2020 Hyundai Tucson

Performance


#8 out of 14 in Compact SUVs

MSRP
$23,350
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2020 Hyundai Tucson Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 6.4

The 2020 Hyundai Tucson's ride is comfortable, both in the city and on the highway. Still, some competitors offer stronger engines and sharper handling, along with superior fuel efficiency.

  • "We do miss the spunky turbocharged engine from before; the new, larger naturally-aspirated four-cylinder doesn’t provide much passing power once you’re up to speed." -- Autoblog
  • So while we think most drivers will appreciate the Tucson for its comfortable, smooth ride, those looking to have fun will probably want to consider another model with more power and improved handling." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • While it's got lots of tech, the Tucson is a bit bland to drive. To be clear, it handles corners just fine and there's a smooth, quiet highway ride, but there isn't much excitement from the engine bay." -- Edmunds (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The Tucson's standard 161-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine doesn't have much passing power. The available 181-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine adds a bit more power, but it still disappoints when it comes to acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

The base model Tucson delivers low fuel efficiency for the class, with 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The optional engine gets 1 less mpg in the city.

  • There are two engine options available for the 2020 Hyundai Tucson. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 161 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque is standard on SEL and above. Both the engines are connected to six-speed automatic transmissions. We’ve only driven a Tucson with the bigger four-cylinder engine and found the power to be on the lower side of adequate. The less powerful 2.0-liter will just feel even slower. We weren’t disappointed in the performance from the smooth and relatively responsive six-speed torque converter automatic. " -- Autoblog
  • "What’s perhaps a little below par is the fuel economy." -- Consumer Guide (2019)
  • The base SE comes with a 2.0-liter engine that's coupled with a conventional six-speed automatic. It delivers unobtrusive and predictable acceleration but feels underpowered." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Handling and Braking

The Tucson delivers poised handling and a smooth ride, and its suspension system does a good job mitigating bumps in the road. However, the steering is vague and provides little feedback from the road. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.  

  • On the road, the Tucson is something of a mixed bag, though we suspect most crossover shoppers will appreciate the majority of what it has to offer. … Where the 'mixed bag' remark comes in is for drivers who enjoy spending time behind the wheel. The Tucson isn't especially fun to drive, as acceleration is mediocre with either engine, and steering -- while suitable for the Tucson -- isn't exactly exciting." -- Autotrader
  • "The Tucson's suspension does a nice job balancing control against a soft, compliant ride. Ruts and bumps are felt but not intrusively, and the ride quality isn't too floaty or disconnected." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • For a small-crossover SUV, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson is remarkably quiet inside. Wind, road and engine noise are impressively contained and the well-sorted suspension delivers a composed ride even over unpaved roads. The comfort level varies widely, however, depending on wheel size. Feedback from the electric-assisted power steering still feels a bit vague at times, but it's better than previous iterations." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
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