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The Tucson is one of the better small SUVs, although neither of its powertrains is ideal. The base SE version gets a 164-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, routing through a six-speed automatic. This version is rather slow and can feel strained. More expensive trims get a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder that uses a seven-speed automated manual transmission. This more powerful setup returned 26 mpg overall, but it suffers from a vibration at very low speeds, such as in parking maneuvers. Ride comfort, handling agility, and noise suppression are commendable. The rear seat is roomy, and controls are easy to use. Advanced safety features, including automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring, are optional.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Hyundai Tucson recalls.

Road Test

Unexciting but practical. Solid transportation that gets you from point A to point B. Those are the damn-with-faint-praise platitudes that some auto enthusiasts use to dismiss vehicles like the Hyundai Tucson. But many consumers don't want -- let alo...

Highs

  • Roomy interior for a small SUV
  • Pleasantly refined for the class with a comfortable ride and quiet interior

Lows

  • Uneven power delivery with 1.6T, due to dual-clutch automatic and small turbo engine
  • 2.0-liter engine in SE delivers slow acceleration and makes for some unwanted engine noise

Best Version to Get

Sadly, the perfect Tucson doesn't exist: an SE with the turbo engine and conventional six-speed automatic. That said, the buyer has to choose between two basic configurations based on engine choice. Our testers found the Sport to feel more rewarding, with stronger power and better fuel econo...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 7 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (175 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (164 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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