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2013 Hyundai Tucson

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2013 Hyundai Tucson Review

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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.

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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.

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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.

What's New for 2013

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 the Tucson

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.

EXPRESSIVE DESIGN
The 2013 Tucson's sculpted exterior shape still looks fresh after three years on the market and stands out among the crowd.

2013 Hyundai Tucson Details
2013 Hyundai Tucson photo Interior

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
2013 Hyundai Tucson photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

2.0-liter inline-4
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)

2.4-liter inline-4
ULEV:
176 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
168 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
PZEV:
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)

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2013 Hyundai Tucson Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 117 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    7.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Nice

By on Monday, May 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Gas mileage, hands free phone, tech hook ups"

Cons: "Bluetooth failure, rough uncomfy ride"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This is the first SUV I've owned. For the most part I love it. We bought it in September and after one horrific winter it goes pretty well in the snow. We love the dual temperature settings as I'm a freeze baby and my husband is my portable personal space heater. The gas mileage...AMAZING! It has an eco mode which we drive in most of the time. I can get to work and back one a tank of gas for about a week and a half. We get around 34 mpg but have gotten a little higher. Now, my complaints. The Bluetooth works pretty well once it connects. However, sometimes getting it to actually dial via voice command is very, very frustrating. I listen to audiobooks at work and I love that it has a port that I can connect my iPad to in order to continue listening. Also, the ride is not very comfy. The driver side has a lever that give the seat some extra lower back support. The passenger seat does not. I expected it for an SUV, but the ride is rough. The ride while sitting in the back seat is even rougher. I don't know that I'd want to ride in it for a long trip."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Not worth anyone's money.

By on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This vehicle has a difficult time in any weather condition that isn't sunny and dry. Multiple times this vehicle has been stuck on dry grass, and it will often spin out on gravel roads. This car is completely immobile during the winter and unreliable overall. Also, the estimated EPA is far off from what I've experienced. I find this car to be a gas-guzzler than what the company has advertised. The racks on the top of the vehicle are useless, in fact they are plastic-- not a sturdy plastic for that matter either. I've had many people in this vehicle and I'd say 7/10 would say it causes them to become violently car sick. Also, I noticed shortly after buying this vehicle, small things started to either fall/ pop off. The quality is short-lived. I am not rough on this vehicle by any means, I've lost some of the buttons for the windows, the rubber piece covering the break pedal came off in three months of buying this brand new off the lot. Also, on the exterior a piece of the car's fiberglass popped out of place. The only positive thing about this car is the Sirius XM works excellent. I wouldn't recommend this car to anyone."

12 people out of 23 found this review helpful

great suv,excellent value

By on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought this new and find it to be a fine suv.no problems what so ever and the warranty is hard to beat"

48 people out of 82 found this review helpful

not my favorite

By on Thursday, January 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "price was ok. very good on gas"

Cons: "vents hard to adjust fan squeals seats not comfy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"very cheaply made, little things started falling apart early on, rattles and squeaks early on compared to previous vehicle that didn't start showing signs of age till it hit 100,000miles. had 2 recalls,Had planned on this being my last car purchase but after 3 years am looking for something else"

28 people out of 41 found this review helpful

Good, Dependable car

By on Thursday, December 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,598

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

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-"

28 people out of 54 found this review helpful

Base Model is Great Value

By on Thursday, November 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

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."

42 people out of 68 found this review helpful

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