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2017 Hyundai Tucson Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Hyundai Tucson was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

A quiet and comfortable cabin earns praise for the 2017 Hyundai Tucson. With plenty of front and rear space, as well as almost zero outside or engine noise audible from inside, the crossover should satisfy drivers and passengers alike. You’ll likely appreciate the Tucson’s abundance of standard and optional safety and tech features.

Some may be disappointed with the hard plastic interior materials, which are even present in the upper trims. What does please, however, is the straightforward dashboard layout and easy-to-use controls. The Tucson's cargo capacity is average for the class.

  • On the inside, Hyundai has given the 2017 Tucson a simple and generally attractive look. The dashboard design is logical with all the basic controls within arm's reach. Materials quality isn't quite the same story, though, with a lot of hard plastics in the cabin, especially on the base trim. If you upgrade to the Limited trim level, you'll get a lot more in the way of interior livability with a padded dashboard and door inserts with accents." -- Edmunds
  • The interior boasts plenty of small upgrades, including a cleaner dashboard layout, enhanced infotainment functions, and more comfortable seats. But lower-trim models use lots of hard-plastic trim, and even the top-trim Limited model, with its stitched leather inserts, doesn't quite feel up to its $30,000-plus price tag. A bit more flair would be appreciated here." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • “Despite its family pretenses, the Tucson's interior isn't a bad place for the driver. The seats - cloth on everything but the Limited trim - are tightly bolstered for a crossover, although we doubt even the bigger boned among us will find them uncomfortable. The bottom cushion is soft enough, too." -- Autoblog (2016)

Seating

The Tucson seats five on standard stain-resistant cloth upholstery. It also comes standard with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and a 60/40 split rear seat that reclines. Available seating features include an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front and rear seats, and leather upholstery.

The Tucson’s back seat is spacious, even for extra-tall passengers, and its front seats will keep drivers comfortable on long rides.

  • "The front seats are comfortable, and the Tucson is distinctive in its availability of a power front passenger seat (Limited only). The rear seat doesn't slide fore and aft, which strikes us as a missed opportunity in this segment, but can now accommodate a couple of 6-footers without issue." -- Edmunds
  • “First impression upon entering the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is that it feels larger inside than it looks from the outside. Leg, head and shoulder room are abundant, confirming the Tucson's status as the widest of the compact SUVs while sporting the longest wheelbase in the segment. The front seats offer a near-perfect blend of comfort and lateral support." -- Forbes (2016)
  • "To its credit, the Tucson does offer a comfortable rear seat, with multiple recline positions and plenty of space for three passengers." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

Interior Features

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson comes standard with a 5-inch touch screen, a driver’s blind spot mirror, a rearview camera, brake assist, a USB port, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. Optional features include Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, an Infinity premium audio sound system, and an 8-inch touch screen. Available driver assist safety features include rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane change assist.

The most notable update from the 2016 model is the Tucson’s newly available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which allow you to sync your phone to the Tucson’s infotainment system. They show messages, directions, and other applications on the Tucson’s large display. The 5-inch and available 8-inch touch screens are user-friendly thanks to a simple layout and easy-to-navigate menus. The Tucson’s clean dashboard and straightforward design make everything easily accessible, and standard satellite radio makes for great car ride singalongs.

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  • "Also available on the Limited trim is the 8-inch touchscreen. It's more capable and better looking than the standard 5-inch display, but both systems are user-friendly thanks to readily accessible virtual buttons and an intuitive layout. Unfortunately, the top-level Limited is the only trim that gives you the 8-inch screen or the optional eight-speaker stereo. On the bright side, USB connectivity, Bluetooth and satellite radio come standard on every Tucson, so there's no shortage of musical fun to be had." -- Edmunds
  • “The interior design is competent and clear, with all the buttons laid out exactly where you might expect. There's no fussy styling, no obvious inexpensive touches and no clear faults. Make no mistake, the Tucson's interior isn't exactly futuristic, but it's a simple, no-nonsense design that makes everything easy to reach, use and find." -- AutoTrader (2016)
  • “Overall, the interior is well put together and an improvement over the outgoing model." -- Motor Trend (2016)

Cargo

The Tucson has 31 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats in use and 61.9 cubic feet with them folded. Although this is about average for the class, several competitors offer more space, including the Nissan Rogue (39.3 cubic feet with rear seats in use and 70 with rear seats folded) and the Subaru Forester (34.4 cubic feet with rear seats in use and 74.7 with rear seats folded).

There are many interior storage compartments to keep all your belongings organized while driving. The crossover also features a dual-level rear cargo floor, which increases its cargo-carrying capabilities. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • "Sweetening the deal is the hands-free power liftgate that comes standard on the Sport and Limited. Unlike the Ford Escape's version of this technology, which works via a foot sensor that you need to kick at, the Tucson employs a proximity sensor that opens the liftgate automatically if it senses you're standing in the vicinity with the key in your pocket." -- Edmunds
  • “The 176-inch-long Tucson gives up a few cubic feet of cargo space compared with the CR-V and the RAV4, both with the rear seats up and with the rear seats folded. More important, it's not as cleverly packaged. The Toyota and Honda offer significantly lower load heights, rear seats that truly fold flat into the floor, and a few extra storage spaces around the cabin than the Hyundai does. These are small details, yes, but details that matter when you're struggling to load that last box or grocery bag." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • "The Tucson's cargo area has a dual-level floor. It can be lowered by 2 inches, which doesn't sound useful but in its highest position the cargo cover slides easily under the load floor for handy storage when carrying bulky items. Also convenient is the available hands-free smart liftgate; stand within 3 feet of the vehicle's rear with the key fob in your purse or pocket and the liftgate will open automatically." -- Cars.com (2016)

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