The Hyundai Tucson is a compact SUV that was first introduced for the 2005 model year. Now in its third generation, the Tucson continues to be offered in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations.
2016 to Present: Hyundai Tucson
All new beginning in 2016, the third-generation Hyundai Tucson is available in SE, Eco, Sport and Limited trims. The Tucson SE is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is optional.
The three other trim levels are powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard with this engine, and the choice of front- or all-wheel drive is offered.
Hyundai applies its fluidic sculpture design language to the Tucson, which is marked by multiple flowing lines and distinctive body sculpting. The Tucson has a pronounced upright, horizontal grille accented by stylish wraparound headlights and LED light accents. Deep incisions above and below the front bumper are packed with additional LED lights, including available fog lights.
This SUV has a sloping roofline, a rising beltline, dramatic character lines and alloy wheels. At the rear is a liftgate spoiler, wraparound taillights with LED lights and rear fog lights.
Offering room for five, the Tucson’s cabin is marked by sport bucket seats up front and a 60-40 split-folding seat in the second row. All models come with a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, power windows and door locks, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack and a touch-screen audio system.
Cloth seats are standard and leather seats are available. Interior options include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, navigation and a sunroof. Package upgrades bring in halogen fog lights, roof rails and driver assistance features such as lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
The Hyundai Tucson competes with compact SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Kia Sportage, Chevrolet Equinox, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, GMC Terrain and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Earlier Hyundai Tucson Models
The first-generation Hyundai Tucson was produced from 2005 to 2009. When it was introduced, the Hyundai Tucson offered a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and paired it with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Also available was a 2.7-liter V6 engine that’s paired exclusively with a four-speed automatic. In 2006, Hyundai swapped out the base engine with one displacing 2.0 liters.
The second-generation Hyundai Tucson was produced from 2010 to 2015. Initially, Hyundai offered a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine across the model line and paired it with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. For 2011, Hyundai added a second engine that displaces 2.0 liters and paired it with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
All second-generation Tucson models come with standard features that include keyless entry, power windows and door locks, satellite radio and a USB port. Common options include cruise control, Bluetooth, navigation, a rearview camera, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.