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2021 Hyundai Tucson
Starting at: $24,885
Highs Upscale styling, simple interior layout, smooth ride.
Lows Not particularly spacious, not particularly efficient, lengthy warranty not transferrable.
Verdict An underrated and often overlooked compact SUV, the Hyundai Tucson has many positive attributes and delivers an agreeable driving demeanor as well.
Hyundai’s handsome and value-packed Tucson compact SUV may be overshadowed by the luxury Palisade and sprightly Kona SUVs, but like its siblings it has a lot to offer. Its cabin is nicely laid out and offers plenty of convenience and luxury features—especially toward the more expensive end of the lineup where the Limited and Ultimate models take up residence. Buyers choose between a 164-hp 2.0-liter or a 181-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and either front- or all-wheel drive. Fuel efficiency and cargo space aren’t class leading, but they aren’t far off either, and the Tucson’s other positive traits help to bridge that gap. On the road, the Hyundai’s ride is smooth and its handling agreeable; a host of driver-assistance features are standard as well.
What’s New for 2021?
Hyundai is gearing up for an all-new Tucson to bow for the 2022 model year, so in the meantime it’s making almost no changes to the 2021 model. In fact, the only thing that’s different this year is color choices. Black Noir Pearl has been replaced by Ash Black, Gemstone Red has been replaced by Red Crimson, and Sage Brown has been replaced by Coliseum Gray.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We’d stick with the mid-range SEL, which was also our pick for 2020. The SEL offers most of the niceties that modern SUV shoppers want, including dual-zone automatic-climate controls, a rear-seat USB port, heated front seats, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Choosing the SEL also adds 18-inch wheels and silver-painted exterior accents that give the Tucson a classier appearance
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Two different four-cylinder engines are on tap to power the Tucson—a 164-hp 2.0-liter or a 181-hp 2.4-liter; both team with a six-speed automatic. In our testing, the base 2.0-liter delivered lethargic performance in all of our metrics. Unfortunately, we haven’t sampled the upgraded 2.4-liter engine, but expect it to deliver slightly better acceleration times. Handling isn’t all that noteworthy in the Tucson; it’s competent but not sporty. Body roll is well controlled, the steering is well weighted, and overall the Tucson changes direction with confidence. It also offers a very smooth and refined ride, and the suspension soaks up all but the harshest bumps nicely. This lack of bias to either the sporty or floaty ends of the handling spectrum strikes us as the kind of balanced nature that crossover shoppers will find appealing.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Tucson’s two four-cylinder engines earn EPA ratings that are merely average for this segment. The government estimates the most efficient version will earn 23 mpg city and 28 highway. Our all-wheel-drive test vehicle was powered by the larger 2.4-liter four-cylinder which delivered 26 mpg, matching its rating from the EPA.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside the Tucson’s dapper cabin, occupants are treated to well-built surroundings with user-friendly controls and a European-style design. It’s a bit on the monochromatic side with the all-black color scheme but opting for the beige upholstery adds some contrast. Cloth seating is standard, provided by YES Essentials; Hyundai claims the fabric resists staining, repels odors, and reduces static. For those who prefer leather, the Limited and Ultimate models offer it as standard equipment. Fold the Tucson’s rear seats flat and there is room for 22 carry-on suitcases; with the seats up, it held seven.
Infotainment and Connectivity
A full-fledged infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto capability is standard. Both the Limited and Ultimate trim levels feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen plus in-dash navigation.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA)
Hyundai’s compact crossover earns accolades from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its strong showing in crash tests; newly standard driver-assistance features such as automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist add an extra layer of protection. Additional features are optional. Key safety features include:
Standard automated emergency braking
Standard lane-keeping assist
Available adaptive cruise control
Read More https://www.caranddriver.com/hyundai/tucson-2021
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