The 2019 Hyundai Tucson scorching-swaps one in every of its four-cylinder engines, and ups its safety recreation.
The 2019 Hyundai Tucson may need been the toddler within the South Korean automaker’s household if it weren’t for the arrival of the brand new 2018 Kona crossover.
Now that it’s firmly in the midst of the SUV lineup at residence, the Tucson clamors for consideration this yr with a brand new engine providing, some new know-how and safety gear, and an interior that cribs from its smaller sibling.
We haven’t pushed it but, however we think the upgraded Tucson will fare in addition to final yr’s model, which we rated at a score of 6.eight out of 10–perhaps even higher. (Learn extra about how we price automobiles.)
The 2019 Tucson takes child steps towards the brand new Hyundai styling themes in full flourish on the Kona. The entrance finish dons a brand new grille and new headlights, whereas the rear slips on some new taillights and minor particulars are tweaked. It’s cautious to vary an excessive amount of, too shortly—there’s a much bigger 2019 Santa Fe within the works, one which bristles with all of the change implied within the up to date Tucson.
Inside, the Tucson’s sprint adopts the shapes of the Kona, with a decrease sprint and an enormous touchscreen that rises from it, as an alternative of nestling in it. Usually, there’s a extra horizontal emphasis to the strains, an emphasis that replaces the defend-formed middle stack on final yr’s version.
The entry-degree Tucson nonetheless sports activities a 164-horsepower four-cylinder and a 6-velocity automated, however Hyundai changed the previous turbo-four within the Tucson with a non-turbo, 2.four-liter inline-four with 181 hp. It’s additionally coupled to a 6-velocity automated. All-wheel drive stays an choice.
Prior to now we’ve lighted on the Tucson for lifeless electric steering, however its experience and dealing with have damped out the worst street surfaces higher than many small crossovers. This yr’s addition of 18-inch wheels to the choices record shouldn’t change that an excessive amount of.
With no main change to its dimensions, the 2019 Tucson will stay a good bit smaller than the packaging king, Honda’s CR-V. The Tucson nonetheless delivers ample area for 4 adults. 5—three adults in again—gained’t be comfortable for lengthy rides, however to be truthful, when can 5 adults agree on something?
The 2019 Tucson adopts the newest safety features in its quest to fend off not simply the CR-V, but in addition SUVs like the brand new 2019 Subaru Forester. Ahead-collision warnings are standard, together with lively lane management. The Tucson may be ordered with a encompass-view digital camera system and adaptive cruise management to go together with its standard rearview digital camera. Since crash-test scores have been robust up to now, we anticipate this new mannequin will fare properly, however no IIHS or NHTSA scores are revealed.
For 2019, the Hyundai Tucson comes with the standard energy features, Bluetooth, and touchscreen audio. The bottom display now’s a 7.zero-inch unit, and the Tucson has standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Automated headlights, a rear-seat USB port, and wi-fi smartphone charging are new choices to go together with the standard leather-based, sunroof, and navigation.
Costs haven’t been set, however the 2019 Tucson goes on sale later this yr in Worth and SE variations with the two.zero-liter inline-four, and in SEL, Sport, and Restricted fashions with the two.four-liter inline-four.
- A easy however interesting look
- Refined journey
- A quiet cockpit
- Affordable fuel financial system
- Wonderful warranty protection
- Chintzy SE trim
- Smaller cargo area than in rivals
- Restricted’s the one mannequin for prime tech
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