2019 Hyundai Tucson

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2019 Hyundai Tucson Review

Four years into the third generation Hyundai Tucson, it's now no longer the baby SUV in the line-up. It's fresh-faced for 2019 with substantial revisions inside and out and a shake-up of the features and available engines. 164-horsepower 2.0-liter and 181-hp 2.4-liter engines now provide the power, with last year's 1.6T dropped from the line-up altogether, while front-wheel drive remains standard with all-wheel drive optional. A six-speed automatic is still the only gearbox as the Tucson vies to become the last word in everyday SUV comfort against top rivals like the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V. Priced from $23,200 to $32,950, there's a good variety with six trims available and options like heated rear seats, wireless device charging, and smart cruise control now available.

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2019 Hyundai Tucson Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2018 Tucson?

For 2019, the Hyundai Tucson has had a substantial refresh with updated exterior and interior styling to keep things fresh after three years since its launch. The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine has been dropped from the line-up altogether with the higher-horsepower 2.4-liter naturally aspirated motor now on duty from the SEL trim upwards. Outside, there's a new grille and a new headlights design, while new taillights also feature. Wheel designs ranging from 17- to 19-inches in size have been redesigned as well. Changes on the inside include a Kona-inspired dash design with a new seven-inch touchscreen display in the center stack with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay now standard across the range. Available on higher trims, new wireless charging and a second row USB outlet are available, as are rain-sensing wipers. Also included on all models are active safety features like forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist, compared to last year's availability only on top trims. Pricing has increased by $745 for the base SE.

Pros and Cons

  • Quiet, refined interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Loads of features for the money on higher trims
  • Great safety features
  • Decent ride and handling balance
  • Average cargo and storage options below the best in class
  • Poor performance from base 2.0 engine
  • Fuel economy is below that of class leaders
  • No turbo-power for 2019
  • SE trim features bare essentials only

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2019 Hyundai Tucson Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SE
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$23,350
Value
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$24,800
SEL
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$25,750
Sport
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$27,850
Limited
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$29,050
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2019 Tucson Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 176.4 in
  • Wheelbase 105.1 in
  • Height 64.8 in
  • Max Width 72.8 in
  • Front Width 63.3 in
  • Rear Width 63.8 in
  • Curb Weight 3,309.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Black Noir Pearl
  • Dusk Blue
  • Molten Silver
  • Sage Brown
  • Aqua Blue
  • White Pearl
  • Coliseum Gray
  • Dazzling White
  • Gemstone Red

2019 Tucson Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Inline-4 Gas, 2.4L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Hyundai Tucson is rather unremarkable to drive. To clarify, it's not bad, not by any means, but it's just unmemorable by most measures which may be exactly what endears it to some buyers who don't want anything that lingers in the memory for too long.

The base engine is best avoided if you can afford a higher specification level, as it's gutless and loathes being worked. The 2.4 is decent, with peppy low-down responses and it works well with the six-speed automatic to slur through gears in comfort while still providing decent performance and economy.

The Tucson handles well too, with suspension that balances comfort with support on changing surfaces quite well. It always maintains composure, is never unsettled, and filters out small bumps to perfection while minimizing the effects of larger bumps. Body roll is kept in check too, but it's by no means a sporty SUV, especially when the Mazda CX-5 begs to be driven like a hot hatch. The steering is responsive and turn-in is sharp and direct, but because it's an electrically power-assisted setup it has zero feedback, even if they did get the weighting pretty spot on. That's about par for the course though as not many rivals offer steering setups dripping with feedback.

There's nothing the Tucson does wrong, and in any circumstance, on just about any surface you'll be pleased with the levels of comfort and refinement, and with next to no noise intrusion you'll feel mighty relaxed when you climb out at the end of your journey. But there's just no character to the Tucson. He's a nice guy, and mom and dad would approve, but he'd make a very boring husband, and it's that sort of attitude that makes the Tucson an appliance and nothing more.

2019 Tucson Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.5 in
  • Front Head Room 39.6 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.2 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.2 in

2019 Tucson Trunk and Cargo Space

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2019 Tucson Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2019 Hyundai Tucson A Good SUV?

The Hyundai Tucson's 2019 upgrade has given it a stylish new face and increased safety and specification across the range without compromising on the comfort, affordability, and practicality we've always liked about it. It's not the most exciting to drive, but it is supremely comfortable, and taller passengers will appreciate the copious amounts of space in the rear of the cabin. If you're after a driver's SUV, the Mazda CX-5 should get your hard-earned cash, and if it's cargo space and top quality materials you're after, then look at a Honda CR-V, but if comfort, reliability, and getting from A to B with all the necessary features at a decent price is high on your priority list, a Tucson SEL is one of the best possible ways to get around. As an established player in this segment, the Tucson continues to prove Hyundai is right up there with the best of the established brands.

2019 Hyundai Tucson Comparisons

Mazda CX-5 Mazda
Honda CR-V Honda
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Hyundai Tucson187 hp26/33 mpg$26,700
Mazda CX-5 187 hp24/30 mpg$26,700
Honda CR-V 190 hp28/34 mpg$31,610

2019 Hyundai Tucson vs Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 caters to those who enjoy driving, with an endearing chassis, thrilling dynamics, supple ride, and a new, potent turbocharged engine. It performs better than the Tucson but remains more economical as well. It's also just as well equipped, if not more so at base level, but carries with it a slightly higher asking price. The CX-5 is equipped with a premium feeling interior that the Tucson can't match, but the Tucson's infotainment is more intuitive and feels more modern. Where the Tucson is better, however, is in the rear passenger space, where it boasts space for tall adults compared to the CX-5's cramped quarters. Both models have comparable cargo space. Overall, the CX-5 is more premium, more refined, and better to drive, and we'd recommend it over the Tucson.

See Mazda CX-5 Review

2019 Hyundai Tucson vs Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is one of the best crossovers in its segment, and for a number of good reasons. It's the most practical by far, with an abundance of cargo volume the Tucson can't match. However, the Tucson forgoes storage capacity in favor of rear passenger legroom and is one of the only vehicles in this segment capable of rivaling the CR-V in this regard. But the Honda feels nicer inside, is equipped better across the range, and is more involving to drive. Its engines are more willing and the suspension and chassis cater to those who enjoy being behind the wheel, unlike the Tucson which divorces occupants from the road around them. The Honda is reliable and carries great gas mileage estimates, making it better in most aspects. The only aspect in which the Tucson has the CR-V beaten is its infotainment system which is vastly more intuitive.

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