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MSRP: $21,450 - $27,700
Invoice: $20,633 - $26,297
MPG: 23 City / 29 Hwy
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Hyundai Tucson Review

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson ranks 12 out of 22 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Hyundai Tucson, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Reviewers say the 2014 Hyundai Tucson's firm handling, powerful engine option and upgraded interior make it a viable competitor among compact SUVs.

The Tucson is powered a four-cylinder engine that doesn't leave a good impression on critics, who say it's underpowered. A more powerful four-cylinder engine is optional, which test drivers say delivers class-competitive power and good acceleration off the line. Still, they say both engines can be loud and unrefined under hard acceleration. Test drivers also note that the standard six-speed automatic transmission is responsive and shifts smoothly. Test drivers say the Tucson offers responsive handling and its compact size makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces. Although its suspension is a bit firm, they say the Tucson rides comfortably over road imperfections. However, some critics say you can find sportier handling or a more comfortable ride in other compact SUVs. The base Hyundai Tucson gets an EPA-estimated 23/29 mpg city/highway. While that's about average for the class, there are several compact SUVs that earn better estimates.

The Hyundai Tucson received an interior refresh for 2014, and test drivers say the materials are generally of good quality and the cabin's layout is functional. They also note that the gauges are clear and that the climate control dials are large and accessible. Critics say the Tucson's back seat is small and that rear-seat passengers have limited visibility due to its sloped roof. However, test drivers say the front seats have plenty of room. Cargo space is also a bit small when compared to the class. The Hyundai Tucson comes equipped with a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port with an iPod cable and an auxiliary input. Optional features include a rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a touch-screen audio display, navigation and HD Radio.

  • "Overall, the Tucson remains one of the most pleasant crossovers at this price. It's up to date in almost every respect, and its manageable size makes it an enticing alternative to larger rivals." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover that delivers stylish sheetmetal and composed handling. Limited cargo space and rear seat room mean that some buyers might be better served by a larger rival - or Hyundai's own Santa Fe Sport - but those simply searching for a dapper all-weather runabout will likely find it a solid choice." -- Left Lane News
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Tucson offers a great blend of maneuverability, comfortable interior accommodations, and a plethora of standard features, making it a solid pick in this segment.” -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Ford Escape offers more cargo space than the Tucson, as well as an optional hands-free power liftgate. Reviewers like the Escape's spacious, comfortable cabin, which they say has ample head- and legroom in both the front and rear seats.

The GMC Terrain comes loaded with standard features like a rearview camera, heated mirrors, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Reviewers say its upscale interior materials and quality construction make for an exceptionally quiet, luxurious ride.

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Details: 2014 Hyundai Tucson

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson seats five and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is standard, while options include a more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. The Tucson comes in three trims: GLS, SE and Limited. Changes for 2014 include standard Bluetooth, a new SE trim, a revised suspension and powertrain lineup and optional all-wheel drive on the base model. Aside from these additions, the Tucson is largely unchanged since it was last redesigned for model year 2010. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 through the current model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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