STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - Hyundai performed a mid-cycle refresh of its popular compact wagon for 2019, giving it a restyled nose and grille that differ only slightly from the previous front end. The interior was basically unaltered, other than a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen. The most significant change occurred beneath the hood, where the optional turbocharged 175-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine was replaced by a new 181-horsepower 2.4-liter non-turbo four-cylinder. Remaining as the base engine is a 164-horspower 2.0-liter. All-wheel-drive is optional with either powerplant and has a control switch to lock the torque split equally between the front and rear wheels for increased traction on rough terrain. The AWD can also direct extra torque to the outside rear wheel when the Tucson is turning, while at the same time applying light braking to the inside rear wheel. This "torque vectoring" makes for easier and more stable cornering. Forward-collision avoidance and lane-keeping assist are standard for all models, while active cruise control and pedestrian detection are optional.
Base price (including destination): $24,450
Type: Compact utility vehicle
Engines (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4 (164); 2.4-liter I-4 (181)
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 23/30/26 (2.0)
Base weight (lb.): 3,300