Hyundai Tucson information and reviews
All Tucson Trim Levels
So is the Tucson the best compact SUV, the best compact SUV for families, or the best compact SUV for the money? US News says it's all three! They praise the roominess, balanced ride, upscale interior, and gobs of safety features.
Consumer Reports (subscription required) says that the Tucson missed out on the top spot in class by 1 point (out of 100) to the Subaru Forester, yet they project the Tucson to have better reliability and owner satisfaction. This also means they scored it ahead of the Toyota Rav4, Honda CR-V, and Nissan Rogue. Of course it is recommended. The only demerit listed on the plusses and minuses was slow acceleration with the standard gasoline engine. But they say that the Hybrid's combination of performance and fuel economy is impressive. They claim nimble handling while still getting a comfortable and quiet ride. In fact, they liked a whole lot! See their comments here with a subscription.
In this review of the Tucson, MotorTrend says that Honda and Toyota should be nervous. Why? They love the bold exterior styling and "stellar" interior. There is lots of legroom for the back seat passengers and a whole lot of cargo space. The Hybrid model has a lot of power and a 6-speed transmission instead of a CVT, which makes it even more fun to drive than the non-Hybrid model. I have perhaps an answer to a question they ask in the article: the reason I think Hyundai did not include a brake regen controller for the paddle shifters instead of gear selection is that they want it to operate just like a non-Hybrid model - they want the Hybrid to be as normal as the non-hybrid. That was the expressed point of the Hyundai Ioniq when it came out. They want a normal feeling car that happens to get great gas mileage. The Kona electric that they referenced is a fully electric model and that by nature operates a little differently.
While MotorTrend and Automobile Magazine (I didn't include MotorTrend's "First Drive" because it was word-for-word the same as Automobile's that I included above - they work together now - as does Road and Track and Car and Driver, must be the "and"s in their names) feel that the suspension is a little too firm, Car and Driver feels it is spot on (I like a slightly firmer ride as well). They also feel that the steering is weighted well. Otherwise, they had similar praises for the interior and exterior styling ,as well as the comfort. They appreciated both engines - the Hybrid and non-Hybrid - that were on offer for the press introductory event.
While in this article Car and Driver doesn't add much, it does show that the Tucson earns an Editor's Choice award and ranks ahead of the Toyota Rav4, Honda CR-V, and Nissan Rogue.
This is the official Hyundai walk around video of the Hyundai Tucson Limited:
For several years now, Ward's Auto has been giving 10 Best awards for things like engines/powertrains, but they also do interior awards. Obviously the interior is even more important that the exterior since that is where we experience our vehicle. This year, the Hyundai Tucson Limited receives a 10 Best Interiors award. Judges liked the eye-catching and clean design citing, among other touches, the sort-of hidden AC vents. Fit and finish, as well as easy-to-use technology were also mentioned as reasons for the award. See all their praises here.
So is the Tucson Hybrid the best hybrid and electric SUV or the best hybrid and electric SUV for the money? US News says it is both! They really like the fantastic interior quality, roomy interior, composed ride, and powerful drivetrain.
AutoGuide drove and reported on the Tucson Hybrid model. They readily admit that it doesn't get as good of fuel economy as its competitive set - the hybrids models of the Rav4, CR-V, and Escape - but its close - and beats them all in ride refinement and the fact that it uses a transmission that actually shifts. See here why they feel the Tucson beats the competition hands down.
Tucson vs the Competition
Cars.com often performs comparison tests among the better competition in a given segment. This is the comparison for the 2022 mainstream compact SUV segment, top trim levels. So if you are checking out, for example, a CR-V Touring, a Forester Touring, and a Tucson Limited, then this comparison would be helpful for you. Spoiler alert: the Tucson did not win this competition. It fell 4 points short out of a possible 540 points. Interestingly, they called it the best ride quality of the bunch, with the lowest noise level, as well as the quickest off the line. Those are all items I care more about than the one item that they dinged it for the most - no buttons for the radio and climate controls (all capacitive touch controls). But these items have voise controls so their comment that they needed to pull over to see to make adjustments isn't really correct. I also noticed that they failed to mention some of the extra safety features it has over the competition like safe exit assist, ultrasonic rear occupant alert, and cyclist/junction turn detection. I think it very possible that they did not know about some of those features. Nevertheless, this is a helpful article and video as it gives a lot of comparison information between these models.
The Tucson and the Mazda CX-5 are both well-respected compact crossovers. AutoGuide compared the two and the Tucson squeaked out a win on the basis of a larger interior and greater utility as a result. The Tucson also offers hybrid options for better fuel ecomy whereas the CX-5 does not.
AutoGuide also compared the Tucson to the Subaru Forester. While the Forester is the better choice if you will be driving off road, they feel that the clear on-road winner is the Hyundai Tucson. The Tucson has a larger interior, and the interior is nicer with more amenities than the Forester. Plus the Tucson comes with a warranty advantage.
AutoGuide compared the Hybrid versions of the Toyota Rav4 and the Tucson. They said that there are reasons to select the Rav4 like fuel economy that is one or two miles per gallon better and an easier to learn infotainment system. But the winner here is the Tucson. The Tucson provides more interior room for people and things, has a more engaging driving experience, and even comes in at a lower cost.