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2020 Hyundai Tucson Review

The 2020 Hyundai Tucson finishes near the middle of our compact SUV rankings. It has an above-average predicted reliability rating and a solid list of standard features. However, some competitors are more engaging to drive or have larger cargo areas.

Pros & Cons

  • Relaxed ride
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Solid list of standard technology
  • Long warranty
  • Uninspiring engine options
  • Lower fuel economy estimates than rivals
  • Below-average cargo space

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Hyundai Tucson's #8 ranking is based on its score within the Compact SUVs category. Currently the Hyundai Tucson has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 37 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 6.6
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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Is the Hyundai Tucson a Good SUV?

The 2020 Tucson is a good compact SUV. It has a comfortable ride, enough space for four adults to sit comfortably, and one of the longest new-car warranties available. Still the Tucson's underpowered engine lineup and below-average fuel efficiency drag down its overall score.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Tucson?

The Tucson is worth purchasing if a comfortable ride and a low sticker price are your top priorities. However, there are more well-round options worth a look. The Honda CR-V stands out with generous interior space and a more upscale cabin, while the Mazda CX-5 has a stronger available engine and more engaging handling. If you want to stay in the Hyundai family, you may also want to consider the Santa Fe. This midsize SUV costs about $2,600 more than the Tucson, but it has more cargo space.  

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Should I Buy a New or Used Hyundai Tucson?

The 2020 Tucson is part of a generation that debuted for the 2016 model year. There have been some notable changes throughout the years.

For the 2017 model year, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became available. Hyundai reshuffled trim levels and features for 2018. The 2019 Tucson received interior and exterior styling updates. Hyundai introduced an optional 2.4-liter engine for 2019, and it discontinued the 1.6-liter turbo-four engine that was previously available. Additional technology features also became standard, including automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and an infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a 7-inch touch screen. There are no major changes for the 2020 model year.

The 2017 Tucson likely offers the best bang for your buck. Though it lacks the redesigned exterior and lengthy list of features that became standard for 2019, many of these features were available as options for 2017.

Compare the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Tucson »

We Did the Research for You: 28 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 28 Hyundai Tucson reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all Tucson vehicles in the current generation, which includes the 2016 through 2020 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Does the Hyundai Tucson Cost?

Official pricing information for the 2020 Tucson is currently unavailable at the time of writing. That said, it has no major changes, so it will likely have a similar starting price to that of the 2019 Tucson (MSRP: $23,350). For reference, the 2019 model has one of the most affordable base prices for the class.

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Hyundai Tucson Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Hyundai Tucson or Hyundai Santa Fe?

Both the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Tucson have pleasant rides and comfortable seats. These stablemates also have similar lists of standard features, which include smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Size and cost are the key differences between the two models. As a midsize SUV, the Santa Fe has more passenger and cargo space, while the Tucson has a lower price tag. Go with the Santa Fe if you need the extra space. Otherwise, save some money and go with the Tucson.

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

The highly rated Honda CR-V is a better option than the Tucson. The Tucson's slightly higher predicted reliability rating and longer list of standard features are its only real advantages over the CR-V. Otherwise, the Honda features roughly 14 more cubic feet of cargo space, nearly 4 more cubic feet of extra passenger space, and a more refined interior. Compared to the Tucson, the CR-V has superior fuel economy with its base engine, which also happens to be more powerful than what the Tucson offers.

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Tucson Interior

How Many People Does the Tucson Seat?

There's seating for up to five people in the Tucson. This Hyundai doesn’t have as much passenger space as some of the competition, but there's enough room for adults to sit comfortably in both the front and rear seats. The rear-seat cushions don't have as much padding as the ones up front, but there's still a solid amount of support throughout the cabin. 

Tucson and Child Car Seats

The Tucson has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for its rear outboard seats and a single upper tether for the middle seat. The upper tethers are easy to find, but some of the lower tethers require too much force to attach child safety seats.

Tucson Interior Quality

There are quite a few hard plastic surfaces in the Tucson's cabin, though it does have a solid build quality. Although higher trims have slightly nicer interior materials, they don't quite hit the standard set by several class rivals.

Tucson Cargo Space

There's 31 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 61.9 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. That's less overall cargo space than many class rivals offer. On the plus side, the Tucson's cargo bay has a wide opening that makes loading larger items easier. A hands-free power liftgate is also available.

Tucson Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Tucson's easy-to-use standard infotainment system features a responsive 7-inch touch screen and handy physical audio and climate controls. The Tucson also comes standard with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system. Wireless device charging, an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, navigation, satellite radio, and a panoramic sunroof are available.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Tucson Performance

Tucson Engine: Two Choices, Both Underpowered

There's enough oomph for your daily commute, whether the Tucson is equipped with the base 161-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or the available 181-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder. However, they both feel lethargic on the highway. A smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission is standard, regardless of the engine you choose.

Tucson Gas Mileage: Behind the Pack

With its base engine, the Tucson delivers 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is below average for the class. Models with the optional engine get 1 less mpg in the city.

Tucson Ride and Handling: Just Comfortable

The Tucson offers composed handling and a relaxed ride, and it's easy to maneuver through cramped spaces. This is typical of many compact SUVs. However, its limited steering feedback makes it less enjoyable to drive than athletic rivals like the Mazda CX-5.

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Tucson Reliability

Is the Hyundai Tucson Reliable?

The 2020 Hyundai Tucson has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Hyundai Tucson Warranty

Hyundai covers the Tucson with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. These are longer warranties than what most of the competition provides.

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Tucson Safety

Tucson Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Hyundai Tucson the highest rating of Good in all crash safety tests and a Top Safety Pick designation.

The 2020 Tucson headlights received the highest rating of Good for forward visibility in the Ultimate trim and the lowest rating of Poor for forward visibility in the Sport and Limited trims.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The Tucson earned the highest lowest rating of Superior for its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, while the optional vehicle-to-pedestrian system earned the second-highest rating of Advanced.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Hyundai Tucson an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover tests.

Tucson Safety Features

Standard active safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and a rearview camera. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, pedestrian detection, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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Tucson Dimensions and Weight

This Hyundai is 14.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,309 to 3,732 pounds.

Where Is the Hyundai Tucson Built?

Hyundai builds the 2020 Tucson in South Korea.

Which Hyundai Tucson Model Is Right for Me?

The Tucson comes in six trim levels: SE, Value, SEL, Sport, Limited, and Ultimate. The base trim is a solid choice. It has plenty of standard features, including smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That said, the first three trim levels come with the base 2.0-liter engine, so you'll have to opt for the SEL trim if you want the stronger engine.

No packages are available, so you'll have to step up to a higher trim level if you want more than the standard assortment. Official pricing information for the 2020 Tucson is unavailable at the time of writing.

Hyundai Tucson SE

In addition to a 161-horsepower four-cylinder engine, the SE trim comes with an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. It also features forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane keep assist, and a rearview camera.

Hyundai Tucson Value

The Value trim has a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, satellite radio, HD Radio, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Hyundai Tucson SEL

The SEL trim adds a 181-horsepower four-cylinder engine, an additional USB port, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a few styling enhancements.

Hyundai Tucson Sport

The Sport trim comes with an eight-speaker Infinity audio system with wireless device charging, a hands-free power liftgate, and Clari-Fi music restoration technology, which improves the sound quality of the audio system.

Hyundai Tucson Limited

Standard features in the Limited trim include leather upholstery, enhanced interior and exterior styling, a power-adjustable passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, and a surround-view parking camera system.

Hyundai Tucson Ultimate

The top-of-the-line Ultimate trim has an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and navigation as well as ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Hyundai dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Hyundai deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Tucson is a decent compact SUV. It has a smooth ride, an above-average predicted reliability rating, and lots of standard and available features. Yet, some of its competitors are more enjoyable to drive and have more cargo space.

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

  • "We would never call the Tucson the most dynamic or fun-to-drive crossover, but it does offer up a handy bit of utility and comfort at a relatively low price point." -- Autoblog
  • "Even though it's not the most exciting vehicle in the class, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson feels refined and capable of competing against class leaders. We definitely recommend putting it on your short list of crossovers and taking one out for a test drive." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The 2019 Hyundai Tucson is a compact-crossover SUV, vying for the same buyers as the ever-popular Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, and the highly rated Mazda CX-5. Where the Tucson makes its case is with a generous amount of standard equipment and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: July 9, 2020

Tepid Sales: Like many cars and SUVs, Hyundai Tucson sales aren’t surging this year. To date in 2020, dealerships have moved 12.1 percent fewer Tucson models than during the same period in 2019. The Tucson is selling in the middle of the compact SUV class, with segment-leading Toyota RAV4 outselling it about 3 to 1.

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