By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 7.2
Hyundai's 2013 Tucson compact crossover competes with such well-established names as the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. To play in this league, Hyundai equips the Tucson with numerous options including front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), a choice of two engines and two transmissions and a healthy dose of standard equipment and styling bound to catch the youthful eye. The 2013 Tucson's value story doesn't end with its window sticker, however. Last year, the Tucson landed the #2 spot on Kelley Blue Book's list of best resale value in the compact SUV category. Still, with the launch of the new Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape, dealers may have to work a little harder this year to keep sales on track.
In a field of boxy and sometimes bland crossovers, the 2013 Hyundai Tucson's edgy styling is a welcome sight. Hyundai loads the Tucson with standard features, yet keeps the price well below similarly equipped competitors. It even comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Some may find the Tucson's dramatic styling a bit wild. The small rear windows and low roof diminish rearward views out and cargo capacity, and there is no third-row seat option. Oddly, the Tucson does not offer Hyundai's Blue-Link infotainment system, a big negative for the tech savvy buyer.
The 2013 Hyundai Tucson adds more standard equipment, with the GLS gaining foglights, automatic headlight control and heated front seats. The Limited trim picks up a proximity-key entry system with push-button start.
Driving Impressions Driving the 2013 Hyundai Tucson instills the driver with a sense of confidence via its responsive handling and stable ride; the Tucson's maneuverability in parking lots and tight spaces is...also a big plus. Acceleration from the 170-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is on par with the RAV4s, Escapes and Chevy Equinoxes in its class. The responsive 6-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, but the engine could be quieter at high revs, becoming annoyingly loud when accelerating to freeway speeds or when passing other vehicles. The Tucson's adept handling comes at the expense of ride comfort, with the tires seemingly transmitting every bump and road blemish into the passenger cabin. Due to the Tucson's sloping roofline and small rear windows, rear outward vision is hampered causing us to advise extra caution when changing lanes.
VALUE FOR THE MONEY
Hyundai continues its "value-pricing" philosophy with the 2013 Hyundai Tucson, offering well-equipped vehicles for less money than the competition, as well as an ability to maintain its value over time.
The 2013 Tucson's sculpted exterior shape still looks fresh after three years on the market and stands out among the crowd.
Five passengers will find convenient access to the Tucson with its wide doors and low floor height. The dashboard and interior panels, although mainly hard plastic, are nicely textured. The controls are within easy reach, feel substantial – the beveled window switches are especially nice – and operate smoothly. Drivers will appreciate the nicely shaped (and almost supportive) 6-way adjustable seat. Second-row passengers may feel a bit claustrophobic due to the low seat cushion height, sloping roof, and high beltline. The 60/40-split seatbacks do not recline and may be too erect for some passengers.Exterior
What distinguishes the 2013 Hyundai Tucson from the competition is its European sculpted styling. Although the Tucson is a utility vehicle, its shape is not boxy, but rather fresh and athletic. Up front, the Hyundai SUV sports a sculpted hood, aggressive 2-tier grille and wraparound headlights. From the side, the vehicle's aerodynamic shape includes a steeply raked windshield and sloping roofline with rear spoiler. On GLS and Limited models, the silver roof rails do double duty: They help accentuate the flowing lines of the vehicle and also carry cargo.
All Hyundai Tucsons for 2013 come well-equipped and include air conditioning, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, three 12-volt outlets for all your electronics, and iPod/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks. Moving up to the GLS adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, heated mirrors, cruise control, automatic headlights, foglights, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and Bluetooth. The top-of-the-line Limited brings 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seating, power 8-way driver seat with power lumbar support and automatic dual temperature controls. All Tucsons have a safety/security roster that includes downhill brake control and hill-start assist.
Few options are available as all Hyundai Tucsons come generously equipped. An automatic transmission is $1,000 on the base GL trim. All-wheel drive is an option on the GLS and Limited models, providing extra security on wet roads. The Tucson SUV, however, is not meant for serious off-roading. The Premium Package on the high-line Limited includes a panoramic sunroof, navigation system, rearview camera, and premium audio system for the driver who wants it all.
The 2013 Hyundai Tucson offers two 4-cylinder engine choices: a 165-hp 2.0-liter in the base GL and a 2.4-liter on the mid-level GLS and top-level Limited models that produces 176 horsepower for ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) states and 170 horsepower for partial zero-emissions vehicle (PZEV) states. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on the GL, while a 6-speed automatic is standard on the GLS and Limited. Drivers can opt for all-wheel drive on the Tucson GLS or Limited.
165 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
146 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg (manual), 22/29 mpg (automatic)
176 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
168 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
170 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
163 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg (FWD), 20/27 mpg (AWD)
By rjs on Thursday, December 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,598overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "exterior design-nice reliable basic transportation"
Cons: "noisy and interior looks cheap"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"You can tell this is an inexpensive car by the appointments inside the car- Parts of the drivers cabin look cheap and boring- This car allows way too much outside noise and is not for anyone that has driven a more expensive SUV in the past- It does do what you expect it to do- take you from 1 point to another economically-Not the most comfortable ride in the world but not terrible-"
2 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By North Toronto Family on Thursday, November 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great value. Easy to park. Versitile. Good on gas."
Cons: "Seats are a bit stiff, hard plastic interior."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"We tend to buy new, base models. We are not interested in frills, leather, or tonnes of expensive options. The Tucson was not even on our radar when we started searching. We were surprised that the base model (GL) was so well equipped. We were going to buy the manual version, but due an invoice price sale, found that the automatic was the better value. We read many reviews leading up to our purchase, but generally found that the “flaws” pointed out about the Tucson were relatively minor when you consider the price difference between it and other makes. For example, reviews noted that the back seats were “cramped”. But, as a tall family, we have not found that to be the case at all. Our kids have plenty of room."
20 people out of 32 found this review helpful
By G on Thursday, October 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,800overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great Vehicle for families or for someone who has bad luck with cars in the past, stick with Hyundai! best warranty."
5 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By sadix on Monday, October 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,600overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "good price, nimble, economical, nice looks"
Cons: "some interior noise; quirky on its feet;"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I am pushing 70 and grew up working in my Dad's service station so I have been picky about quality and ride. Our 2010 Tucson has served us well as a daily work car for my wife and short distance weekend trips., Good(not great)quality inside and out. Drawbacks: too light on its feet. Didn't compare to highway ride of our Pilot or Tribeca. Doesn't soak up all bumps and allows some road noise in cabin due to limited insulation to keep weight down and fuel mileage up. Minor electrical problems. All resolved under warranty. Ride significantly improved with change to Michelins. Overall good value but I want to move to something with better road comfort."
5 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Ed on Thursday, October 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good Value. Excellent Reliability."
Cons: "Flooring,Carpets and gas tank must be upgraded."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Gas tank too small. Floor mats and carpeting are worst than poor. Interior has too much plastic like material. Interior of trunk lid cracked when closing. However, the overall vehicle styling and performance make up for the above mentioned shortcomings."
6 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Annika on Friday, October 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "DURABLE with kids"
Cons: "I can't find a reason to trade."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"and when my husband took me to get a Hyandai Tuscan I was kind of shocked. In comparison this car has held every bit of it's value and ability to handle my tough family. I promise you this is the FIRST vehicle I would go back and get another in a minute!"
12 people out of 21 found this review helpful