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2019 Hyundai Tucson

$23,200 — $32,950 MSRP
SUV
5 Seats
23-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Hyundai has made only minor tweaks to the exterior and interior design of its successful Tucson compact SUV to refresh it for the 2019 model year. But beyond the similar looks are a significant safety upgrade and a revised powertrain lineup.

Standard on all 2019 Tucsons will be a front collision system featuring automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. This important safety tech was formerly available only as part of an extra-cost option package on the top Limited trim level.

And while the base engine carries over, the turbocharged 1.6-liter and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic in higher 2018 trim levels are being replaced with a conventional 2.4-liter four and six-speed automatic that offers a few more horsepower but less torque. The engine was recently added to the 2018 engine lineup, but only in a revived Sport model.

 

Exterior
The most obvious styling change is a version of Hyundai's signature "cascading grille," bringing the Tucson in line with other recently redone Hyundai models. The 2019 also has slightly restyled front and rear bumpers as well as revised headlight and taillight designs. The 17- and 19-inch wheels also get a new look.

Interior and Tech
The design of the instrument cluster, climate-control vents, and the center multimedia display and controls are new for 2019. The 2019 also switches to a standard electronic parking brake. There also is a new seat design in Tucson interiors with leather upholstery.

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Hyundai has made only minor tweaks to the exterior and interior design of its successful Tucson compact SUV to refresh it for the 2019 model year. But beyond the similar looks are a significant safety upgrade and a revised powertrain lineup.

Standard on all 2019 Tucsons will be a front collision system featuring automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. This important safety tech was formerly available only as part of an extra-cost option package on the top Limited trim level.

And while the base engine carries over, the turbocharged 1.6-liter and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic in higher 2018 trim levels are being replaced with a conventional 2.4-liter four and six-speed automatic that offers a few more horsepower but less torque. The engine was recently added to the 2018 engine lineup, but only in a revived Sport model.

 

Exterior
The most obvious styling change is a version of Hyundai's signature "cascading grille," bringing the Tucson in line with other recently redone Hyundai models. The 2019 also has slightly restyled front and rear bumpers as well as revised headlight and taillight designs. The 17- and 19-inch wheels also get a new look.

Interior and Tech
The design of the instrument cluster, climate-control vents, and the center multimedia display and controls are new for 2019. The 2019 also switches to a standard electronic parking brake. There also is a new seat design in Tucson interiors with leather upholstery.

A 7-inch display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration is standard. Newly available are wireless phone charging and a USB outlet for the second row. And all 2019 Tucsons will come with three years of free Hyundai Blue Link connected car services, including remote locking, remote start with climate control, emergency assistance, car finder and theft recovery.

Under the Hood
The 2019 Tucson steps back from the powertrain trends of small turbo engines and transmissions with more gears. A revised choice of powertrains drops the 2018 Tucson's punchy little turbocharged 1.6-liter turbo and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that came in the higher trim levels. Taking its place as the upmarket engine option is a 181-horsepower, naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4-liter/six-speed combo was just added to the 2018 engine lineup as the engine for a mid-level 2018 Sport trim level and is a version of an engine also used in Hyundai's Santa Fe Sport SUV and Sonata sedan. For 2019, this powertrain will be standard in the upper SEL, Sport and Limited trim levels.

While the 2.4's horsepower rating is an increase of 6 hp over the turbo 1.6-liter, it produces 20 pounds-feet less torque and does it at higher engine rpms. We won't know until we drive one, but that sounds to us like it will be less zippy around town. The engine has a standard start-stop system; no fuel-mileage estimates have been given.

The base engine carries over: a 164-hp, 2.0-liter four that puts out 151 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It will be standard in the base SE and Value trim levels.

Safety and Driver Assistance
The most significant change for 2019 is that the front collision system with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection will be standard on all Tucson models. It was formerly an extra-cost option available only on the top Limited trim level. Also standard will be a lane keep assist feature.

Optional safety and driver assistance features will include a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, a driver attention warning and a new automatic high-beams feature.
 

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The 2019 Hyundai Tucson currently has 0 recalls


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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Newer than 5 model years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    5 years/60,000 miles (from remainder of original)

  • Powertrain

    10 years/100,000 miles and 10 years/100,000 miles for hybrid/electric vechicle batteries.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    150-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tucson received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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