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 rear 60/40-split seatbacks now recline, making it easier to get comfortable.
What distinguishes the 2014 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 SE and Limited models, the silver roof rails do double duty: They help accentuate the flowing lines of the vehicle and also carry cargo.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2014 Hyundai Tucson GLS includes air conditioning, power windows and door locks, keyless entry, Bluetooth, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise-control buttons, 17-inch wheels, three 12-volt outlets for all your electronics, and iPod/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks. Moving up to the SE adds the 2.4-liter engine, roof rails, heated front seats, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, fog lights, rearview camera and a power driver's seat. The top-of-the-line Limited brings 18-inch alloy wheels, Blue Link, leather seating, proximity key with push-button start and automatic dual temperature controls. All Tucsons have a safety/security roster that includes downhill brake control and hill-start assist.
Notable Optional Equipment
Few options are available as all Hyundai Tucsons come generously equipped. All-wheel drive is an option on all trims, providing extra security on wet roads. The Tucson SUV, however, is not meant for serious off-roading. The Technology 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 2014 Hyundai Tucson offers two 4-cylinder engine choices: a 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter equipped with GDI (gasoline direct injection) technology. The 2.4-liter engine can be ordered as a PZEV or Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle, but it comes with a slight reduction in horsepower and torque. A 6-speed automatic is standard on all trims and all trims can be equipped with a part-time AWD system.
164 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
151 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/29 mpg (FWD), 21/25 mpg (AWD)
182 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
180 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (PZEV)
177 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
176 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (PZEV)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28 mpg (FWD), 20/25 mpg (AWD)
The 2014 Hyundai Tucson GLS has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $21,000. AWD pushes the price to just under $23,000. A fully equipped AWD Limited tops out just over $30,000. Similarly equipped competitors such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 not only cost more than the Tucson, but they do not have Hyundai's longer warranties. The Tucson excels in the area of resale, beating out historical favorites like the Escape and RAV4. A look at the Fair Purchase Price on KBB.com shows what others are paying for the 2014 Hyundai Tucson in your area, so be sure to check it out before you buy.
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