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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 Interior

Reviewers are generally pleased with the 2014 Hyundai Tucson's interior layout and attractive materials. Although some critics aren't fond of some hard plastic materials, they remain impressed overall. Test drivers appreciate the Tucson's large, accessible climate controls and high-quality upholstery. Reviewers say the Tucson's front seats offer plenty of space; however, they feel that its back seats are cramped, with limited headroom and visibility. The Tucson also has less cargo space than many competing compact SUVs.

  • "The interior is likewise more attractive than the norm, and upgraded materials as part of this year's refresh give it a more upmarket feel." -- Left Lane News
  • "The dashboard and interior panels, although mainly hard plastic, are nicely textured." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Tucson features a refined cabin. The GLS is trimmed with soft-touch materials and brushed-chrome pieces. The seats are upholstered in a cloth/vinyl material that is rich and convincing; patterned-cloth seat inserts add some personality to the interior." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The Tucson looks good on the inside. Not only do the surfaces and materials look good, they feel good as well. The rotary climate control dials felt a little light and a little cheap, as did the controls on the turn-signal stalk, but overall there were more hits than misses." -- Cars.com (2012)

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Seating

The Hyundai Tucson seats five and comes with cloth seats and reclining second-row seats. Leather seats, heated front seats and an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat are optional. Critics agree that there is plenty of head- and legroom in the Tucson's front seats, but that back-seat space is small and has limited visibility due to the Tucson's sloping roof. One reviewer notes that the Tucson doesn't have the quietest cabin in the class.

  • "Road noise can be an issue, however. There are definitely quieter crossovers in this class." -- AutoTrader
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Though there's plenty of space up front, the rear seats are on the small side. …" -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson comes equipped with a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port with an iPod cable and an auxiliary input jack. 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.

Reviewers are generally impressed with the Tucson’s cabin, particularly its large, accessible climate control dials. One auto writer appreciates the Tucson's clear touch-screen display, and notes that all of the Tucson’s available audio systems integrate seamlessly with smartphones and digital music players.

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  • "The controls are within easy reach, feel substantial - the beveled window switches are especially nice - and operate smoothly." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The climate-control dials are big and placed logically. The standard audio deck is very convenient to use. Tucson's navigation system has a large touchscreen that is clear to see and easy to use. Though the navigation system absorbs the audio controls, they are not overly complicated to master. Whether or not you opt for navigation, the integration of digital-music players is nearly seamless." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The Tucson has 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 55.8 cubic feet of space with them folded. Critics note that cargo space is significantly bigger in class leaders like the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4. Still, one reviewer says that there are plenty small-item storage spaces throughout the cabin.

  • "Tucson's rear seat backs fold almost flat, though we'd like some sort of under-floor storage. Small-items storage space in the cabin is generous. …" -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The Tucson also gives up ground to its rivals in terms of cargo space. There are just 25.7 cubic feet behind the 60/40-split rear seats and 55.8 cubic feet with those seatbacks folded down. That latter number falls short of the CR-V, Subaru Forester and RAV4 by around 15 cubic feet, an amount of space equal to the entire trunk volume of some popular midsize sedans." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The 60/40 split second row accommodates six-foot passengers, but its cargo volume (25.7 cu ft) is smaller than many of its competitors." -- Motor Trend (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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