Incredible value. The 2019 Hyundai Tucson offers you a substantial value for your money. Base level trims get desirable features that are must-haves for many shoppers like automatic headlights, power adjustable seats, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, while the top trim levels rival many luxury SUVs with features like dual-zone climate control, ventilated seats, and a panoramic sunroof – but with a five-figure price discount.
Additionally, the Tucson comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty that's the best in the business. While it isn't transferable to the second owner, it does mean that the original buyer of the car won't have to worry about certain repair bills for nearly a decade. When compared to the industry norm of three years/36,000 miles, Hyundai's warranty seems to go on forever.
Cutting-edge technology. The Hyundai Tucson comes standard with forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and driver attention warning, while additional driver safety features like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available at the Value trim. The top level Ultimate gets the full suite, with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian avoidance, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.
Other cool but useful features include a hands-free tailgate, keyless proximity entry with push button start, wireless charging, and a surround-view camera system. While these features are quickly becoming more normal in "regular" cars, all of these features are available at trim levels that are less than $30,000.
No more turbocharged engine. The Tucson is no longer offered with last year's 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produced 175 horsepower and returned an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon combined. Instead, higher trims get a more powerful but less efficient naturally aspirated 2.4-liter (181 horsepower, 25 mpg combined).
The base engine remains the same, a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder. With only 164 horsepower, it certainly doesn't make the Tucson feel sporty, but it does fine for those who don't salivate when presented with an open on-ramp.
Both of these engines come equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission that's pretty par for the course compared to the competition. The same goes for its optional all-wheel-drive system, which is similar in function to most other front-wheel-based systems.
Not too small. The Honda CR-V may have it beat in total interior space, but the Tucson is no slouch with 61.9 cubic feet of space with the rear seats put down. Additionally, with 38.2 inches of leg room in the back, there's easily room for four adults to travel comfortably over longer distances. Three adults in the back may be a bit cramped though, so we'd recommend only having three friends if you plan on road tripping.
Additionally, the Tucson offers quite a few creature comforts for backseat passengers, especially at higher trim levels. The SEL trim gets rear air conditioning vents and USB ports for rear passengers, while the top-of-the-line Ultimate trim gets rear seat heaters. Most non-luxury vehicles tend to forget about the rear passengers, so these features could make the Tucson a compelling case for families with children who have graduated from the car seat.
Final thoughts. Anyone shopping for a compact crossover should include the Hyundai Tucson on their list. It comes with a ton of desirable features, an excellent warranty, and is bigger than many others in its class.
However, those seeking something a bit more livelier to drive should probably look elsewhere. The Tuscon has a completely lifeless steering feel, and while the bigger new engine has more power, it's still not as much as some rivals. This is a vehicle for those who don't really care much about the fun-to-drive factor.
If you're looking for more power, the Ford Escape is probably your best bet with its 2.0-liter turbo-four that puts out 245 horsepower, and enough power to tow with ease. Additionally, buyers concerned with fuel economy may want to consider the Toyota RAV4, which comes with a hybrid offering.
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