- The 2014 Hyundai Tucson GLS starts at $22,305, reflecting a $1,855 price increase over the outgoing 2013 model.
- Hyundai has dropped the standard five-speed manual transmission in the base Tucson.
- The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is on sale now.
COSTA MESA, California — The 2014 Hyundai Tucson GLS starts at $22,305, including an $855 destination charge, reflecting a $1,855 price increase over the outgoing 2013 model.
Hyundai has dropped the standard five-speed manual transmission in the base Tucson. All versions of the 2014 Tucson get the six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai has also added an optional all-wheel-drive model to the base 2014 Tucson trim level. The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is on sale now.
The 2013 Hyundai Tucson GL, the previous base model, starts at $20,450, including an $855 destination charge.
The top-of-the-line 2014 Tucson Limited PZEV starts at $28,555, including shipping.
Miles Johnson, a Hyundai spokesman, told Edmunds that the GL model has been dropped from the lineup. The new mid-level 2014 model has been renamed the Tucson SE.
Engine enhancements are the big news with the 2014 Tucson.
The new 2.0-liter Nu and 2.4-liter Theta II GDI inline four-cylinder engines replace Multi Port Injection engines. The base Tucson gets slightly improved gas mileage. The 2014 Tucson 2WD model returns 23 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The city driving number is an improvement of 1 mpg over the 2013 model, while the highway number remains the same.
The refreshed 2014 Tucson also gets a retuned suspension.
Despite the price increase, the base 2014 Tucson undercuts the base 2014 Honda CR-V, one of its chief Japanese competitors. The 2014 CR-V LX starts at $23,775, including an $830 destination charge.
The 2014 Tucson also undercuts the 2014 Ford Escape, one of its chief domestic competitors. The 2014 Escape S FWD starts at $23,595, including an $895 destination charge.
Edmunds says: There is no more $20,000 Hyundai Tucson, as the brand continues its march upmarket.