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2014 Hyundai Tucson

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2014 Hyundai Tucson Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

The Hyundai Tucson compact crossover SUV for 2014 stacks up admirably when compared to such well-established names as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. To compete, Hyundai equips the Tucson with cutting-edge engine technology, stand-out styling and a long list of standard and available equipment. It does all this with an impressively competitive window sticker and an unrivaled 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. You can choose front-wheel drive (FWD) or opt for a part-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Strong resale values also help make the Tucson a viable option, but its smaller cargo area and somewhat firm ride might be two areas worth exploring before you sign on the dotted line.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the expressive styling of a sports car but need the AWD capability and cargo-hauling space provided by a compact SUV, check out the 2014 Hyundai Tucson. Well-equipped and reasonably priced, the Tucson’s 10-year/100,000-mile warranty is just icing on the cake.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you like your cars open and airy, the Tucson’s small windows and cramped rear quarters will likely push you toward a Subaru Forester, which also gets better gas mileage. Those seeking a softer ride might find the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 a bit more accommodating.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson adds direct-injection technology to its two engine choices. New standard features include Bluetooth, tilt/telescopic steering column and reclining rear seats. SE trims get a 4.3-inch LCD touch-screen radio with rearview camera, while Limited trims receive Blue Link telematics.

Driving the Tucson
Driving Impressions

Responsive handling and a firm suspension make the 2014 Hyundai Tucson a pleasure when driving aggressively on all types of roads. In small spaces, the Tucson’s compact size and tight...

... turning radius make it easy to maneuver, although the narrow rear quarter windows create noticeable blind spots when changing lanes. Acceleration is best with the 2.4-liter engine that delivers power on par with the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, but lags a bit behind the Subaru Forester XT and VW Tiguan. We found the Tucson’s 6-speed automatic shifted smoothly and was fairly responsive to manual input. The Tucson’s engines are not the quietest we’ve tested and can become downright rude under hard acceleration. Ride comfort is another area where the Tucson takes a backseat to the CR-V and Forester, which both offer a less jarring response to rough-road conditions.

VALUE FOR THE MONEY
Hyundai continues its “value-pricing” philosophy with the 2014 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 2014 Tucson's sculpted exterior shape still looks fresh after three years on the market and stands out among the crowd.

2014 Hyundai Tucson Details
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 rear 60/40-split seatbacks now recline, making it easier to get comfortable.

Exterior

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 Equipment
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.

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.

2.0-liter inline-4
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)

2.4-liter inline-4
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)

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2014 Hyundai Tucson Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 141 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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

Easy to get around

By on Friday, May 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I wanted this car because it was smaller than an SUV and very easy to maneuver. I have leather interior and it looks sharp. Haven't had a days trouble and I bought it new. The only complaint is since it is smaller the person riding in the back seat feels more bumps because the seats sit near the wheels. I do love this car!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I love this car!

By on Friday, February 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Safe, affordable, great warranty, fun to drive"

Cons: "bad tires, need to rely on mirrors to see well"

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

"This has been a wonderful car for me. I haven't had any major mechanical problems in the 5 years that I have owned it and I've put approx 77,000 miles on it. The warranty can't be beat! I'm out of warranty now, but it was nice to know that anything that did go wrong with it would be repaired free of charge by Hyundai. I did not like the original tires and was glad when they wore out enough to replace them. I appreciate the acceleration and the handling. There are some blind spots, but those are easily overcome by using your mirrors properly. My car was in an accident last week. Some yahoo in a giant Ford F150 turned right into the car. The car was totaled but I walked away without even a tight back/neck. I am so grateful! I am looking for a used Tucson to replace the one that just got smashed. I love the car that much!"

19 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Not a dependable vehicle

By on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Pretty"

Cons: "POOR Quality"

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

"This vehicle was ok in the beginning but then things started to go wrong. The first was just annoying and the dealer wouldn't fix it was the radio. It draws the power out now and it won't start in the mornings. It only has 75k on it, pretty disappointed a little issue can't be fixed easily. The other issue is the shocks are going out, really? You would think they would use better quality in their vehicle or at least provide better customer service. The quality of the vehicle is the last thing I want to mention because you realize the longer you own this vehicle the cheaper it is made."

29 people out of 37 found this review helpful

This car has the worse shocks. reported to dealer

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "THE ALL WHEEL DRIVE WAS GREAT"

Cons: "THEY NEED BETTER SHOCKS"

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

"As I reporded to the dealer which was a waste of time , They did nothing, I will never buy this kind of car again. (TUCSON)"

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Very unhappy with HYUNDAI TUCSON

By on Friday, November 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "NO POSITIVE COMMENTS"

Cons: "The cons are above in complete review area"

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

"I have never disliked a car that I purchased until now. Because I wanted to pay cash the dealer advised me that if I financed the car they could get me a better deal. I paid cash anyway so I got a bad deal. The side view mirrors in this car has many blind spots especially when making a left turn on to a four Lane traffic two lanes going in the opposite directions you have to make a wide turn because you can not see the car in the left lane the mirror blocks it and if you have to lanes turning left you are going to be in the second car lane and then you can not see that car with the side mirror passenger side either way this vehicle is going to cause me to have a accident that is going to be my fault if I am not killed the light in the cargo area is so dim that at night you have to use a flash light to make sure you have gotten everything out. I bought this 2015 Tucson 7 months ago and trying to sale it with only 1200 miles on this car I am afraid to drive it. There are other things I do not like but I am sure there isn't enough space."

13 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned and I'm 70 years old.

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Great value and you can't beat the ext warranty."

Cons: "Towing capacity."

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

"The workmanship is fantastic. Fuel economy averages around 27mpg in ECONOMY mode (I've never used the REGULAR mode.). I bought this model because I did not want the sunroof, leather seats or navigation system. It is our "Sunday Driver" as we also own an older Chevy Cobalt that we use as a "Daily Driver"."

16 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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