2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV

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2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV Overview

The standard features of the Hyundai Tucson SE include Nu 2.0L I-4 164hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Hyundai
Tucson SUV

Starting at: $22,550

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Approach angle - 17 deg
  • Departure angle - 24 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 163mm (6.4")
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 84 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 164hp @ 6,200RPM
  • Engine torque - 151 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 81.0mm x 97.0mm (3.19" x 3.82")
  • Compression ratio - 11.50 to 1
  • Payload - 520kg (1,146lbs)
  • Curb weight - 1,497kg (3,300lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,080kg (4,586lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 454kg (1,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,475mm (176.2")
  • Exterior body width - 1,849mm (72.8")
  • Exterior height - 1,646mm (64.8")
  • Wheelbase - 2,670mm (105.1")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.5')
  • Front legroom - 1,054mm (41.5")
  • Rear legroom - 970mm (38.2")
  • Front headroom - 1,006mm (39.6")
  • Rear headroom - 996mm (39.2")
  • Front hiproom - 1,412mm (55.6")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,384mm (54.5")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,450mm (57.1")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,410mm (55.5")
  • Passenger volume - 2,894L (102.2 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 878 L (31 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,753 L (62 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 164hp @ 6,200RPM
  • Torque - 151 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto - SHIFTRONIC
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 26mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 16.4gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 23mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 30mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 225/60HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/60HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
SE 2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV SE Search New $22,550   164-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 30  
SEL 2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV SEL Search New $23,800   164-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 30  
SE 2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV SE Search New $23,950   164-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 26  
SEL 2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV SEL Search New $25,200   164-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 26  
Value 2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV Value Search New $26,550   175-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  25 / 30  
SEL Plus 2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV SEL Plus Search New $26,700   164-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 30  
Value 2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV Value Search New $27,950   175-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  24 / 28  
SEL Plus 2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV SEL Plus Search New $28,100   164-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 26  
Limited 2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV Limited Search New $29,425   175-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  25 / 30  
Limited 2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV Limited Search New $30,825   175-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  24 / 28  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

Despite being smaller than some rivals, the Tucson’s suspension and tires yield a well-damped, controlled ride. Only with 19-inch wheels does the ride turn firm. Still, some jarring can occur, at least for an instant, when crossing expansion joints or tackling harsh pavement.

Sportiness is minimal, as the Tucson focuses on predictable handling. That’s typical in the small-crossover category, as is largely lifeless electric power steering.

Not only is the SE’s base engine short on power, it’s not more frugal with fuel than the more satisfying turbo four used in the other models.

Smooth-running and more than sufficiently powered for typical usage, even the turbo can feel limited when filled with people and luggage. Shifts from the turbo’s dual-clutch automatic transmission occur smoothly, without notable delay. Even in Sport mode, though, takeoffs can feel somewhat sluggish. When starting off, the non-turbo engine actually feels a tad more responsive.

On slippery surfaces with optional all-wheel drive, a switch can lock the torque split between front and rear wheels, for best low-speed traction. All-wheel drive also includes torque vectoring, which enhances cornering performance.

Fuel economy is decent, especially with turbo power. The 2017 model with 2.0-liter engine and front-drive was EPA-rated at 23/30 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined. All-wheel-drive lowered the estimate to 21/26/23 mpg.

With the 1.6-liter turbo, front-drive Tucsons were EPA-rated at 25/30 mpg City/Highway, or 27 mpg Combined. All-wheel dropped that estimate to 24/28/25 mpg. Tucson Eco with front-drive was EPA-rated at 26/32 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined, dipping to 25/30/27 mpg with all-wheel drive.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

No awkward body lines or tacky flaws mar the skillfully crafted sheetmetal of the Tucson. It’s a model of simplicity and clean design, highlighted by short window area.

The Tucson’s six-edged grille isn’t far removed from other Hyundai crossover front ends. Neither are the geometrically derived headlights. Viewed from the side, in fact, the Tucson looks like a downsized duplicate of the large three-row Santa Fe. Inspiration probably came from the midlevel Santa Fe Sport, too.

The Hyundai Tucson is a little smaller than the Honda CR-V.

For a more majestic look, the 19-inch wheels on upper trim levels might be worth considering.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

Tucson’s conservatively designed cabin is scrupulously arranged. The base Tucson SE suffers from hard plastic trim, but upper-level models have less of the tawdry plastic marring the view of interior surfaces. Leather-upholstered Limited editions feature soft-touch plastics, plus stitching atop the gauges.

Also laid out carefully, the dashboard conveys a look of elegant simplicity. Positioning of instruments and controls is excellent, and no nonessential graphics clutter the dials. Some functions are controlled by console buttons; others belong to the touchscreen. One caution: many knobs and buttons are similarly shaped, thus demanding a quick glance before adjusting.

Front and rear seats are carefully-shaped for four adults. Front occupants enjoy amply-bolstered, comfortable seats, regardless of trim level.

Rear seatbacks are rather upright, but can be reclined. Tall riders can expect abundant space, with good clearance for heads and knees. A fifth passenger, however, is likely to feel squeezed.

Cargo space trails that of some competitors, including the Honda CR-V. Volume totals 30.1 cubic feet, growing to 61.9 cubic feet when seatbacks are folded. In addition, the cargo floor can be lowered.


New Car Test Drive

Every Tucson trim level is reasonably well-equipped., though not many options are available for personalization. Midlevel models tend to be the most satisfying compromise in value, and turbo engines are the most rewarding to drive. Hyundai’s excellent warranty raises the desirability quotient.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Tucson SE ($22,700) comes with the 164-hp 2.0-liter engine and 6-speed automatic, plus air conditioning, cruise control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth with audio streaming, a 5.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, CD player, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Tucson Eco ($24,150) gets the turbo-four engine, dual-clutch transmission, special wheels and tires.

Tucson Value Edition ($26,550) upgrades to the turbocharged engine and adds rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, pushbutton start, a hands-free power liftgate, panoramic sunroof, and 19-inch wheels.

Tucson Limited ($29,775) features leather seating surfaces, power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a hands-free liftgate, 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, and 19-inch wheels. The Ultimate option package includes active-safety features. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

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