What type of vehicle is the 2023 Hyundai Tucson? What does it compare to?
The Tucson five-seat crossover SUV goes up against other compact bestsellers, including the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape.
Is the 2023 Hyundai Tucson a good vehicle?
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The latest Tucson gets a TCC rating of 6.7 out of 10, due to strong tech offerings, a comfortable and spacious interior, and plenty of safety features. Holding the Tucson back is an average fuel economy score, based on the gas-powered version, and an overall four-star crash rating from NHTSA. (Learn more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2023 Hyundai Tucson?
The Tucson SEL no longer offers the Premium Package. Synthetic leather upholstery now covers the seats of the SEL (and SEL Hybrid) with the Convenience Package as well as the XRT. Finally, the 10.3-inch touchscreen is now standard on XRT, N Line and Limited models, as well as SEL Convenience, Limited Hybrids and Plug-In Hybrids.
The latest Tucson ditched the nameless shape it had worn for generations. Now it’s just kinks and creases, a radical piece of origami in a niche that veers into SUV cliches when it veers at all. The striking grille carries a puffy jacket texture and hides the LED lighting which only emerges when it shines. With sharp, chamfered sides, he crafted an 8-bit CrossFit body, with a metal flute that runs across the roofline like Oakleys worn upside down. It has our full attention on the outside, but on the inside it’s a more discreet job. A large touchscreen dominates a flat, monolithic center console covered in a glossy trim that lures fingerprints out of hiding. The cockpit’s point is its digital displays, mostly for the better – their interfaces are clean and easy to grasp.
The Tucson offers the full range of powertrains from a 2.5-liter inline-4 with 187 horsepower and an 8-speed automatic – front or all-wheel drive – to a 1. 6 liter mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. which develops 226 hp. Either way, the Tucson’s capable suspension dampens its body movements well, and its steering has quick responses, if not plenty of feel until it’s engaged in Sport mode. The best Tucson is the most expensive: the Plug-In Hybrid can go 32 miles on battery power alone from an upgraded 13.8 kWh pack, and its net 261 hp is strong and safe.
With plenty of room for four adults and around 40 cubic feet of cargo, the Tucson became a front-end rival for vehicles like the CR-V. It needs a finer quality of interior trim for a knockout: the interior’s digital displays cast a shadow over the plain plastic qualities it wears from the door caps down.
The Tucson has standard automatic emergency braking and automatic high beams; The SELs benefit from active lane control and blind spot monitors. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot steering support and a surround-view camera system are available on higher-end models. Base Tucsons have an 8.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto. Premium Bose audio and automatic climate control are available, as is a 10.3-inch touchscreen with support for wired-only smartphones.
How much does the 2023 Hyundai Tucson cost?
The Tucson is offered in four trim levels for gasoline models (SE, SEL, N-Line and Limited) and three for the Tucson Hybrid (Blue, SEL Convenience and Limited). Pricing for 2023 has not been confirmed, but will likely increase from last year’s base price of $26,135. The Tucson SEL is the best value at $27,685 in 2022 dollars, a few thousand more in hybrid spec. It is possible to spend upwards of $45,000 for a Tucson Plug-In Hybrid.
Where is the 2023 Hyundai Tucson made?
Hyundai builds gas-powered Tucsons in Montgomery, Alabama, and other versions in Ulsan, South Korea.