Review: 2018 Hyundai Tucson

Review: 2018 Hyundai Tucson

The 2018 Hyundai Tucson bests the competition with a range of well-equipped trims, excellent third-party safety ratings, and a family-friendly cabin.

Richmond area drivers love this modern crossover, and our staff is ready to answer any of your questions and take you for a test drive. Before you get in touch, check out our full review to see what each trim offers:

Safety and Technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Tucson a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. Plus, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Hyundai crossover a 2018 Top Safety Pick, awarding it top scores in crashworthiness and crash avoidance and mitigation.

All models of the new Tucson are available with Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection (AEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Automatic Emergency Braking, rear parking sensors, and high-intensity discharge headlights with Dynamic Bending Lighting System. Upper trims come standard with Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, LDW, AEB, and rear parking sensors.

Comfort and Convenience

For 2018, Hyundai revamped the lineup of Tucson trims, which includes the SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Value, and Limited. Standard features on the SE trim include YES Essentials cloth seating surfaces, 6-way driver’s seat, a dual-level cargo floor, and a 60/40 split-folding and reclining rear seatback. The SEL trim adds an 8-way power driver’s seat, power lumbar support, and three-level heated front seats. Upper trims add leather seating surfaces, an 8-way power passenger’s seat, ventilated front seats, and two-level heated rear seats.

For your convenience, all models feature a rearview camera, air conditioning, external temperature display, and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel with mounted audio controls. Available features include dual automatic temperature control with Auto Defogging and CleanAir Ionizer, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, Proximity Key entry, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and compass.

Standard entertainment features include a 5-inch touchscreen audio display, USB and auxiliary input, and 6-speaker audio. The SEL adds Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, Sirius XM Radio, and a 7-inch touchscreen display. Available features include an 8-inch touchscreen, Infinity Premium Audio, Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology.

Performance and Fuel Economy

You have two powertrain options when shopping for a Tucson. The base is a 2.0-liter inline-4 that makes 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque, while drivers can also upgrade to a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 that produces 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter engine has a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the turbo option has a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Both options are available with all-wheel drive.

Hyundai backs its powertrain America’s best warranty, a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain guarantee and a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty.

According to EPA estimates, the 2018 Tucson FWD gets up to 25 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, and AWD models get a maximum of 24 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.


Starting at $22,550 MSRP

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