The Hyundai Tucson is a carryover for 2021 with changes limited to a few updates to the color palette. This means the compact crossover is back with the same two four-cylinder engines, the same comprehensive suite of safety features, and 7-inch touchscreen.
Choosing Your Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson is available in six trim levels: SE, Value, SEL, Sport, Limited, and Ultimate. Pricing starts at $24,840 including destination for the base SE and climbs to $33,190 for the range-topping Ultimate.
There are two four-cylinder engines available on the Tucson. The SE and Value trims feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the other four get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder.
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Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to the front wheels as standard, but all-wheel drive is a $1,400 option.
Towing capacity maxes out at 1,500 pounds in all configurations.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Tucson seats five passengers and offers 38.2 inches of rear leg room. There's 31 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, or 61.9 cubic feet with it folded down.
The Tucson is equipped with a basic level of active safety features. These include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and a driver attention warning system.
Moving up the trim levels, The Value and above get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, the Limited and above are equipped with a surround-view camera system, and the Ultimate features adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and pedestrian detection.
The Tucson carries a five-star overall safety rating with the NHTSA.
The base trim is the only model to go without HD radio, satellite radio, and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics services, but it does include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a front USB port.
The infotainment is controlled through a seven-inch color touchscreen display, which is upgraded to an eight-inch display with navigation on the Ultimate.
The SEL and above gets a second-row USB port, while the Sport, Limited, and Ultimate upgrade to an eight-speaker Infinity audio system and get a wireless charging pad.
The SE trim feels like a stripped out model with just a few notable features like 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-way manual driver’s seat, cloth seating, and a 3.5-inch LCD multi-information display in the gauge cluster.
The Value trim lives up to its name with some appreciable items like LED accent lighting, heated side, mirrors, roof rails, and eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, and push button start.
In what is even possibly a greater value, the SEL trim adds a bit of style and comfort with 18-inch wheels, upscale touches to the side sills and front and rear fascias, and chrome dual-tipped exhaust outlets. The interior receives nicer materials on the doors and dual-zone automatic climate control with AC vents for the rear passengers.
The Sport trim receives 19-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, fog lights, and a hands-free liftgate. Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter add to the sporty theme.
The Limited trim is notably more upscale with chrome trim highlighting the grille, door handles, and belt-line molding, as well as side mirrors with turn signal indicators. Interior upgrades include leather seating, an eight-way power passenger seat, and a heated steering whee..
The Ultimate trim receives premium features that attribute to its price. A panoramic sunroof, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a 4.2-inch display in the gauge cluster leave little chance of the top-tier Tucson being out-equipped by its competitors.
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson SEL includes today’s expected modern car creature comforts without loading on the premium features that drive up the price. It's where we'd start our search.