2019 Hyundai Tucson Review

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

Relaxed and fatigue-free after a two-hour drive, I arrived in Annapolis grateful for the efforts of the engineering team at Hyundai to reduce noise levels inside the 2019 Tucson.

 

Similarly pleasing, the redesigned exterior treatment is noteworthy as well. It’s easy to admire the Hyundai’s athletic architecture, graced with a fierce black and chromed hexagonal grille and a sleek aerodynamic spoiler.

Even better, the 2019 Tucson standard features list can only be described as bountiful. Commanding a position of authority in the handsomely sculpted dash, the infotainment system’s seven-inch touchscreen boasts a neatly organized, simple to use interface.

 

Though its placement required a bit of a stretch to reach for me, the niceties included a six-speaker audio system fed by a pair USB ports. It also supported Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Tucson’s generous array of standard driver assistance features were led by a driver drowsiness monitoring system, which was buttressed with automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, forward collision warning and a rear view camera. To round out the safety suite, you can add a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and rear cross traffic alert. Pedestrian detection, which alerted me to the presence of a group of Navy midshipmen jogging past as I was backing out of a parking space, is available as well.

Optional comfort and convenience features include a panoramic sunroof, push-button start, wireless device charging, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-inch touch screen, navigation, an additional USB port and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system featuring both HD and satellite radio. By the way, most of the options mentioned above are included as standard when you go with the Tucson Ultimate trim package.

Belying its exterior dimensions, the sleek two-row compact Hyundai SUV accommodates up to five passengers. Added comfort awaits when you opt for the Ultimate trim package, which also brings leather upholstery, fast heating front and rear seats, power adjustable ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Cargo capacity with the rear seats deployed is 31 cubic feet. Folding the rear seats double it to 62. Either way, Tucson's available hands-free power liftgate makes loading and unloading heavier objects more convenient.

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson is offerd with a choice of two engines. Lower trims get a 161-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the pricier versions feature a 2.4-liter, 181-horsepower four-cylinder. A six-speed automatic transmission feeds the buyer’s choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

While both engines are passably frugal with fuel, I found them bit under powered. Still, I got 22 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway from my all-wheel drive Ultimate trimmed Tucson.

 

Pricing for the 2019 Hyundai Tucson starts at $23,000.

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