Hyundai Tucson

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2017 Hyundai Tucson Overview

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson ranks 3 out of 18 Compact SUVs.

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson's spacious cabin and expansive list of standard and optional features highlight the crossover’s ability to provide a comfortable and safe ride. Its graceful handling and high safety scores should put both drivers and passengers’ minds at ease. 

SEATING


5

MPG


21-26

  CITY


26-32

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD, AWD

HP


164-175
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Pros & Cons

  • Quiet cabin
  • Spacious back seats
  • High safety ratings
  • Some low-rent cabin materials

Notable for 2017

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now available

Hyundai Tucson Rankings and Research

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson ranking is based on its score within the Compact SUVs category. Currently the Hyundai Tucson has a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 23 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.5
Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.8
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 4_0

Rankings

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2017 Hyundai Tucson Review

By Alexa Lardieri June 23, 2017

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson's spacious cabin and expansive list of standard and optional features highlight the crossover’s ability to provide a comfortable and safe ride. Its graceful handling and high safety scores should put both drivers and passengers’ minds at ease. 

Is the Hyundai Tucson a Good SUV?

The Tucson impresses with its tech features, and its smooth, quiet ride is similar to a car's. The crossover carries a starting price tag ($22,700) that's a little less than others in the compact SUV class and is a good choice for anyone looking for a roomy vehicle with great safety features. However, despite its appealing design and features, the Tucson isn't perfect. Its cabin has unimpressive interior materials, and rivals like the Ford Escape offer more-powerful engine choices.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Tucson?

You should consider the Hyundai Tucson if you're looking for a safe and reliable vehicle with popular features and a great warranty. The Tucson stacks up well against competitors, but its interior, which is full of hard plastics, falls short of rival's interiors, like the Kia Sportage's. In addition to its many features, the Tucson offers good cargo room, with plenty of in-cabin storage space. The Tucson should also be on your list if you're looking to comfortably fit a family of five. With its spacious seats, everyone will have enough room to relax in the Tucson's hushed cabin. The compact SUV class is competitive, but the Tucson holds its own.

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We Did the Research for You: 23 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We analyzed 23 different pieces of research and data to help customers decide if the 2017 Hyundai Tucson is the right vehicle for them. Our reviews are based on data like crash test and reliability ratings from independent agencies, as well as reviews from professional auto journalists. We’ve done the research and expert analysis so you can make a smart buying decision. The Hyundai Tucson was completely redesigned for the 2016 model year and sees no major changes for 2017. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2016 and 2017 model years.

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How Much Does the Hyundai Tucson Cost?

The Hyundai Tucson starts at $22,700, which is below average for the class, but it doesn't skimp on features, which include a 5-inch touch screen and Bluetooth. The highest trim starts at $29,775 and comes with leather upholstery, navigation and smartphone integration capabilities such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is a steep price increase from the base trim. You can get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in competitors like the Honda CR-V for less. The Sport trim, which starts at $25,900 comes with a little bit of everything – convenience, comfort, and safety – for a reasonable price. It has heated seats, a hands-free smart liftgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and safety features like lane change assist and blind spot monitoring. There are two packages available for the Tucson: one for the base trim and one for the highest trim. They cost $750 and $2,750 and add things like an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, lane departure warning, and a panoramic sunroof.

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Hyundai Tucson Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Hyundai Tucson or Kia Sportage?

With a starting price of $23,000, the Kia Sportage is slightly more expensive than the Tucson. However, the Sportage's interior is luxurious when compared to the hard plastics that abound in the Tucson's cabin. The Sportage has a quiet, sophisticated interior, with top-shelf materials and a handsome design. The Sportage and the Tucson have similar standard features, including a rearview camera and Bluetooth. However, you can add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the Sportage's base trim as part of a $2,000 package. These features aren't available in the Tucson until you're paying almost $29,800 for the highest trim. The Sportage also has more packages available than the Tucson, giving customers the option to add features without upgrading an entire trim. This helps you get the features you want without breaking the bank. Both vehicles deliver similar performance with engines that feel a bit underpowered, though they both provide comfortable handling. Overall, the Sportage gets you more for your money.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Tucson or Ford Escape?

The Ford Escape starts at $23,750 and comes with similar standard features as the Tucson. Where the Escape shines over the Tucson is performance. Skip the Escape's 168-horsepower base engine and upgrade to the turbocharged, 179-horsepower four-cylinder engine for $1,500. With this upgrade, the Escape has much more power and better acceleration than the Tucson. If you have a need for more speed, the Escape can be outfitted with an even more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 245 horsepower. This provides even stronger and livelier acceleration. The Escape is also one of the best-handling compact SUVs in the class. It drives like a car, with sharp and responsive steering that provides a good balance between a sporty and comfortable ride. This engine will cost you though. It's a $1,345 option in the Escape's SE trim, which starts at $25,250, bringing your total to $26,595. This is more expensive than the Tucson's midlevel Sport trim, though the Sport trim comes with many more features, such as lane change assist and heated front seats. The Escape's SE trim doesn't add much to its base trim. Aside from extras like satellite radio and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, you're really just getting the upgraded engine. But if a more exhilarating ride is important to you, go for it.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Tucson or Honda CR-V?

At $24,045, the Honda CR-V has a higher starting price than the Tucson. It comes standard with similar features but offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto at lower prices. You'll also get features such as a sunroof and leather upholstery for slightly lower prices as well. Additionally, the CR-V has a nicer interior with soft-touch materials, whereas the Tucson's interior is full of hard plastics. The CR-V also offers substantially more cargo room with 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 75.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down (the Tucson has 31 cubic feet with the seats up and 61.9 with them down). When it comes to performance, the Honda CR-V is more powerful and offers a turbocharged engine that makes 190 horsepower. In the end, the CR-V is more expensive than the Tucson, but it is worth it. The CR-V beats the Tucson in many significant areas, including features, interior quality, cargo room, and performance.

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Tucson Interior

How Many People Does the Tucson Seat?

The Tucson easily seats up to five people in its spacious two rows. It comes standard with stain-resistant cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and a 60/40 split rear seat. Available seating features include an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front and rear seats, and leather upholstery.

Its front seats are supportive to keep drivers comfortable on long rides. The Tucson's rear seats are roomy, even for extra-tall passengers, and they recline, offering even more space.

Tucson and Car Seats

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson has room for two child seats in the back row. There are two sets of LATCH anchors in the outboard seats and they are easy to access. The three top tether anchors are clearly marked and also easy to access. However, the middle seat's top tether slightly blocks the driver's rear visibility.

Tucson Interior Quality

The Tucson’s interior materials are lacking. Although they aren’t terrible, you won’t be blown away. In the lower trim models, the materials are mostly hard plastics. It’s only when you get to the top-of-the-line model that leather stitching is added to the dashboard – but for the price, it’s still underwhelming. However, the cabin is incredibly quiet and comfortable. For a compact SUV with a more impressive interior, look at the Kia Sportage and Honda CR-V. Both have redesigned cabins that are upscale with high-quality materials and a stylish design.

Tucson Cargo Space

There is 31 cubic feet of cargo space in the Tucson with its rear seats in use (enough to carry a daybed) and 61.9 cubic feet with them folded (enough for a double-sized mattress). Although this is about average for the class, several competitors offer more space, including the Honda CR-V.

The Tucson has many interior storage compartments in the vehicle to keep all your belongings organized while driving. The crossover also features a dual-level rear cargo floor, which increases its cargo-carrying capabilities. To help fill all that cargo space, you can use the Tucson’s available power liftgate. It sets itself apart from other crossovers' hands-free tailgates because there is no foot waving required to open it; the door opens automatically when the key is within 3 feet of the rear of the vehicle.

Tucson Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson comes standard with a 5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker sound system, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Optional features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an Infinity premium audio sound system, HD Radio, navigation, a 4.2-inch gauge cluster, and an 8-inch touch screen.

The Tucson’s features are easy to use no matter how tech savvy you are, and there are plenty of options when it comes to the SUV’s infotainment system. The most notable update for the 2017 model is available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which allow you to sync your phone to the Tucson’s infotainment system. They show messages, directions, and other applications on the Tucson’s large display. The standard 5-inch and available 8-inch touch screens are user-friendly thanks to a simple layout and easy-to-navigate menus. The available 4.2-inch LCD screen in the gauge cluster is vibrant and easily seen, and the Tucson’s clean dashboard and straightforward design make everything easily accessible.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Tucson Performance

Tucson Engine: What’s Under the Hood

The 2017 Tucson’s 2.0-liter four cylinder base engine comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and produces a modest 164 horsepower. Although the engine may not get your heart pounding, it is very quiet and more refined than most rivals' engines. In addition to the standard engine is an available 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 175 horsepower. It is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, which is incredibly smooth. Although the turbocharged engine provides more power than the base engine, acceleration could be stronger and there is some turbo lag. For an SUV with superior performance, the Ford Escape is a good choice, offering more power than the Tucson. Its available turbocharged engines offer peppy acceleration.

Tucson Gas Mileage: Above Average

The Hyundai Tucson get above-average fuel economy for its class. With the base engine it gets 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, costing you about $2.24 to drive 25 miles. The turbocharged engine in the Eco trim gets 26/32 mpg city/highway, costing you about $2.08 to drive 25 miles. The Sport and Limited trims with the turbocharged engine get 25/30 mpg city/highway, costing you about $2.16 to drive 25 miles. Opting for all-wheel drive in any model will slightly lower your fuel economy.

Tucson Ride and Handling: Smooth Sailing

The Tucson's ride quality is a mixture of soft suspension and sporty handling. It does a good job handling bumps and is forgiving over potholes. It keeps everyone comfortable on multiple terrains. The Sport model has a firm ride over rough roads. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. For some of the best handling in the class, the Ford Escape delivers sharp steering and an agile ride.

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Tucson Reliability

Is the Hyundai Tucson Reliable?

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson receives a four out of five predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power. That means the Tucson is one of the most reliable cars on the road. This is better than the Kia Sportage and Ford Escape's 3.5 rating.

Hyundai Tucson Warranty

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson is covered by a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. This is one of the better warranties in the class. The Kia Sportage has the same terms, but it beats the warranties of the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.

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Tucson Safety

Tucson Crash Test Results

The Hyundai Tucson receives a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five out of five stars in frontal and side crash tests and four out of five in rollover tests. The Tucson receives the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest score of Good in all crashworthiness categories and a Superior score in front crash prevention. It also earns an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation.

The Kia Sportage earns an even better Top Safety Pick+ title. The Ford Escape, however, only scores a Basic in front crash prevention and failed to earn a Top Safety Pick title.

Tucson Safety Features

Hyundai doesn’t scrimp when it comes to safety features. The base trim comes standard with a rearview camera and brake assist. Upper trims include lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert, which warns you of vehicles in your path or approaching your path when you're backing up. A lane departure warning that alerts you if you accidently drift out of your lane is also available. The Honda CR-V has similar features but takes it a step further with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and Honda LaneWatch, which is a blind spot monitoring system.

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Which Hyundai Tucson Model Is Right for Me?

The Hyundai Tucson starts at $22,700, which is below average for the class, and it offers typical standard features for its price, including a rearview camera and cloth upholstery. Other than that and a few technical features, such as a six-speaker sound system and Bluetooth, the base trim isn't anything special, so you'll have to upgrade to get advanced features. If its safety features you want, consider the Sport trim, which starts at $25,900. It comes standard with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. It also adds heated seats and a turbocharged engine but doesn't come with much in ways of infotainment technology. If it's tech features you crave, like smartphone integration and navigation, you'll have to upgrade to the highest trim, the Limited, which starts at $29,775 and comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and an 8-inch touch screen. It also comes with the turbocharged engine, and an optional package that adds additional safety features is available. There is also an Eco trim that starts at $24,150, but other than slightly superior fuel economy, it doesn't add much and can be overlooked.

Hyundai Tucson SE

The Hyundai Tucson's base SE trim starts at $22,700. It seats five and comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Also standard is a rearview camera, stain-resistant cloth upholstery, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker sound system. The Popular package is available for the SE trim for $750. It includes drive mode select, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, LED daytime running lights, and fog lights, among other features.

Hyundai Tucson Eco

The Eco trim starts at $24,150 and comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. It comes standard with the SE features and adds drive mode select, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, LED daytime running lights, and fog lights.

Hyundai Tucson Sport

The Tucson Sport starts at $25,900 and comes with the turbocharged engine and lower trim features. It adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, a hands-free smart liftgate, a push-button start, a proximity key, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Hyundai Tucson Limited

The highest trim, the Limited, starts at $29,775. It comes with the turbocharged engine and lower trim features. It adds LED headlights and taillights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, an Infinity Premium Audio sound system, HD Radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, and an 8-inch touch screen. The Ultimate package is available with this trim for $2,750. It includes lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated seats, and a 4.2-inch LCD gauge cluster.

Who Makes the Hyundai Tucson?

The Hyundai Tucson is made by Hyundai Motor Company, a South Korean automotive manufacturer headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.

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The Final Call

The Hyundai Tucson is a good SUV to have on your list if you're looking to add a safe and reliable family vehicle to your garage. It has the popular features competitors like the Honda CR-V have, and it gets good fuel economy estimates. There is plenty of room for your family of five with the Tucson's spacious seats, and cargo space is average for the class. One drawback is its interior materials, which are mostly hard plastics, until you get to the highest trim. However, it's still an SUV that will satisfy those who take it home.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2017 Hyundai Tucson will look great in your driveway and deliver the value and versatility you expect from a small crossover SUV. The Tucson's optional turbocharged engine is a keeper, too." -- Edmunds
  • "Over a couple hundred miles and a few hours' of driving, the new Tucson acquitted itself as a highly adept, highly advanced crossover SUV that will more than hold its own against entrenched rivals. It may remain the smallest sibling in Hyundai's SUV lineup, but it now brings maturity, head-turning design and leading-edge technology to the table." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The Tucson is an excellent jack-of-all-trades option in a crowded and capable segment. Not content with simply offering the best value proposition in the segment, Hyundai has stepped it up and delivered one of the best small CUVs, period." -- Left Lane News (2015)
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