More Power, Less Price From Hyundai's New Tucson Sport


More choices for compact buyers.

Order guides have revealed that Hyundai has added a third engine choice to its popular compact Tucson crossover. Based on information obtained by CarsDirect, the automaker has decided to take one of its ubiquitous 2.4-liter engines and jam it under the hood of the family favorite in order to create a new “Sport” trim level. Power levels weren’t specified, but other 2.4-liter powered offerings in Hyundai’s lineup make 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque.

That's compared with the standard 2.0-liter’s 164 hp and 151 lb-ft, and the pricier 1.6 turbo which pumps out 175 hp, but a twistier 195 lb-ft of torque.T he new Sport trim level will slide in between the SEL and SEL Plus trims currently on offer. According to the report, the Tucson sport will gain higher-end features dashed with a hint of visual aggression. Outside, it gets tweaked front and rear fascias, chrome dual exhaust, and 19-inch wheels. Inside it gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, along with a push-button ignition.

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Other standard kit includes a proximity key, and driver-assist features like blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert and lane change assist, features previously only available on SEL Plus and above. The 2.4-liter is familiar to Tucson aficionados, as it previously powered every generation of the crossover until it was dropped for the current generation. The company is smart to add another option to the repertoire of its best selling model. Starting price for the Tucson Sport, including destination, will be $26,130. If you want to add all-wheel-drive it’s available for a further $1,400.

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