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$19,828 | 25,797 mi
2013 Hyundai Tucson$19,891 | 24,231 mi
2013 Hyundai Tucson$22,364 | 16,228 mi
2013 HYUNDAI TUCSON$24,500 | 4,211 mi
2012 Hyundai Tucson$16,595 | 29,425 mi
2012 Hyundai Tucson$17,994 | 21,337 mi
2012 Hyundai Tucson$19,995 | 20,310 mi
2012 Hyundai Tucson$20,995 | 31,129 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$16,895 | 28,973 mi
2011 HYUNDAI TUCSON$16,987 | 50,270 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$17,983 | 29,946 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$18,400 | 67,748 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$18,492 | 36,469 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$18,600 | 63,215 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$18,897 | 32,305 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$18,995 | 31,822 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$19,295 | 34,468 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$19,985 | 30,038 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$19,985 | 28,614 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$20,000 | 37,613 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$20,564 | 40,510 mi
2011 Hyundai Tucson$21,750 | 45,480 mi
2010 Hyundai Tucson$9,977 | 137,556 mi
2010 Hyundai Tucson$15,999 | 41,215 mi
2010 Hyundai Tucson$17,395 | 68,325 mi
2010 Hyundai Tucson$19,994 | 23,800 mi
2007 Hyundai Tucson$9,997 | 84,245 mi
2005 Hyundai Tucson$8,980 | 92,255 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.