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2014 Hyundai Tucson Review

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson doesn't have the most engaging performance, the nicest cabin, or the highest safety scores, but its combination of a comfortable ride, numerous features, and an above-average reliability rating make it a solid contender in our compact SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons


  • Poised handling
  • Handsome cabin



  • Underpowered base engine
  • Little space for cargo or back-seat passengers
  • Lower safety score than rivals


New for 2014

  • All-wheel drive became available on base model
  • Updated engines
  • Revised suspension
  • Bluetooth became standard

Rankings & Research

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Hyundai Tucson has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 45 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.4
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2014 Hyundai Tucson Overview

Is the 2014 Hyundai Tucson a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 Tucson is a decent option in the compact crossover class, but it's certainly not the best. Many rivals have higher safety scores and roomier rear seats. The Tucson's powertrains are also not as refined as those in most competitors. Still, the Tucson’s comfortable cabin, abundance of features, and smooth ride make it worth considering when looking for a small SUV.

The base Tucson comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that doesn't have quite enough grunt for highway driving. Higher trims have a more potent 2.4-liter four-cylinder that's better suited to high-speed driving. Both engines can be loud under heavy acceleration. A smooth-shifting six-speed automatic comes with both engines. With the base engine, the Tucson gets up to 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is a bit lower than many rivals' fuel economy estimates. The Tucson is very easy to maneuver, thanks to its small size and tight turning radius. It also has a smooth ride and is reasonably nimble around turns.

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Even though there are some hard plastic trim pieces in the Tucson's cabin, the materials are high-quality overall and the design is stylish. The front seats have plenty of head- and legroom, but the back seat isn't as spacious as the rear seats in some competitors. Visibility out of the rear is limited by the sloping roofline. The cabin can be fairly noisy, too. The Tucson has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, along with an additional upper tether on the middle seat. It's easy to find all of the connectors, which makes installing a child safety seat a simple task.

The Tucson’s standard features list is typical for a compact SUV; it includes Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system. Some used models have a touch-screen infotainment system with either a 4.3-inch screen or a 7-inch screen with navigation. Both screens have sharp graphics and intuitive controls. Connecting your smartphone to the infotainment system using Bluetooth is straightforward. The physical controls for adjusting climate settings are large and easy to reach. The Tucson has less cargo space than many rivals.

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Used 2014 Hyundai Tucson Prices

Prices for a used 2014 Tucson range from around $14,600 for a base model to just over $19,000 for an all-wheel-drive Limited model. Pices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Hyundai Tucson?

The Tucson’s reliability score is above average for a compact SUV. Still, some rivals earn much higher ratings.

How Safe Is the Tucson?

Most compact competitors have higher safety scores than the Tucson. The Tucson received mixed crash test ratings; it earned a top score in most Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, but a bottom rating in the small overlap front test. Similarly, it received a five-star rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's side crash test, but only four stars in all other categories.

A rearview camera is the only safety feature available in the base Tucson. It comes standard in SE and Limited trims.

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Should I Consider Another Used Tucson?

The 2014 Tucson is part of a generation that ran from the 2009 through 2015 model years. The 2014 Tucson received revised versions of the four-cylinder engines from the 2012 and 2013 models, but the changes still left the engine feeling sluggish. While a manual transmission isn't available in the 2014 model, a five-speed manual is standard in 2012 and 2013 models. The 2014 model is the first year that all-wheel drive was offered with the base trim. Bluetooth is standard in 2014 models and optional in previous model years. While it may seem like there were many major changes between these models, they're actually all pretty minor. If you can find a 2012 or 2013 Tucson that is cheaper, it's a smart buy.

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Which Used Hyundai Tucson Is Right for Me?

While the base GLS model has a decent list of features for a compact SUV (standard Bluetooth, USB port, and satellite radio), the SE adds significantly more. It’s the model most buyers should look for. You’ll get the bigger engine with the SE, as well as leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a touch-screen infotainment system, and a rearview camera. The top-of-the-line Tucson Limited model unlocks more features, such as standard leather upholstery. Navigation, a 7-inch touch-screen, and a panoramic sunroof can be found in Limited models equipped with a certain package.

You can also get a certified pre-owned Tucson through a Hyundai dealership. 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.

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We Did the Research for You: 45 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We compiled and analyzed 45 different data sets to write this overview, covering reliability scores, crash test results, and published professional reviews. We want to help you make the right buying decision when shopping for a new-to-you used car, so we've gathered all the information you may want to know about the 2014 Tucson in one place.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our team has 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry, and we've been ranking cars for a decade. To ensure our reviews stay unbiased, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers. Even the ads you see on our site are placed by an outside party.

2014 Hyundai Tucson and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Tucson or 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The Hyundai Santa Fe offers more cargo and passenger space than the Tucson, as well as more powerful and refined engines. These enhancements make the Santa Fe the better buy. The Santa Fe's second-row seats have enough room for a couple of adults, and there's even an available third row fit for kids. The Santa Fe has higher safety scores and is available with more advanced safety systems than the Tucson, like rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring. 

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Tucson or 2014 Honda CR-V?

The 2014 Honda CR-V won our Best Compact SUV for the Money award when it was new, and it's still a top contender in the class today. The CR-V has a class-leading reliability score of 4.5 out of five, which is much better than the Tucson's 3.5 rating. The CR-V has decent performance and gets even better fuel economy than the Tucson. There are some cheap-feeling materials inside, but the CR-V’s cabin is appealing overall, with well-arranged controls and roomy, comfortable seats.

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Tucson or 2014 Kia Sportage?

Even though the Tucson and the Kia Sportage are fine choices for most drivers, they both have a small cargo area, a cramped rear seat, and a weak base engine. These shared weaknesses make it difficult to recommend one over the other. Additionally, they both get subpar fuel economy estimates compared to competitors. The Tucson has a higher reliability score, but the Sportage did better in crash tests. On the plus side, either model should prove adequate for most daily driving, providing cabins that feel upscale, cushioned rides, and plenty of features for the money. Ultimately, the choice between these two models is best decided by personal preference.

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