2018 Tucson New Car Test Drive
Redesigned for its third generation as a 2016 model, Hyundai's compact crossover hasn't changed much for 2017. An automatic liftgate is available on 2017 Hyundai Tucson.
Even though the Tucson breaks no barriers, it's a handsome, value-priced crossover SUV. Externally and internally, it looks classier than might be expected. In addition to a quiet cabin, each Tucson promises a pleasantly refined ride.
Three trim levels are offered: entry-level SE, thrifty Eco, Sport, and top-end Limited. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available.
Tucson SE holds a direct-injected, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which develops 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque and teams with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
All other Tucsons get a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet. That stronger torque figure gives upper-trim models more confident performance. Rather than a conventional automatic transmission, turbo versions get a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
In urban driving, the turbocharged engine can feel sluggish due to turbo lag.
Crash-testing gave Tucson five-star scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for frontal and side impacts, but a four-star rating for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety made Tucson a Top Safety Pick, but only in Limited trim with the optional automatic braking. Sport and Limited versions include blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2017 Hyundai Tucson SE ($22,700) has front-wheel drive and 2.0-liter engine with 6-speed automatic. Standard equipment includes a rearview camera, 5.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, satellite radio, cruise control, air conditioning, automatic headlights, a tilt/telescopic steering column, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Cloth upholstery is stain- and odor-resistant. A Popular option package adds roof rails, LED running lights and other features.
All-wheel drive ($1,400) is available for each model. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Tucson Eco ($24,150) gets the 1.6-liter turbo and dual-clutch automatic, as well as a power driver's seat, low rolling-resistance tires and aerodynamically styled 17-inch wheels.
Tucson SE Plus ($26,750) adds heated power front seats, navigation, blind-spot detection, and other features. Tucson Sport ($25,900) has keyless ignition, 19-inch wheels, several driver-assist features, and an automatic liftgate. Tucson Night ($27,800) includes a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, and aluminum pedals.
Tucson Limited ($29,775) adds such luxuries as leather upholstery, navigation with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and telematics. An Ultimate Package adds a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.