2017 Hyundai Tucson
- Turbocharged engine delivers peppy acceleration and good fuel economy
- Plenty of advanced safety and infotainment features are available
- Comfortable ride on rough roads
- Top safety scores
- Slow acceleration from the base trim's engine
- Clumsy low-speed shifting from the turbo engine's transmission
- Certain desirable items are offered only on the Limited
- Less total cargo space than top rivals
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Edmunds' Expert Review
It's easy to understand the appeal of today's small crossover SUVs. These vehicles offer the admirable fuel economy and easy-to-drive demeanor you'd get from a similarly sized sedan but also have abundant cargo space and the availability of all-wheel drive to help out in wet conditions. The 2017 Hyundai Tucson is one of the small crossovers out there vying for your attention and has a number of traits that place it high on our list of recommended models.
Redesigned just last year, the Tucson grew in size and gained sharp, new styling and lots of modern technology. These upgrades, along with the new turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, made the Tucson much more competitive. With even more creature comforts and tech added this year, owning a Tuscon is even better. It's also worth mentioning that the Tucson, with its optional crash-avoidance technology fitted, received the highest possible safety ratings from both the government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Of course, the Tucson is one of many available options for a small crossover SUV. Three of the Tucson's chief rivals are the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4. They are all a bit roomier inside while offering excellent interior design and impressive fuel economy. Other options we recommend are the sporty Ford Escape and Kia Sportage, which offer similar equipment levels along with competitive pricing. And if you want a slightly smaller crossover, check out the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. But overall, we like the stylish Tucson and see it as an ideal pick for a lot of crossover SUV shoppers.
Standard safety items on the 2017 Hyundai Tucson include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, hill-hold assist and hill descent control.
In Edmunds brake testing, a FWD Tucson came to a stop from 60 mph in 121 feet, an average stopping distance for a compact crossover.
All trims provide a rearview camera as standard, while the SE Plus and Sport get standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited features all of those items, plus a couple optional items via the Ultimate package (lane departure warning and a forward collision warning and mitigation system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection).
The Blue Link telematics suite is standard on the Limited but unavailable on the other trims. It includes emergency safety assistance and other smartphone-based features via the Blue Link mobile app. If you upgrade to the Remote package, you also get stolen vehicle recovery, a car finder and electronic parameter settings (geo-fencing, speed/curfew alerts and valet alert) and remote ignition and accessory operation via a smartphone or even smartwatch.
In government crash tests, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson received five stars (out of a possible five) for overall crash protection, as well as five stars in front and side crash protection. Both the all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive versions of the Tucson received those top scores.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Tucson its top score of Good in the small-overlap front-impact, moderate-overlap front-impact and side-impact crash tests. The Tucson also received the top score of Good in the IIHS' roof strength and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests, plus the highest rating of Superior for the car's optional forward collision mitigation system.
2017 Hyundai Tucson configurations
The 2017 Hyundai Tucson is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV offered in six trim levels: SE, SE Plus, Eco, Sport, Night and Limited.
The base SE comes standard with a 2.0-liter engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, air-conditioning, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks with recline, Bluetooth connectivity, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 5-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack and satellite radio. The optional Popular package adds a few extras including a power driver seat, LED headlight accents and daytime running lights.
The Eco has the above but essentially swaps out the 2.0-liter engine for a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine.
Step up to the Sport and you get 19-inch wheels, a hands-free power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded interior trim with additional soft-touch surfaces and a few upgraded safety technologies (see Safety section).
The new Night trim level primarily includes visual upgrades to the Sport, including black 19-inch wheels, black side mirrors and matte black side sills. It also comes with the panoramic sunroof, aluminum sport pedals and a sportier-looking, perforated-leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The SE Plus (2.0-liter engine) and Limited (1.6-liter engine) throws in LED headlights and taillights, leather upholstery, an eight-way power passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, HD radio and an eight-speaker audio system.
Offered exclusively on the Limited is an Ultimate package that includes adaptive xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded gauge cluster display, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, lane departure warning, and a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking.
The 2017 Hyundai Tucson SE and SE Plus are equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). EPA-estimated fuel economy is 26 mpg combined (23 city/30 highway) with FWD and 23 mpg combined (21 city/26 highway) with AWD.
All other Tucson trim levels (Eco, Sport, Night and Limited) are powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that generates 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The 1.6-liter engine is paired to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission that works like a regular automatic. In Edmunds performance testing, a FWD Tucson Limited made the sprint from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, which is respectably quick for this class of vehicle.
As for fuel economy, the Eco checks in at 28 mpg combined (26 city/32 highway) with FWD and 27 mpg combined (25 city/30 highway) with AWD. The bigger wheels and tires on the Sport and Limited knock those estimates down to 27 mpg combined (25 city/30 highway) with FWD and 25 mpg combined (24 city/28 highway) with AWD. Most other top small crossovers post similar fuel economy estimates.
f you decide to buy a Tucson, we recommend going with the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. Yes, the price is lower on the 2.0-liter equipped trims, but the larger engine is less refined and just doesn't feel powerful enough for a vehicle of this size. The smaller turbocharged engine is peppy, smooth and respectably fuel-efficient. You might notice some rough upshifts from its transmission or even some hesitation when moving from a stop, though.
The 2017 Hyundai Tucson's ride quality strikes a good balance between sporty and comfortable. It's composed and somewhat enjoyable around corners, but it's also relatively quiet and smooth over bumpy city roads. The base and Eco predictably have a more composed ride with their 17-inch wheels, but the 19-inch wheels (standard on Sport, Night and Limited) are totally livable too. And though it might not be able to fit as much cargo as some of its compact rivals, the Tucson is small enough on the outside that it's a breeze to park and maneuver in tight spaces.
On the inside, Hyundai has given the 2017 Tucson a simple and generally attractive look. The dashboard design is logical with all the basic controls within arm's reach. Materials quality isn't quite the same story, though, with a lot of hard plastics in the cabin, especially on the base trim. If you upgrade to the Limited trim level, you'll get a lot more in the way of interior livability with a padded dashboard and door inserts with accents.
Also available on the Limited and SE Plus trims is the 8-inch touchscreen. It's more capable and better looking than the standard 5-inch display, but both systems are user-friendly thanks to readily accessible virtual buttons and an intuitive layout. Unfortunately, only these two trims offer the 8-inch screen or the optional eight-speaker stereo. On the bright side, USB connectivity, Bluetooth and satellite radio come standard on every Tucson, so there's no shortage of musical fun to be had.
The front seats are comfortable, and the Tucson is distinctive in its availability of a power front passenger seat (Limited and SE Plus only). The rear seat doesn't slide fore and aft, which strikes us as a missed opportunity in this segment, but can now accommodate a couple of 6-footers without issue.
On the spec sheet, the Tucson posts up to 31 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seatbacks and 61.9 cubes with those seatbacks folded down, which is less than some other top crossovers (the CR-V is at 35.2 and 70.9 cubes, respectively). Sweetening the deal is the hands-free power liftgate that comes standard on the Sport and Limited. Unlike the Ford Escape's version of this technology, which works via a foot sensor that you need to kick at, the Tucson employs a proximity sensor that opens the liftgate automatically if it senses you're standing in the vicinity with the key in your pocket. In any event, the Tucson has plenty of storage nooks for your stuff, particularly for front passengers.
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2017 Hyundai Tucson video
JOSH SADLIER: This is automotive editor Josh Sadlier with an Edmunds Expert rundown. Of the 2017 Hyundai Tucson. The Tucson is a small crossover from Hyundai. And like a lot of other Hyundais these days, it looks great. Looks more expensive than it is, you might say. We love the turbocharge engine. Love might be too strong a word. We like the turbo engine. Delivers decent acceleration and pretty good fuel economy too. What we don't like is the base 2-liter, four-cylinder, no turbo, no power. Definitely one to avoid. One thing to keep in mind with the Tucson is that certain desirable features are only available on the top Limited trim level. So if you're looking for something in the middle of the range, might find a few things to be absent. But overall, you get a decent amount of features for your money. And just look at it. It's beautiful. Inside, the Tucson's just average, we'd say, for this class. The cargo space is a notch down from segment leaders. And as you can see, that back seat's a little tight. If you're looking for a crossover with back seat space for taller people, the Tucson might not be your first pick. Up front, the design's a little more conservative on the dashboard than you might expect, given the exterior. But you have all the expected features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on higher trims for 2017. The Tucson sits mid-pack in its class. If you're just looking for design, it might be number one. But the bottom line is that there's a lot of appealing alternatives in this segment, starting with the redesigned Honda CR-V and extending to our personal favorite, the Mazda CX-5. For more Edmunds Expert Rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
2017 Hyundai Tucson Expert Rundown
Looking for a great SUV with a turbocharged engine that delivers peppy acceleration and good fuel economy? The 2017 Hyundai Tucson might be a good fit. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
Features & Specs
Hyundai likes to name its crossovers after cities in the American Southwest. So here's the 2017 Hyundai Tucson, which is little brother to the slightly larger Santa Fe Sport and the larger still Santa Fe. It's a mainstream player in the increasingly mainstream compact crossover SUV market segment.
For those unsure of exactly what a crossover is, the Tucson is a perfect example of the species. It's a vehicle that looks like an SUV in form, but is built more like a car. That means a unified body structure instead of a separate frame, a transverse-mounted engine powering only the front wheels with all-wheel drive as an option and a supple and nimble independent suspension. What carries over from truck-based SUVs is that crossovers are larger and more flexible in their use of space. In sum, a crossover is an SUV that's as comfortable as a car. And crossovers are the most popular transportation of choice as the 21st century marches on.
Hyundai redesigned the Tucson last year so there's not much that's new about the vehicle for 2017. That noted, the 2016 redesign saw the Tucson grow in size and in the attractiveness of its tailoring. And like so many other vehicles, it's now available loaded to the gills with technology, including an advanced crash-avoidance system, to keep the driver from doing anything stupid. So it's no wonder the Tucson gets the very highest safety ratings from the United States government and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Almost unique in this crossover size class, the Tucson is available with two distinct four-cylinder engines. Both use Hyundai's Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) system, but the SE model's standard 2.0-liter engine is naturally aspirated and rated at 164 horsepower. The ritzier Eco, Sport and Limited models are all powered by a still fresh 1.6-liter engine that, thanks to turbocharging, is rated at 175 hp. The SE comes with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission while the other three models use an advanced dual-clutch seven-speed automatic.
It's no surprise the best fuel economy is available in the front-drive Eco model with the turbo engine. That one rates out at 28 mpg combined (26 city/32 highway). The worst mileage is in the SE with all-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter engine. That one comes in at 23 mpg combined (21 city/26 highway).
The small crossover segment seems to get a new entrant every month. To sort them all out and find the best one for you, use every tool here at Edmunds. And then let us help you find the best 2017 Hyundai Tucson from a great dealer.
2017 Hyundai Tucson Overview
The 2017 Hyundai Tucson is offered in the following submodels: Tucson SUV. Available styles include SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Eco 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Eco 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Value 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Value 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), SE Plus 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SE Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Night 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), and Night 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM).
What do people think of the 2017 Hyundai Tucson?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Hyundai Tucson and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Tucson 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Tucson.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Our Review Process
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2017 Hyundai Tucson SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
The 2017 Hyundai Tucson SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,395. The average price paid for a new 2017 Hyundai Tucson SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,390 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2017 Hyundai Tucson SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is5.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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