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2017 Hyundai Tucson Performance Review

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


Performance: 7.4

Overall, reviewers are pleased with the 2017 Hyundai Tucson. It offers comfortable ride quality and virtually no engine or road noise. Some complain that the Tucson’s engines aren’t as powerful as class rivals. It does, however, have composed handling around turns. Fuel economy is about average for the class.

  • "In the greater context of its rivals, the Tucson's performance is decidedly mid-pack, but that's a misleading statement. In the murky world of small CUVs, it's hard to pin down how they should or shouldn't perform. Just take a quick glance at the competitive powertrain offerings if you don't believe us." -- Left Lane News (2016)
  • "I drove the Tucson in midlevel Sport and top Limited trims through the narrow, crowded streets of downtown Minneapolis and the sweeping, pastoral hills of western Wisconsin; it easily maneuvered through both." -- Cars.com (2016)
  • "Beyond its powertrain, the Tucson also offers an excellent ride, touting compliant suspension and composed body lean in turns. Although we'd like a little more time behind the wheel before we call this the smoothest small crossover on the market, it's certainly among the best. But make no mistake: The Tucson isn't the crossover you get if you want to have fun behind the wheel. With a maximum of just 175 hp, the Tucson often felt taxed under hard acceleration -- especially in high-end Limited guise with multiple passengers inside. Although most compact crossovers focus on comfort and value over performance and handling, the Tucson feels especially dull and dry, even by compact-crossover standards." -- Autotrader (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The Tucson SE’s base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 164 horsepower and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the base model earns 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is better than many rivals' estimates. The Tucson Eco, Sport, and Limited models come with a 175-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The turbocharged engine provides more power than the base engine, though acceleration with the turbocharged engine could be stronger. The turbocharged engine exhibits some turbo lag, which means there is a delay in power when you get moving from a stop. The seven-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly and seamlessly.

  • “If you decide to buy a Tucson, we recommend going with the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. Yes, the price is lower on the 2.0-liter equipped SE, but this engine is less refined and just doesn't feel powerful enough for a vehicle of this size. The turbocharged engine is peppy, smooth and respectably fuel-efficient. You might notice some rough upshifts from its transmission or even some hesitation when moving from a stop, but those are small issues that are worth overcoming for the engine upgrade." -- Edmunds
  • "In terms of power, the new Tucson's optional engine is adequate and feels about average in this class. It just does more with less thanks to turbocharging." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • “The Tucson isn't the crossover you get if you want to have fun behind the wheel. With a maximum of just 175 hp, the Tucson often felt taxed under hard acceleration -- especially in high-end Limited guise with multiple passengers inside." -- Autotrader (2016)

Handling and Braking

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson comes standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available. The Tucson provides a comfortable ride and poised handling, however, the Sport model has a firmer suspension that some may find a bit uncomfortable.

  • "The 2017 Hyundai Tucson's ride quality strikes a good balance between sporty and comfortable. It's composed and somewhat enjoyable around corners, but it's also relatively quiet and smooth over bumpy city roads. The base and Eco predictably have a more composed ride with their 17-inch wheels, but the 19-inch wheels (standard on Sport and Limited) are totally livable too. And though it might not be able to fit as much cargo as some of its compact rivals, the Tucson is small enough on the outside that it's a breeze to park and maneuver in tight spaces." -- Edmunds
  • "We spent a day in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the Tucson, experiencing a variety of different roads, and came away impressed with its handling and ergonomics." -- Autoweek (2016)
  • The new [Tucson] is much quieter and its more compliant ride and better bump absorption make it long-drive comfortable. The Limited model impressed with its smoothness, but the Sport model's sport-tuned suspension reminded me of the old Tucson: It rides too firmly, hopping over bumps for an uncomfortably brittle, jittery feel." -- Cars.com (2016)

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