The 2020 Hyundai Tucson only sees minor changes following last year's redesign. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are now standard on the Sport model, while some exterior colors have been shuffled. Otherwise, it’s business as usual for Hyundai’s compact crossover.
Choosing Your Hyundai Tuscon
The Hyundai Tucson is available in six trims: SE, Value, SEL, Sport, Limited, and Ultimate. Pricing starts at $24,445 including destination for the SE and climbs to $32,795 for the Ultimate.
The SE and Value models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the rest of the range gets a 2.4-liter four-cylinder.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0L 4-Cylinder||161 hp||150 lb-ft||25 mpg|
|2.4L 4-Cylinder||181 hp||175 lb-ft||25 mpg|
Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on all trims, but all-wheel drive is available for $1,400.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Hyundai Tucson offers seating for five passengers and 31 cubic feet of cargo capacity. This doubles to 61.9 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down.
Crossover and SUV buyers demand plenty of safety features, and every Tucson comes through. It comes standard with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and a driver attention warning system.
Buyers can move up to the Value to further add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited gets a surround-view camera system, and the Ultimate is equipped with adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and pedestrian detection.
The standard infotainment system on the Hyundai Tucson is a 7-inch color touchscreen. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a USB port come standard. The Value model adds HD radio and satellite radio to the mix, the SEL gets a second-row USB port, and the Sport is equipped with wireless device charging. Move up to the Ultimate, and the Tucson gets an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation.
As the most affordable Tucson, SE models receive a basic specification that includes cloth upholstery, a six-way manual driver's seat, and manual air conditioning. It does get niceties such as automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, and remote keyless entry.
The Value brings some welcome upgrades. There’s a push-button start, heated front seats, and an eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar support. Heated side mirrors, side roof rails, and LED accent lights are other additions.
Hyundai SEL models ride on larger 18-inch alloy wheels and sport new front and rear fascias. There are new metallic side sills, while a chrome-tipped dual exhaust adds a classy touch at the back. Occupants benefit from dual-zone automatic climate control and rear air conditioning vents.
Sport models are all about aesthetics, with most of their upgrades centered on the car’s exterior. It gets 19-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, and LED headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights, and a hands-free smart liftgate. The cabin receives an eight-speaker Infinity audio system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
Considering it’s only $1,150 more than the Sport trim, the Limited comes with a surprising amount of extra features. Chrome adorns the grille, door handles, and window trim and the side mirrors add turn-signal indicators, though the wheels shrink back to 18 inches. The interior adds leather upholstery, an eight-way power passenger seat, and a heated steering wheel.
Buyers with deeper pockets will certainly be tempted by the extra safety features on Ultimate models. Additionally, the range-topper is equipped with a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, a 4.2-inch driver information display, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The extra features on the Ultimate model will persuade many buyers to pay more than $32,000 for their 2020 Hyundai Tucson, though the SEL manages to improve on the modest specifications of lower models without a significant price increase.