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2015 Hyundai Tucson

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/18/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson adds standard LED taillights on the Limited grade and an available Popular Equipment Package on the GLS trim.

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Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson is a crossover with seating for up to five passengers and sold in three grades. It is available with two engine choices and front- or all-wheel drive. A Fuel Cell model is also available in Southern California, with a range of up to 265 miles per tank.

Overview

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson come with a 2.0-liter I-4 with 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque or a 2.4-liter rated at 182 hp and 177 lb-ft paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The larger engine is the pick between the two because it achieves nearly the same gas mileage as the smaller 2.0-liter, at 21/28 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 20/25 mpg with all-wheel drive. In comparison, the smaller engine is rated at 23/29 mpg in front-drive variants while opting for all-wheel drive drops those numbers down to 21/25 mpg. Acceleration is mid-pack for the class and doesn't force the driver to plan ahead when overtaking or merging into traffic. Handling is decent but not confidence-inspiring compared to competitors like the Mazda CX-5 and the Ford Escape.

Interior space in the 2015 Tucson is good for passengers and up to 55.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. Tech and convenience features such as Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system, a navigation system with a seven-inch touchscreen, and satellite radio are also available. Opting for the Limited trim makes the crossover feel more premium with heated leather seats, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob in black and saddle brown colors. Its exterior styling, on the other hand, is need of an update to put it in-line with the rest of Hyundai's lineup.

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

The Hyundai Tucson remains a viable choice among five-passenger compact crossovers, offering good value with its $22,525 starting price (including destination),and well-appointed cabin. In a 2014 First Test, we said that the interior is "well-laid out and comfortable" even for six-foot passengers. Limited grade crossovers, in particular, have a "premium look and feel" with its black and brown two tone interior scheme. Where the Tucson falters is driving dynamics with adequate acceleration that's "strong enough" for merging and pulling into traffic. Its handling, on the other hand, doesn't inspire the same levels of confidence as some of its competitors. For daily driving however, the Tucson "felt solid and rode comfortably," making it ideal for commuting.

You'll Like

  • Well-appointed interior
  • Good value
  • Solid and comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • Doesn't inspire confidence
  • Mid-pack acceleration
  • Dated styling

Key Competitors

  • Toyota RAV4
  • Honda CR-V
  • Subaru Forester
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Ford Escape

Rating

3 star

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