The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is a formidable player in the crowded compact-SUV field. It not only holds its own against older, more established names (think Honda CR-V), in many ways it sets new standards for styling, price and technology. While the Ford Escape still holds an edge in technology, the Tucson scores big in just about every other category that matters, including an amazing warranty.
You'll Like The 2014 Hyundai Tucson If...
If you like the expressive styling of a sports car but need the AWD capability and cargo-hauling space provided by a compact SUV, check out the 2014 Hyundai Tucson. Well-equipped and reasonably priced, the Tucson’s 10-year/100,000-mile warranty is just icing on the cake.
You May Not Like The 2014 Hyundai Tucson If...
If you like your cars open and airy, the Tucson’s small windows and cramped rear quarters will likely push you toward a Subaru Forester, which also gets better gas mileage. Those seeking a softer ride might find the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 a bit more accommodating.
The 2014 Hyundai Tucson adds direct-injection technology to its two engine choices. New standard features include Bluetooth, tilt/telescopic steering column and reclining rear seats. SE trims get a 4.3-inch LCD touch-screen radio with rearview camera, while Limited trims receive Blue Link telematics.
Five passengers will find convenient access to the Tucson with its wide doors and low floor height. The dashboard and interior panels, although mainly hard plastic, are nicely textured. The controls are within easy reach, feel substantial – the beveled window switches are especially nice – and operate smoothly. Drivers will appreciate the nicely shaped (and almost supportive) 6-way adjustable seat. Second-row passengers may feel a bit claustrophobic due to the low seat cushion height, sloping roof and high beltline. The rear 60/40-split seatbacks now recline, making it easier to get comfortable.
What distinguishes the 2014 Hyundai Tucson from the competition is its European sculpted styling. Although the Tucson is a utility vehicle, its shape is not boxy, but rather fresh and athletic. Up front, the Hyundai SUV sports a sculpted hood, aggressive 2-tier grille and wraparound headlights. From the side, the vehicle’s aerodynamic shape includes a steeply raked windshield and sloping roofline with rear spoiler. On SE and Limited models, the silver roof rails do double duty: They help accentuate the flowing lines of the vehicle and also carry cargo.
Responsive handling and a firm suspension make the 2014 Hyundai Tucson a pleasure when driving aggressively on all types of roads. In small spaces, the Tucson’s compact size and tight turning radius make it easy to maneuver, although the narrow rear quarter windows create noticeable blind spots when changing lanes. Acceleration is best with the 2.4-liter engine that delivers power on par with the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, but lags a bit behind the Subaru Forester XT and VW Tiguan. We found the Tucson’s 6-speed automatic shifted smoothly and was fairly responsive to manual input. The Tucson’s engines are not the quietest we’ve tested and can become downright rude under hard acceleration. Ride comfort is another area where the Tucson takes a backseat to the CR-V and Forester, which both offer a less jarring response to rough-road conditions.
The 2014 Hyundai Tucson GLS has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $21,000. AWD pushes the price to just under $23,000. A fully equipped AWD Limited tops out just over $30,000. Similarly equipped competitors such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 not only cost more than the Tucson, but they do not have Hyundai’s longer warranties. The Tucson excels in the area of resale, beating out historical favorites like the Escape and RAV4. A look at the Fair Purchase Price on KBB.com shows what others are paying for the 2014 Hyundai Tucson in your area, so be sure to check it out before you buy.
The 2014 Hyundai Tucson GLS includes air conditioning, power windows and door locks, keyless entry, Bluetooth, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise-control buttons, 17-inch wheels, three 12-volt outlets for all your electronics, and iPod/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks. Moving up to the SE adds the 2.4-liter engine, roof rails, heated front seats, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, fog lights, rearview camera and a power driver’s seat. The top-of-the-line Limited brings 18-inch alloy wheels, Blue Link, leather seating, proximity key with push-button start and automatic dual temperature controls. All Tucsons have a safety/security roster that includes downhill brake control and hill-start assist.
Few options are available as all Hyundai Tucsons come generously equipped. All-wheel drive is an option on all trims, providing extra security on wet roads. The Tucson SUV, however, is not meant for serious off-roading. The Technology Package on the high-line Limited includes a panoramic sunroof, navigation system, rearview camera and premium audio system for the driver who wants it all.
VALUE FOR THE MONEY
Hyundai continues its “value-pricing” philosophy with the 2014 Hyundai Tucson, offering well-equipped vehicles for less money than the competition, as well as an ability to maintain its value over time.
The 2014 Tucson's sculpted exterior shape still looks fresh after three years on the market and stands out among the crowd.
Under the Hood
The 2014 Hyundai Tucson offers two 4-cylinder engine choices: a 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter equipped with GDI (gasoline direct injection) technology. The 2.4-liter engine can be ordered as a PZEV or Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle, but it comes with a slight reduction in horsepower and torque. A 6-speed automatic is standard on all trims and all trims can be equipped with a part-time AWD system.
164 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
151 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/29 mpg (FWD), 21/25 mpg (AWD)
182 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
180 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (PZEV)
177 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
176 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (PZEV)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28 mpg (FWD), 20/25 mpg (AWD)
The Hyundai Tucson compact crossover SUV for 2014 stacks up admirably when compared to such well-established names as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. To compete, Hyundai equips the Tucson with cutting-edge engine technology, stand-out styling and a long list of standard and available equipment. It does all this with an impressively competitive window sticker and an unrivaled 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. You can choose front-wheel drive (FWD) or opt for a part-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Strong resale values also help make the Tucson a viable option, but its smaller cargo area and somewhat firm ride might be two areas worth exploring before you sign on the dotted line.