2018 Hyundai Tucson Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $23,500
Above Average: Quiet cabin, quality materials, engaging design
Below Average: Lack of adaptive cruise control, no cargo area rear-seat releases, unrefined transmission
Consensus: A stylish, value-packed alternative to more established nameplates
Growing into its Segment
Following a recent redesign, the Hyundai Tucson became far more competitive with segment stalwarts like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. The biggest improvement was the Tucson's notable increase in size, but improved refinement, better driving manners and even more attractive styling all contribute to the small SUV's added appeal.
In a recent Kelley Blue Book compact SUV comparison test, we noted, "Fuel economy, ride quality and urban agility were just a handful of areas in which the Tucson stood out from the pack. Plus, it’s easily one of the most attractive small SUVs in the mainstream marketplace." Find out more in our Compact SUV Comparison Test.
Hyundai Tucson Shoppers Also Look At
In addition to a bevy of standard features, the Tucson offers a long list of lux options including ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Another option is Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. If the system detects a vehicle or pedestrian but the driver doesn't react, the brakes will automatically kick in. And while other compact SUVs have motion-sensing tailgates, the Tucson's doesn't require you to kick your foot; just stand near the tailgate for a few seconds and it'll open.
The Hyundai Tucson was one of six compact SUVs we drove 450 roundtrip miles from the coastal region of Southern California to the mountains surrounding Big Bear Lake, California, as part of our Compact SUV Comparison Test.
Build and Price
The Hyundai Tucson is offered in five trim levels, with a choice of two engines. The base SE starts at less than $23,000 and you can spend more than $35,000 on a top-of-the-line Limited.
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The Tucson has a lot to offer, but before you buy a compact SUV, check out our Compact SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on the segment.
Photo Gallery: Exterior, Interior and Details
Video: Hyundai Tucson Review and Road Test
The Hyundai Tucson has been totally redesigned for 2016, and now it's far more competitive with segment stalwarts like Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. A notable size increase is the lead story, but increased refinement, improved driving manners and even more attractive styling all contribute to the small SUV's added appeal.
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