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2019 Hyundai Tucson

2019 Hyundai Tucson

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$12,252 — $30,778 NEW and USED
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5 Seats
23-26 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Smooth ride
  • Quiet cabin
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Features value
  • 360-degree camera option
  • New adaptive cruise control
  • New, better powertrain

The Bad

  • 2.4-liter engine can be noisy
  • Mediocre gas mileage
  • Less cargo room than some rivals
  • Refreshed styling less distinctive
  • Base engine short on power
  • Camera images could be larger, sharper
2019 Hyundai Tucson exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Hyundai Tucson
  • Refreshed for 2019
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • 161-hp, 2.0-liter or 181-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Turbocharged 1.6-liter engine dropped

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2019 Hyundai Tucson Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What's the best compact SUV for 2019? To find out, we put seven popular models against one another in multiple days of testing. Watch the video to see what we thought.

By Fred Meier
The verdict:


The Hyundai Tucson's not a star in any one area, but it's solid all around, with improved value and a new, smoother powertrain for 2019.

Versus the competition:


The Tucson compact SUV is very competitive in price and features, but with its tidier size it might appeal most to shoppers who value maneuverability and parking ease more than cargo space.

The competition among mainstream compact SUVs has only gotten hotter since the current Hyundai Tucson made its debut for 2016. For 2019, the Tucson gets a mid-cycle freshening that helps it keep pace with redesigned or revised competitors, including such sales leaders as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue. (Compare them here.)

Styling tweaks give the Tucson’s look a modest update, but the more significant changes include a revised powertrain lineup, tech upgrades and additional safety and driver assistance systems available across more trim levels. These changes make the 2019 more attractive and add value to a car that already boasts Hyundai’s long warranty. Trim levels are slightly juggled, now including a base SE and a repackaged and repositioned Value, plus the SEL, Sport, Limited, Night and Ultimate. The SEL Plus has been dropped. And the Night is new, offering a second, more upscale sporty model with blacked-out trim and bigger wheels that slots between the Limited and Utimate in features and price.

Styling Dialed Back a Notch

The most obvious styling change is a version of Hyundai’s signature “cascading grille,” a larger mouth that brings the Tucson more in line with the look of other new Hyundais. Along with the grille comes a higher hood lip and a new bumper that make the front end look bulkier. The headlights look less stretched and now have boomerang-shaped accent lights, replacing the distinctive long slashes. The rear ge...

The competition among mainstream compact SUVs has only gotten hotter since the current Hyundai Tucson made its debut for 2016. For 2019, the Tucson gets a mid-cycle freshening that helps it keep pace with redesigned or revised competitors, including such sales leaders as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue. (Compare them here.)

Styling tweaks give the Tucson’s look a modest update, but the more significant changes include a revised powertrain lineup, tech upgrades and additional safety and driver assistance systems available across more trim levels. These changes make the 2019 more attractive and add value to a car that already boasts Hyundai’s long warranty. Trim levels are slightly juggled, now including a base SE and a repackaged and repositioned Value, plus the SEL, Sport, Limited, Night and Ultimate. The SEL Plus has been dropped. And the Night is new, offering a second, more upscale sporty model with blacked-out trim and bigger wheels that slots between the Limited and Utimate in features and price.

Styling Dialed Back a Notch

The most obvious styling change is a version of Hyundai’s signature “cascading grille,” a larger mouth that brings the Tucson more in line with the look of other new Hyundais. Along with the grille comes a higher hood lip and a new bumper that make the front end look bulkier. The headlights look less stretched and now have boomerang-shaped accent lights, replacing the distinctive long slashes. The rear gets reshaped taillights and a new bumper. Available 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels are also new; the top trims get 18s rather than 19s, which are saved for the more aggressive-looking Sport and Night.
 
The effect is a 2019 Tucson that’s softer and less bold than the one that debuted for 2016. It’s not like the 2015 Hyundai Sonata’s transformation from swoopy to staid, but the Tucson’s attitude quotient has been dialed back. On the styling Richter scale, the Tucson is mid-pack, with neither the high style of a 2019 Mazda CX-5 nor the aggressiveness of a redone Toyota RAV4.

No More Turbo

The base engine for the SE and Value trims has not changed: it’s a 161-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. While compact SUVs increasingly feature downsized turbocharged engines, the Tucson steps back by dropping the old version’s optional 175-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, instead giving SEL and higher trims a conventional 181-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic. This powertrain first appeared in the 2018 Tucson Sport.

The new engine has a bit more horsepower but less torque — and it kicks in later: the old 1.6-liter produced 195 pounds-feet of torque starting at 1,500 rpm, while the 2.4-liter peaks at 175 pounds-feet when wound up to 4,000 rpm. While I’d never argue for less power, the new powertrain is a much better fit for the Tucson. It gives up a little pep off the line but shifts notably more smoothly around town, and mid-range acceleration for on-ramps or highway passing is adequate.

The six-speed automatic might seem an anachronism in a world of mileage-chasing eight- to 10-speed transmissions and continuously variable automatics, but the wider gear steps are a good companion for the 2.4-liter. It downshifts willingly to tap into more power, with only slight hesitation. I never caught it searching for the right gear or upshifting at the wrong time in a turn, as some of the more exotic gearboxes do. The 1.6-liter turbo had a jerkier personality on startup, and the dual-clutch automatic could be hard-shifting and balky. My only complaints about the 2.4-liter is that it exhibits some diesel-like clatter and its automatic stop-start system is a little rough (though you can turn it off).

Handling feels competent and in control, though not sporty, and the steering has more weight — in a good way — than many Hyundais. The suspension is firmer and more European than some rivals, but the ride is very comfortable, competently handling rough city streets. The ride in the top trims seems more refined than in the 2018, possibly due to the switch to 18-inch wheels from the old Tucson’s 19s and their less compliant tires.

Gas mileage ratings for 2019 are unfortunately also anachronistic in an era when we expect increases with each model change. The 2018 Tucson was no leader as it was, and the 2019 moves in the wrong direction, with a 2 mpg decline in combined EPA estimates for the 2.4-liter versus the retired 1.6-liter. The 2019 is rated 22/28/25 mpg city/highway/combined with front-wheel drive and 21/26/23 with all-wheel drive. Compare it with the 2018 here. That’s far behind leaders like the CR-V and Nissan Rogue, whose front-wheel-drive models rate up to 28/34/30 and 26/33/29 mpg, respectively. The Tucson’s base engine is unchanged, with combined ratings of 26 (FWD) and 23 (AWD).

Interior and Tech Upgraded

The interior looks familiar, with the fanciest trims still more tasteful than opulent. The big panoramic moonroof option adds airiness, and the dashboard is fully redone, with new designs for the instrument cluster, center multimedia display and controls. A 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration is standard on all but the Ultimate, which gets an 8-inch screen with navigation. The display now stands up, tablet-style, on the dash, which puts it in a better line of sight and brings it closer for the driver to hit not just the touchscreen, but also the volume and tuning knobs and the shortcut buttons that flank the screen. With the redone climate controls sitting below new air vents, the center of the dash looks cleaner and less busy. A swath of soft wrap with stitching adds a premium touch.

The 2019 Tucson switches to a standard electronic parking brake on the console. There’s a new front seat design for interiors with leather upholstery (Limited and Ultimate) that’s more supportive and comfortable on long drives. YES Essentials cloth seats are standard on other trim levels; it’s a fabric Hyundai says repels odors as well as stains.   

Newly available tech includes wireless phone charging, which another Cars.com editor noted  worked well even with his bulky phone case, unlike in some other vehicles. Higher trims of the 2019 also get a USB outlet for the backseat, though I still wish for another one up front to go with the solo USB media port and a pair of 12-volt outlets. The Value trim level and above get three years of free Hyundai Blue Link connectivity services, including remote start, remote lock/unlock, roadside help and stolen vehicle recovery.

New upscale options include a heated steering wheel and 360-degree camera system that was much appreciated in the city, though the image could be larger and sharper.

Reclining adjustments help create a backseat with comfortable room for tall adults, though the cushioning is a little stiff for my taste and the bottom cushion is a hair short for longer trips. The Ultimate adds heated outboard seats.

There are a few interior details, however, that Hyundai could add to make higher trim levels feel more competitive with top versions of some rivals. One would be paying more attention to soft-touch surfaces. That includes not just in places you touch — where there’s still too much hard plastic — but also details like soft bottoms in some of the cubbies to eliminate small-item rattling and sliding. Another thing would be a modern configurable instrument cluster display like the one in the CR-V. A Wi-Fi hot spot would be nice, too.

Average Storage and Cargo Space

The Tucson has average cabin storage for a family SUV, including a medium-sized covered bin in the center console, a large-device cubby under the dash (with power ports, USB input and optional wireless charging), a smaller cubby in front of the center cupholders, smallish door bins with space for bottles, and a slim-item cubby on the front passenger side of the center console that was just right for my iPad Mini.

Cargo space is where the Tucson shows its smaller footprint; it’s about 4 to 8 inches shorter than most rivals. The Tucson has 31.0 cubic feet behind the backseat and 61.9 cubic feet with the 60/40-split, folding backrests down. The space doesn’t seem small, though, and it proved adequate for several carry-on bags with the seats raised; folded, there was room for me to help a friend move. But it does come up shy of compact SUV haulers like the CR-V, which has 39.2 cubic feet with the seats up and 75.8 with them down, and the Rogue, which has 39.3/70.0 cubic feet.  

A two-level cargo floor can be raised to the higher position to make a flatter full-length load floor when the backseat is folded, which also leaves space to store the cargo cover out of sight. It can also be lowered about 2 inches to make space for taller or bulkier items. Optional is an excellent hands-free power liftgate; just stand next to it with the key fob in your pocket or purse and it gives three warning beeps then opens wide. It’s more convenient than rival systems that need no hands but do require you to wave your foot under the bumper.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Tech Upgraded

The 2019 Tucson is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, earning top scores for crashworthiness and a superior score for the front collision system. But it missed out on the higher Top Safety Pick Plus designation due to low scores for its headlights; the LED headlights on Sport and higher trims are rated only acceptable, and the base system is rated poor. Only two models in the institute’s small SUV class, the Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-5, earned a good headlight rating.

For 2019, all Tucson trims get a standard front collision system with automatic braking and lane-keeping assist, features previously available only for an extra cost on the top trim. The second-level Value trim adds standard blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. This helps the Tucson keep up with rivals, though the 2019 Rogue and RAV4 still have more full-featured standard safety tech packages. The 2019 CR-V, however, still doesn’t offer such tech on its base model.

The Tucson also has new-for-2019 advanced safety tech options, including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, driver attention alert and automatic high beams. See a full list of safety features here.

The 2019 Tucson has not yet undergone a Cars.com Car Seat Check, but the previous version scored well and little of substance that would affect child seats has changed.

Value Still Appeals

The 2019 Tucson starts at a competitive $24,245 — $715 higher than 2018, but with added standard safety technology. But the highlight of the Tucson’s features-for-the-dollar equation — and worth its higher price — is the mid-range SEL, which starts at $26,645 (all prices include a destination fee) with FWD. It adds upscale exterior details, features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a second USB port in back and safety tech. Plus it adds the more satisfying 2.4-liter powertrain. Compare all Tucson trim levels here.

The value equation versus rivals extends to the fully loaded Ultimate, which is $33,995 with all-wheel drive. That undercuts similarly equipped AWD compact SUVs like the top CR-V Touring at $35,195, a 2019 RAV4 Limited with the top tech package at $38,815, and a Nissan Rogue SL with the Premium Package at $34,560. The Tucson also adds peace of mind thanks to Hyundai’s warranty, which provides five years/60,000 miles of vehicle coverage and 10 years/100,000 miles of powertrain coverage.

The Tucson may not be a star in any one area, but it’s a solid compact SUV all-around. One trade-off is that it’s also a bit smaller than most, so it might appeal most to shoppers who value parking ease and maneuverability over maximum hauling capacity.  

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
192 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

My 3rd Hyundai Tucson purchase

by Mpngirl from Freehold NJ on July 24, 2020

This car is very dependable and I will always recommend one to anyone. I have had no issues at all and continue to always purchase this Make and a Model of car Read full review

(5.0)

Love this vehicle

by Broncos1995 from Blaine, MN on July 22, 2020

Easy to maneuver and get around. very good on gas. A lot of space inside without feeling like your driving a huge vehicle. Great safety features. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Hyundai Tucson SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
poor

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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

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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.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

B

Booster

(second row)

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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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