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2014 Hyundai Tucson

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/30/2014 Jason Udy

Vehicle Overview

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson has been mildly refreshed with new direct-injection 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter I-4 engines -- the compact crossover was last fully redesigned for the 2010 model year. The 2.0-liter engine produces 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, while the 2.4-liter I-4 makes 182 hp and 180 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and are available in front- or all-wheel drive. The front-drive 2014 Tucson with the 2.0-liter engine is EPA-rated 23/29 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel-drive models are rated 21/25 mpg. Fuel economy ratings for the 2.4-liter engine are 21/28 mpg and 20/25 mpg for front-drive and all-wheel-drive models, respectively.

We were impressed with the 2010 Hyundai Tucson GLS FWD in our First Test before the 2014 model's engine updates: "The Theta II 2.4L four-cylinder diverted all 176 hp/168 lb-ft to the front wheels with surprising haste during our demanding driving. We recorded a naught-to-60-mph sprint in 8.2 sec, more than a second quicker than the CR-V AWD (9.5 sec). The Hyundai also achieved our figure eight at 28.6 sec at a 0.57 g average (versus the Honda's 29.1 sec at a 0.54 g average) and hit the skidpad with a 0.77 g average (0.76 g). We're thinking the CUV's relatively light 3203-lb curb weight helped out its performance causes."

In a 2010 comparison test involving four compact crossovers, the Hyundai Tucson finished second, ahead of the GMC Terrain and Subaru Forester, but behind the Honda CR-V. The Tucson was knocked down for its "stiff ride and spotty steering handicap an otherwise quick, agile, and choice CUV."

Although the Tucson didn’t win our comparison, we added a 2010 Tucson Limited AWD to our long-term fleet: "First impressions backed up our earlier comparo buzz; at under $30K all up, the Tucson Limited sports all the luxuries to take the edge off a long tour (we put on nearly 1000 miles in two days), and it's generally a very agreeable cruiser. The electronically controlled AWD system isn't bred to brave obstacles and terrain a Land Rover easily surmounts (also, max ground clearance is just 6.7 inches), but with stability and traction-control systems, plus downhill brake control and hill-start assist, it feels capable and secure scouring medium-spec off-road grades and mountain passes." In our 2010 Hyundai Tucson verdict we concluded: "Inevitably, some of the initial buzz did wear off. Minor, unidentified creaks became background noise, and we accepted other foibles like navigation screen glare because the Tucson offered so much for so little. Even if we weren't chasing the world's next epic adventure, we were glad the 'ute was always ready to go. And that's buzzworthy in itself."

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson gains new direct-injected engines with all-wheel drive now available with the base 2.0-liter I-4. Hyundai's Blue Link and Hyundai Assurance Connected Care are now standard on the 2014 Tucson Limited. The 2014 Hyundai Tucson crossover has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.

New for 2014

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson receives new direct-injected engines with more power and increased fuel economy. All-wheel drive is now available on the base 2.0-liter I-4. SACHS amplitude selective dampers are now standard. Hyundai's Blue Link and Hyundai Assurance Connected Care are now standard on the 2014 Tucson Limited. A 4.3-inch color LCD touch-screen audio system with rearview camera is available. A tilt and telescoping steering wheel and steering-wheel mounted audio and cruise controls are standard. New interior colors include beige and brown. The exterior gains projector headlights with LED accents up front and LED taillights around back.


You'll Like

  • Value
  • Unique styling
  • AWD capability

You Won't Like

  • Fuel mileage
  • Steering and ride

Key Competitors

  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Ford Escape
  • Kia Sportage
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Toyota RAV4

Sum Up

3 star Refreshed CUV targets greater exposure

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