2018 Hyundai Tucson Overview

 

Overview

After a complete redesign in 2016, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson provides the same great value it always has, thanks to its superb styling, sophisticated technology, and excellent fuel economy. For 2018, the Tucson further pads its resume with a host of new features.

The Perfect Ride for...

The driver who wants modern style with well-rounded ability in a compact and affordable package. The 2018 Tucson will look great in your driveway and deliver the value and versatility you expect from a small crossover SUV. Plus, the Tucson boasts powertrain options that help boost efficiency, without leaving the driver wanting for more power. A five-door, five-seat compact crossover, the 2018 Tucson is offered in five trim levels with prices starting at $22,550.*

Drive & Handling

Base models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can also choose a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The naturally aspirated engine is paired exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the turbo engine gets a seven-speed dual-clutch unit. Both powertrains are offered with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

With the 2.0-liter engine and front-wheel drive, the Tucson gets an EPA-rated 26 mpg combined (23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway), while all-wheel-drive versions get 23 mpg combined (21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway).** Front-wheel drive models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine get 27 mpg combined (25 mpg city, 30 mpg highway), while all-wheel-drive models get 26 mpg combined (24 mpg city, 28 mpg highway).**

Key Features 

Upgrades by trim level

The base Tucson model is the SE, which continues Hyundai’s tradition of offering a lot of standard equipment for a low price. It comes with 17-inch alloy wheels; projector headlights; power-folding heated exterior mirrors; stain-resistant YES Essentials® cloth seating surfaces; six-way power driver’s seat; a 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat; steering-wheel-mounted audio, cruise, and Bluetooth® controls; and a 5-inch color touchscreen, among other features.

The Tucson SEL and SEL Plus packages include all of the applicable standard equipment from the SE and adds additional premiums features like fog lights, outside mirrors with turn-signal indicators, roof rails, power lumbar support for the driver’s seat, and an illuminated glove box.

The top Tucson models, (the Value and the Limited), add extra horsepower with the turbocharged engine with additional premium features like 19-inch alloy wheels, a power tailgate, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and proximity key entry. Finally, the Tucson Limited alone comes standard with LED headlights (HID headlights are optional), LED taillights, extra chrome exterior trim, leather seats, a power passenger’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, Hyundai’s BlueLink® 2.0 telematics system, and an 8.0-inch central touchscreen display with integrated navigation.

Design 

The Hyundai Tucson got a completely new look as part of its redesign, and those same great looks return for 2018. The exterior features the latest version of Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design language, adapting the handsome look of the larger Santa Fe crossover and the Sonata sedan. The body grille and wheel-arch flares give the Tucson some SUV toughness but the overall appearance is still very sleek and car-like.

On the inside, the Tucson sports a comparably sophisticated design, with a contoured instrument panel meant to create a greater sense of space, a feeling backed up by 102.2 cubic feet of passenger volume. Increased use of premium materials for a higher-quality feel satisfies the modern appetite for tech, and infotainment system options vary with either the standard 5-inch (SE), available 7-inch (SEL and Value), or available 8.0-inch (SEL Plus and Limited) touchscreens. There’s also a usable 31.0 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, and 61.9 cubic feet of space with the seats folded.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2018 Hyundai Tucson includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, and six standard airbags. Optional features include blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and backup warning sensors.

Alternative Options

If you're looking for a compact car with modern exterior styling that extends to a cleanly designed interior, the polished 2018 Hyundai Elantra rivals any of the competition's offerings, and its attractive looks, fuel efficiency, and plentiful options make it a high-value choice. Need something more spacious? Not only does the 2018 Hyundai Sonata offer a powerful yet efficient ride, it's also a roomy and comfortable sedan that flirts with luxury levels of equipment and provides plenty of cargo space.

*Prices listed are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the vehicle and options chosen by you. These prices do not include transportation, taxes, title, other options, dealer installation costs, or other dealer charges.

**EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary depending on driving habits and conditions.

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