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2013 Hyundai Tucson Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Hyundai Tucson was new.


Interior: 7.2

Reviewers agree that the 2013 Hyundai Tucson’s interior is well-designed and functional. Test drivers feel that with any trim, buyers will get a well-equipped SUV for their money. The Tucson seats five, but four will be more comfortable. Critics say the front seats are mostly comfortable with a good amount of room, but they say the rear seats can feel cramped. The Tucson has less cargo space than many of its competitors.

  • "Tucson features a refined cabin. The GLS is trimmed with soft-touch materials and brushed-chrome pieces. The seats are upholstered in a cloth/vinyl material that is rich and convincing; patterned-cloth seat inserts add some personality to the interior." -- Consumer Guide
  • "All Tucsons come well-equipped, so there is no confusing options list." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
  • "The Tucson features a modern interior with attractive touches throughout." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "The Tucson looks good on the inside. Not only do the surfaces and materials look good, they feel good as well. The rotary climate control dials felt a little light and a little cheap, as did the controls on the turn-signal stalk, but overall there were more hits than misses." -- Cars.com (2012)
  • "Inside the 2012 Hyundai Tucson you'll find an attractive, functional and roomy cabin. The five-passenger interior is more stylish than several of its competitors, and gauges and controls are well-placed and easy to operate." -- Edmunds (2012)


Reviewers have mixed opinions on seating comfort and cabin room, both in the front and back. Some say the Tucson has adequate space for passengers, while others feel that it trails the passenger space of other compact SUVs. Also, some test drivers note that rearward visibility and headroom are an issue in the Tucson because of its sloping roofline. Another gripe from reviewers is that the rear seats don’t slide or recline like in some rivals.

  • "Taller drivers will find plenty of headroom and legroom in the front seat. Our testers are divided on seat comfort; some say the buckets are comfortable enough for long drives, while others find them too firm." -- Consumer Guide
  • "If there's one area where the Tucson doesn't shine, it would be its relatively small cabin. Compared to bigger rivals like the Chevy Equinox and the fully redesigned Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Tucson's backseat offers less room and neither slides nor reclines." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Use extra caution when changing lanes as rear visibility is hampered by the Tucson's sloping roofline and small rear windows." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
  • "There are drawbacks to the interior. For one, the backseat area is fairly tight. Taller folks will find themselves wanting legroom unless the front passenger is willing to cede some space. Headroom in the backseat is OK, but the roofline is very low, making it possible for taller folks to bang their heads when exiting." -- Cars.com (2012)

Interior Features

Reviewers think that the 2013 Hyundai Tucson has an impressive list of standard features for an affordable compact SUV. Starting at less than $20,000, the base model GL comes with a six-speaker sound system with a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio and a six-way adjustable driver seat. Bluetooth, a telescopic steering wheel, heated front seats and steering wheel-mounted audio, Bluetooth and cruise control buttons are standard on the mid-level GLS trim. Opting for the top-of-the line Limited trim will get you leather seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Optional features include an upgraded stereo system, a rearview camera and a 6.5-inch touch-screen navigation system.

In general, reviewers like the Tucson’s fit and finish. Additionally, test drivers feel that the controls are easy to use and well-placed. Despite some hard plastic interior materials, reviewers believe the Tucson is on par with the rest of the class.

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  • "The climate-control dials are big and placed logically. The standard audio deck is very convenient to use. Tucson's navigation system has a large touchscreen that is clear to see and easy to use. Though the navigation system absorbs the audio controls, they are not overly complicated to master. Whether or not you opt for navigation, the integration of digital-music players is nearly seamless." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The dashboard and interior panels, although mainly hard plastic, are nicely textured. The controls are within easy reach, feel substantial - the beveled window switches are especially nice - and operate smoothly." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)


With the rear seats up, the 2013 Hyundai Tucson has 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space, and it has 55.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Reviewers feel that the cargo space is a bit limited in the Tucson, especially when compared with the cargo capacity of class leaders like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. However, one reviewer notes that there is plenty of cabin storage space in the Tucson’s passenger area.

  • "Tucson's rear seat backs fold almost flat, though we'd like some sort of under-floor storage. Small-items storage space in the cabin is generous. …" -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Tucson also gives up ground to its rivals in terms of cargo space. There are just 25.7 cubic feet behind the 60/40-split rear seats and 55.8 cubic feet with those seatbacks folded down. That latter number falls short of the CR-V, Subaru Forester and RAV4 by around 15 cubic feet, an amount of space equal to the entire trunk volume of some popular midsize sedans." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The 60/40 split second row accommodates six-foot passengers, but its cargo volume (25.7 cu ft) is smaller than many of its competitors." -- Motor Trend (2012)

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