension, but lacks torque.