The 2018 Hyundai Tucson is a port of the automaker’s full-size SUVs down to a compact shape. Like its bigger brothers, the Tucson lacks a “killer app” but instead focuses on seamless integration and all-around dependability to woo buyers.
Sound boring? Hardly. If we could ask the same from our smartphones we’d keep from ditching ours every two years.
Priced from the mid-$20,000s, the Tucson comes in SE, SEL, Value, Eco, and Limited trim. The mid-range models being the best compromise, we give the Tucson lineup a rating of 6.8 out of 10.
The Tucson wears a well-tailored sheet metal suit, one without any cheap flaws or awkward lines. The grille’s a dead ringer for the front ends of other Hyundai crossovers, and from the side it’s a downsized clone of the long three-row Santa Fe. Inside, the carefully formatted cabin puts on hard plastic in base versions, but most others soften the trim, which brings out the design’s best curves and surfaces.
Base Tucson crossovers have a 164-horsepower 4-cylinder and a 6-speed automatic, but it’s not the more desirable or even the more thrifty choice. Aim instead for the upsell powertrain, Hyundai’s 175-hp 1.6-liter turbo-4 and its 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. It’s reasonably smooth and has a rational amount of power for its intended use, though a full load of people and cargo pushes it to its VO2 max. All-wheel drive is an option. All Tucsons have lifeless electric steering, but the suspension and tires are tuned and selected for a well-damped ride, notable on a car that’s significantly smaller than some of its biggest competition.
On that angle, the Tucson doesn’t have the big cargo space of a CR-V, but it acquits itself well in seating four passengers. There’s enough space for that number, but a fifth passenger will be unwelcome unless they’re rail-thin. The Tucson’s rear seats recline and fold down, which helps boost the available cargo space.
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson offers outstanding style and technology both inside and out. See interior & exterior photos. 2018 hyundai tucson interior, New features complemented by a lower starting price and streamlined packages. The mid-size 2018 hyundai tucson colors, offers a complete lineup with a wide variety of finishes and features, two conventional engines.
2018 Hyundai Tucson Likes
- Surround-view cameras are a must-have feature
- USB and Bluetooth streaming, standard
- Good outward visibility
- Good looks
- Unmatched retro swagger
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2018 Hyundai Tucson EXPERT RATING BREAKDOWN
6.6 on a scale of 1 to 10
Comfort & Quality 4.0
Fuel Economy 5.0
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