Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - August 19, 2016

Expert Rating

4.5 (Excellent)
24 City / 30 Highway

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2017 Hyundai Tucson OVERVIEW

The Hyundai Tucson is a compact SUV with room for five. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is available, and customers have four trim levels to consider. Now in its third generation, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson is doing a stellar job in keeping up with the top competition.

What's New for 2017

One year removed from the release of an all-new model, Hyundai continues to update the product line. New this year is Android Auto and Apple Car Play, available on the top-end Limited edition only. The Limited edition also gains an available 315-watt Infinity premium audio system.

The door panels on the Sport trim have been upgraded and now feature greater use of premium materials. Hyundai’s popular YES Essentials stain-resistant fabric has been expanded to now include all color choices. New console-mounted air conditioning vents are found on all Eco and Sport models.

Choosing Your Hyundai Tucson

Four trim levels are available with the 2017 Hyundai Tucson: SE, Eco, Sport, and Limited. Front-wheel drive is standard across the model line and all trims offer all-wheel drive, a $1,400 upgrade. All models come with six airbags. A lane departure warning system, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, and backup warning sensors.

The SE edition is the only trim powered by a 2-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All other trims are powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Fuel economy is competitive as the front-wheel drive SE model makes an EPA-rated 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Choose the front-wheel drive Tucson Eco and this model makes an EPA-rated 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

All 2017 Tucson models have a 1,500-pound towing capacity with trailer brakes. Without trailer brakes this SUV can pull up to 1,000 pounds.


A front-wheel drive Tucson SE is priced from $22,700. This model is outfitted with 17-inch alloy wheels shod within all-season tires, body-color mirrors, and exterior handles, and front solar glass and privacy glass. Standard features include stain-resistant seats, air conditioning, a rearview camera, a tilt and telescopic steering column, a 6-way power driver’s seat, and a 5-inch color audio display with SiriusXM satellite radio.


Priced from $24,150, the Tucson Eco brings in the turbo engine and pairs it with a dual-clutch transmission. All models come with projector headlights with LED accents, LED daytime running lights, halogen fog lights, roof rack side rails, and chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets. Inside, the Eco edition adds premium door sills, a power driver’s seat with lumbar support, vanity mirrors, and an illuminated glove box.


The Sport edition ($25,900) adds 19-inch alloy wheels, illuminated exterior front door handles, a hands-free smart liftgate with automatic opening and adjustable height setting, proximity key with push button start. Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and heated front seats are included. Two safety features are added: blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist. Most buyers should find the Tucson Sport meets the majority of their requirements and at an affordable price point.


The top-end Limited edition lives up to its luxury billing. Priced from $29,775, a long list of amenities is included. On the exterior, shoppers will find chrome touches on the grille and on the door handles, LED headlights and LED taillights, and a shark fin antenna. Upgraded cabin amenities include a power front passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, an upgraded instrument panel, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Blue Link telematics, and an automatic dimming rearview mirror. An available $2,750 Ultimate package adds HID lights, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. Choose the top trim, add the Ultimate package, and bring in all-wheel drive and your final price tops $34,000.

CarsDirect Tip

If you’re on the road a lot with your family, consider the Yes Essentials fabric for your Tucson. Spilled drinks are easily wiped away and no telltale stains can be found. If you bring your furry friends with you on the road, the fabric also controls odors.

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