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The all-new, fourth-generation compact Tucson SUV promises more creature comforts, power, room, and safety features than the mediocre model it replaces. The base Tucson uses a 187-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The hybrid powertrain is based around a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, and it puts out a combined 227 horsepower. The minimalist interior is dominated by a digital dash and screens that fill the center stack, including where climate control buttons usually reside. The passenger side vents are concealed. A similar concept is applied to the muscle exterior with headlamps that are hidden in the grille design. It will go on sale in spring 2021. A plug-in hybrid and sportier N Line version will join later.
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2021
The Tucson got a freshening for 2019, and it has done a lot of good. The uplevel 2.4-liter engine is responsive and pleasant, but it's not fuel-efficient at 22 mpg overall.
The base 2.0-liter engine is underpowered and noisy. Thankfully, the 1.6-liter turbo and the clunky transmission that came with it are gone. Ride comfort is agreeable, with decent bump absorption. Handling is responsive and secure, and noise suppression is par for the course. Interior fit and finish is rather basic. Most versions come with a power driver seat, a plus. The Tucson is quite roomy for a compact SUV, and rear-seat room is decent. The touch screen packs an easy-to-use infotainment system. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assistance became standard.
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2016-2019
2016 Redesign Year
The redesigned-for-2016 Tucson shares only its name with the previous generation. Now it's more inline with the larger Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe SUVs.
The overall package is more competitive against the segment leaders. The base version has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, linked to a six-speed automatic. This version is rather slow and returned 24 mpg overall. More expensive trims get a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder that uses a seven-speed automated manual transmission. This quieter and quicker setup returned 26 mpg overall, but it suffers from a vibration at very low speed, such as in parking maneuvers. Otherwise, ride comfort is pliant and composed, handling is responsive and secure, and the cabin is quiet. Controls are easy to use, and the rear seat is roomy. The Tucson has available lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and forward-collision avoidance with automatic braking. A new 181-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic arrived in 2018. In our tests, it was faster than the 2.0-liter but returned only 22 mpg overall.
$17,775 - $26,225
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$16,200 - $22,400
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$14,800 - $20,025
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$13,450 - $18,275
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2010-2015
2010 Redesign Year
A decided improvement over its predecessor, the Tucson's 2010 to 2015 version was practical. However it was an also-ran in the crowded small SUV space.
The only engine was a 2.4-liter four cylinder, which supplied decent acceleration, but tended to be noisy and unpleasant when pushed. It got 22 mpg overall. Handling was secure and responsive, but the ride was stiff and road noise pronounced. Cabin furnishings are quite basic with hard plastics, but controls are easy to use. This generation's styling also compromised cargo space and severely hampered outward visibility. While this generation did better in crash tests than pre-2010 models, it did poorly in the IIHS narrow offset crash test.
$10,725 - $13,900
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$9,875 - $13,000
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$7,825 - $10,850
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$6,700 - $9,350
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$5,575 - $8,525
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$6,375 - $7,850
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2005-2009
2005 Redesign Year
This version of the Tucson doesn't have much going for it. Crash protection wasn't up to snuff; the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is not very zippy and is rather noisy.
The optional 2.7-liter V6 delivers decent acceleration, but fuel economy is unimpressive. Handling is clumsy, but secure thanks to the standard stability control. The ride is fairly comfortable, but marred by suspension noise. Basically, skip this generation, look to the next one for a better execution all around.
$5,250 - $7,100
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$4,500 - $5,300
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$4,375 - $4,950
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$4,025 - $4,625
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$3,125 - $3,700
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