The 2019 Hyundai Tucson sticks to its guns this year, still positioned as a value proposition in the compact crossover class. It may not be as shiny and new as it was for the redesigned 2016 model year, but the Tucson still manages to be an attractive choice due to its premium features and handsome curves. Hyundai managed to sneak in a mid-cycle update for the 2019 model year to keep things fresh, too. This makes it a slightly more enticing option now, but the large swath of new competitors out there makes for an especially difficult choice in this segment. We would never call the Tucson the most dynamic or fun-to-drive crossover, but it does offer up a handy bit of utility and comfort at a relatively low price point. What’s new with Tucson for 2019? Hyundai included a solid roster of new equipment and changes for the updated 2019 Tucson. The 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission are gone, replaced with a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder mated to a six-speed auto as the upgrade engine. That turbo offered more punch for around town driving, but the new four-cylinder is plenty sufficient for its duties. A long list of equipment makes up the rest of the changes. Hyundai added a full suite of driver assistance systems, some standard, some optional. Also available through higher trims are rain-sensing wipers, a wireless charging pad, 18-inch wheels, LED headlights/taillights and a second row USB outlet. What’s the Tucson’s interior and in-car technology like? The design and layout of the interior is rather bland and functional, all the way up to the most expensive “Ultimate” trim level – no matter the trim, it’s not going to wow anybody. If you want a little more style from your crossover’s interior, look elsewhere, or look at the slightly larger Santa Fe sitting next to it on the dealer lot. There are some poor quality plastics littered about, but Hyundai does a decent job of making sure the pieces you’ll actually touch regularly are soft. As all modern Hyundai infotainment systems go, this one is easy to use and relatively simple, but it isn’t the prettiest to look at. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard on the cheapest of Tucsons, because Hyundai makes its 7-inch touchscreen standard equipment. An 8-inch screen with navigation and upgraded audio system is added to the Limited and Ultimate trims. Every trim but the base SE makes heated front seats standard, too. The rear seats are heated on the top Ultimate trim. How big is Tucson? The 2019 Hyundai Tucson fits neatly into the ever-growing compact crossover segment. It measures 176.2 inches in overall length, which makes it one of the smaller vehicles among its competitors. It’s also lacking in ground clearance compared to others, coming in at just 6.4 inches. While that’s not ideal for mud or deep snow, it does make getting in and out of the Tucson easier. Legroom and cargo capacity are average, but …
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