2019 Hyundai Tucson Review

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2019 Hyundai Tucson Overview

Over its lifetime, the Hyundai Tucson has transformed from a frugal, value-minded small SUV into a competent, refined crossover. For 2019, the Tucson receives a thorough refresh with new standard safety features and technology all wrapped in a sharp new look.

On the outside, the 2019 Tucson receives a new front fascia defined by an updated headlight design and the latest version of Hyundai’s signature cascading grille along with new taillights and updated exhaust outlets. The result is a handsome aesthetic that fits into Hyundai’s latest design language.

The 2019 Tucson has two powertrain choices. The SE and Value trims come with the base engine and the SEL, Sport, and Limited get the upgraded unit. The base engine is a 2.0-liter inline-4, which makes 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The upgraded engine is a 2.4-liter inline-4 that puts out 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission that features a manual tap-shift mode. Power is sent to the front wheels or available all-wheel drive.

Inside, the dash layout of the Tucson has been completely reimagined with a “floating screen” design for the standard touchscreen, which caps off a newly redesigned center stack. In addition, the instrument cluster and rear view mirror have also been refreshed while all five occupants can enjoy the updated available leather seats. All trims also come standard with a 60/40 split/fold rear seat. With the rear seats up, the Tucson provides 31 cubic feet of cargo space, and with the seats folded, cargo capacity grows to 61.9 cubic feet.

The 2019 Tucson also features a new suite of standard technology. Hyundai now provides a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard equipment, which comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as voice control features.

Trims for the Tucson are SE, Value, SEL, Sport, and Limited. The base SE trim comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, the 7-inch touchscreen, and features like blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and a backup camera with dynamic guidelines. The Value trim adds a blind-spot collision warning system, rear cross-traffic warning, an 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, and push-button start.

Next, SEL offers 18-inch wheels, dual automatic temperature control, and an upgraded powertrain. However, if you’re looking for more visual flair, the Sport model provides 19-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights with LED daytime running lights, and unique interior accents.

The range-topping Limited model adds automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, chrome window accents and door handles, as well as chrome grille accents. Inside, the Limited adds leather seating and the upgraded 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes navigation and an Infiniti premium audio system. The Limited also includes rain-sensing wipers, automatic high beams, and Qi wireless charging. For rear seat passengers, a second-row USB port is now available for 2019. You can also add options like heated rear seats and a panoramic sunroof.

Standard safety features on the Tucson include forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines. Other standard safety features include vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.

Available driver assistance features include pedestrian detection, a 360-degree monitor, and dynamic cruise control with stop-and-go. The Tucson is also available with a driver attention assist that can sense if the driver is drowsy and needs a break, making the Tucson an incredibly advanced—and safe—sport utility vehicle.

The 2019 Tucson follows up a very competent 2018 model, which featured a quiet comfortable ride and solid safety attributes. The 2019 Tucson builds on this vehicle, adding more infotainment and safety technology with handsomely updated styling.

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From open-wheel racecars to specialty off-road vehicles, George Kennedy has driven it all. A career automotive journalist, George has been a contributor, editor, and/or producer at some of the most respected publications and outlets, including Consumer Reports, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Autoblog.com, Hemmings Classic Wheels, BoldRide.com, the Providence Journal, and WheelsTV.

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