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2013 Hyundai Tucson Review

The 2013 Hyundai Tucson ranks near the top of its class. The Tucson has intutive tech features, a potent available engine, good maneuverability, and an agreeable ride quality. It also rates highly for reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Easy maneuverability
  • Intuitive features and buttons
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Cramped rear seat

New for 2013

  • Heated front seats, fog lights, and automatic headlights standard in GLS
  • Proximity key entry and push-button start standard in Limited

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Hyundai Tucson's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Hyundai Tucson has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 39 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.4
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2013 Hyundai Tucson Overview

Is the 2013 Hyundai Tucson a Good Used SUV?

Drivers looking for a no-frills daily driver will find a used 2013 Tucson to be a pretty good SUV. It's easy to steer in tight spots, and the ride quality is generally comfortable. Its tech features are quite user-friendly. The Tucson also rates highly for reliability. However, a few rival compact SUVs offer more cargo space. 

Used 2013 Hyundai Tucson Performance and Interior

The 2013 Hyundai Tucson's standard powertrain is a 165-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. This engine only comes with front-wheel drive. A larger four-cylinder engine that makes 176 horsepower is also available. It comes with the automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive.

The base engine is underpowered for most applications. The larger engine has enough torque to move the Tucson from a stop more briskly, while the additional horsepower provides better highway acceleration. However, this engine can also sound overly loud under heavy acceleration. The Tucson has balanced handling and is easy to maneuver in small spaces. Ride quality is good with FWD models, though AWD Tucsons feel harsher over bumps. Fuel economy estimates range from 19-22 mpg in the city and 25-30 mpg on the highway, depending on the powertrain.

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The Hyundai Tucson seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Some models may have cloth and leatherette seats, heated front seats, leather seats, or a power-adjustable driver's seat. The Tucson’s LATCH child-seat system includes two sets of rear lower anchors and three tether anchors. The front seats have ample room for occupants, though critics are split on the seats' comfort. The second row isn’t as spacious as what some rival SUVs offer, either. Thick pillars, a sloping roof, and small windows hamper rear outward visibility.

Standard features in the 2013 Hyundai Tucson GL include keyless entry, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and a USB port. Available features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Bluetooth, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a touch-screen navigation system, and a panoramic sunroof. Dashboard controls are easy to reach, and the navigation interface is intuitive and straightforward.

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Used 2013 Hyundai Tucson Prices

You can expect to pay between about $10,500 and $14,800 for a used 2013 Hyundai Tucson. Prices depend on the SUV's mileage, features, and condition, as well as your location.

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For our 2013 Hyundai Tucson review, we researched dozens of professional evaluations, along with safety scores, reliability data, and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Hyundai Tucson?

The 2013 Hyundai Tucson has an excellent reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Tucson?

The 2013 Tucson received four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It earned four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test. The Tucson was also named a 2013 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. While the Tucson earned the IIHS' highest mark of Good in four tests, it scored Poor in the small overlap front test. A rearview camera is the only driver assistance feature available in the Tucson.

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Is the 2013 Tucson the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Hyundai Tucson is part of the SUV's second generation, which spans the 2010 through 2015 model years. There were few major changes over the couple of years prior to 2013, though the suspension was improved for the 2012 model year. Therefore, you may want to consider a very similar older model to save some money.

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Which Used Hyundai Tucson Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Hyundai Tucson is available in GL, GLS, and Limited trims. You'll want to go with at least a Hyundai Tucson GLS. It adds the stronger engine and is available with AWD. This model also comes with heated front seats, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, and leatherette seat bolsters. If you want full leather or a power driver's seat, step up to the Limited. Some Limited models also feature touch-screen navigation, a rearview camera, and a sunroof.

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Hyundai Tucson and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Tucson or 2013 Ford Escape?

The 2013 Ford Escape has one of the worst reliability ratings in the class, but it offers more – and better – engines. There are three engines total, and two of them are turbocharged. All provide good power and fuel economy. Handling is engaging and the ride quality is comfortable. Fully redesigned for 2013, the Escape has quality interior materials and laudable passenger space. Though we named the Escape our 2013 Best Compact SUV for the Money award winner when it was new, used Escapes tend to have higher average prices than used Tucsons. Some of the Escape's tech features can also be hard to use. Stick with the Tucson in this instance.

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Tucson or 2013 Toyota RAV4?

Like the Tucson, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 ranks highly among compact SUVs because of its great reliability rating. These SUVs aren't perfect though. Both have mediocre engine power and controlled, if uninspiring, handling. Inside, the RAV4 offers plenty of space, but the quality isn't up to snuff. You'll get more standard features with the RAV4, such as Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and a touch-screen system, but it has higher average purchase prices than the Tucson. Test drive both models to see which you prefer.

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