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2012 Hyundai Tucson Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Hyundai Tucson was new.


Interior: 7.7

With a price that won’t top $30,500 and upscale amenities like navigation and leather seats, reviewers say the 2012 Hyundai Tucson is a great value. The base model comes with power windows and door locks, satellite radio and a USB port, but regardless of which trim you select, all Tucsons have plenty of space for the driver and passengers. But while most everyone will be comfortable inside the Tucson, test drivers note that this SUV has significantly less cargo space than the competition.

  • "Unlike many of the humdrum interiors found in other crossover SUVs, the (2012) Hyundai Tucson offers a contoured twin-cowl dash that's available in two-tone color schemes. It's quite a bit more appealing than the plain, truck-style treatments seen in the competition, and more functional to boot." -- Edmunds
  • "Tucson's cabin is refined." -- Consumer Guide


Reviewers find the 2012 Tucson roomy enough for tall drivers and passengers, a praise that isn’t common in the compact SUV class. Front seat comfort is also good, especially for drivers who opt for the GLS and Limited models, which include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel.

  • "Headroom is quite good, and legroom is decent for tall folks, even with the front seats set far back. Wide-opening doors and a fairly large aperture mean entry and exit are easy." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Tucson provides a comfortable driving position for drivers of almost any size. We suggest opting for the GLS trim, though, as it includes a telescoping steering wheel along with other welcome items like Bluetooth, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel and high-quality leatherette/cloth upholstery. Backseat passengers aren't left out of the equation, either, as they'll enjoy respectable leg- and headroom. Sadly, the seat doesn't recline or slide fore and aft, as such seats frequently do in competing models." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson is loaded with standard features that are impressive for a compact SUV that costs a little more than $19,000. The base model has power windows and door locks, AM/FM and satellite radio and a USB port. Bluetooth isn’t standard, but it’s available on the next step up, the GLS trim, as are a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and steering wheel-mounted controls. Even with these features, the GLS trim is a good value. The Limited trim comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver seat, a rearview mirror with HomeLink, a system that is similar to GM’s OnStar, and leather seats. A rearview camera, touch-screen navigation, sunroof and premium audio system are optional, but even with these options, the Limited models won’t top $28,000. Reviewers say shoppers who select navigation will be pleased because the system is easy to use.

Overall, the Hyundai Tucson isn’t fitted with the best materials, but reviewers don’t mind because the Tucson’s interior quality is on par with the competition. Plus, it’s hard to beat the Tucson’s affordable, yet upscale amenities.

  • "The controls are simple and within easy reach, including those for the optional touchscreen navigation system." -- Edmunds
  • "There are still hard plastics on the dash and doors, but overall the cabin is more modern, with cool-blue lighting on the center stack and silver buttons there and on the steering wheel. It's also much quieter than before." -- Motor Trend
  • "As we've come to expect, the interiors are appointed to compete; they're certainly as high in quality as some small crossovers and nicer than most. From the dashboard and door panels to the optional leather seats, there's a consistency you won't find in the Honda CR-V." -- Cars.com
  • "The climate-control dials are large and logically placed. Tucson's navigation system features a large, clear touchscreen that makes controlling its functions easy. Audio controls are absorbed into the navigation system, though are not overly complicated to master. Digital-music-player integration is nearly seamless." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A minor quibble: It's great to have an iPod/USB connector, but it's in an open cubby in the center stack, not in a place where your iPod would be protected or concealed when you left the vehicle." -- About.com


Compared with its competitors, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson doesn’t have much cargo space. With the rear seats up, the Tucson provides 25.7 cubic feet, and 55.8 cubic feet with them folded. For more room behind the second row, consider the Chevrolet Equinox and Toyota RAV4.

  • "Tucson's seat backs fold nearly flat, though we wish Hyundai would include some sort of under-floor storage. A separate-opening glass liftgate window is no longer available, which is a bit disappointing. Generous small-items storage space includes a good-sized glove box, deep center-console bin, and large front-door pockets; the back seat's smaller door pockets offer added space for items such as water bottles." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Below-average cargo space." -- Edmunds

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