Hyundai’s Tucson compact SUV went under the knife for the 2019 model year, but only for some mild changes inside and out. As our preview noted, you’d have a hard time pointing out the exterior changes without a 2018 model for comparison.
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Most important, a front collision prevention system with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection is now standard across all trim levels; previously, it was only available on the Tucson’s highest trim, Limited. Lane keep assist, a system that can apply corrective steering if you start to leave the lane, is also standard. Additional safety options include a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control that works down to a full stop, driver attention warning and automatic high beams.
Outside, a new grille brings the Tucson into line with the rest of Hyundai’s lineup. New front and rear bumpers as well as new designs for the 17- and 19-inch wheels round out the updates.
Inside, the gauge cluster, vents, and multimedia display and controls are all new. A new electronic parking brake is standard across all trim levels. The seat design also changes from 2018 in models equipped with leather upholstery. Wireless phone charging and a USB port for the second row are now available, and three years of Hyundai Blue Link connected-car services are standard.
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