As Hyundai’s products get more refined with each passing model year, Kanye West’s immortal lyrics about winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy and then commuting home from the Super Bowl in a car bearing the flying H logo become far less derogatory. Take for instance: It boasts a stylish exterior, a well-made cabin, and plenty of features, presenting an upscale, near-luxury appearance inside and out—especially the top two trims. That the Tucson undercuts its rivals by thousands of dollars is no surprise; a cornerstone of the Hyundai brand has always been its ability to offer more for less. Add to all of that the longest powertrain warranty coverage in the business, and the Tucson is one crossover that’s prepared for the long haul.
New to the Tucson lineup this year is the Sport trim, which comes with its own exclusive 181-hp 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission. There are a handful of other changes to the rest of the lineup as well, starting with a reshuffling of the trim names. Last year’s SE trim with the Popular package becomes the SEL and gains heated front seats, SiriusXM satellite radio, and HD radio compatibility. The SE Plus trim is renamed SEL Plus, and the Eco and Night trims are discontinued. SEL and Value trims receive a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the Value trim has an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The SEL Plus and Limited trims receive three free years of Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics services, and Limited models also now feature a standard heated steering wheel.
The Tucson is a great deal—it’s well equipped no matter which trim you choose and offers more features at a cheaper price than most of its rivals. The best value in the lineup comes from the aptly named Value trim, which costs ,530. Don’t confuse it with the least expensive Tucson available—that honor goes to the budget-minded SE model, which costs 00 less—but it does add a lot of luxury features, some of which you have to pay extra for on the top-spec Limited trim, including:
• Panoramic sunroof
• Hands-free power liftgate
• 19-inch wheels
• Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
Front-wheel drive is standard on all Tucson models, but all-wheel drive is available; it adds 00 to the price of any trim and also includes a windshield wiper de-icer.