The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is a compact and unique crossover that lives up to the quality of its predecessors thanks to its excellent handling and peculiar appearance. It comes with all new direct-injection engines and plenty of interior space.
Wisely avoiding traditional SUV design, the 2014 Hyundai Tucson is a compact and unique crossover that manages to stand out from the crowd thanks to its peculiar appearance and a wide array of special features. Unfortunately, it’s not Hyundai’s jack-of-all-trades crossover since that role belongs to the brand’s larger and more affordable crossover, the Santa Fe. As a result, the Hyundai Tucson caters toward a more specific kind of driver, offering a much tidier and sportier feel than majority of vehicles in its class.
For the most part, the peculiarity of its appearance is a good thing because it sets it apart from its rivals. The first thing you will notice is how curvaceous it is in comparison to other crossovers. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a single straight line in its exterior design.
The 2014 Tucson’s look doesn’t stray too far from that of its predecessor, but that shouldn’t matter – because it still looks fresh. So, as a result, Hyundai didn’t make any sheet metal changes whatsoever. However, it did add LED tail lamps and new projector head lamps with LED accents, which endow the car with a much more modern look. Some models also feature a panoramic sunroof with roof side rails, giving the 2014 Tucson an even more upscale appearance. On the inside, however, the car is a bit less outstanding, though it does offer the same level of quality as all the other current Hyundai releases.
In terms of performance, this year’s Hyundai Tucson comes with all new direct-injection engines and new Sachs dual-path dampers. These are the same size as those offered last year, but they offer a little more torque and better fuel efficiency.
The 2014 Tucson also comes with plenty of special features, though it no longer stands out as much as it used to. One of the reasons why the Hyundai Tucson used to sell so well was because it offered more features than most cars in its class – but for much less money. This model comes with many features for a very reasonable price as well, but Hyundai is no longer at the top of its game in this particular area.
Overall, the 2014 Hyundai Tucson is a quality crossover that delivers plenty of power and charm to impress many of its potential buyers. And with the price range of $21,499 to $33,599, this crossover is well worth the money.
The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is a unique-looking and compact crossover that wisely avoids the cliché appearance of your traditional SUV. In other words, don’t expect this car to be rugged and outdoorsy because it’s not. In fact, it’s incredibly curvaceous, with hardly any straight lines in its design, except maybe in its silhouette. Unfortunately, it gets a little too thick at the rear for its own good, but thanks to a set of angular taillights, it doesn’t look too bad.
Hyundai has given this year’s model a more modern look by installing LED tail lamps and projector head lamps with LED accents, despite the fact that there are no sheet metal alterations. This model also features a set of new 17- and 18-inch wheel designs, which give it a slightly freshened appearance. Other than that, there are no real changes.
On the inside, the look of the car isn’t quite as appealing or unique, but it’s still very attractive. The center stack features a large LCD screen and a set of vertical blades of trim that cut into bands of black plastic. Everything looks slick and stylish, but there are plenty of vehicles in its class that look even better in this area.
|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:||The 2014 Hyundai Tucson features the 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre in-line four-cylinder engines, both of which are new, and include direct injection, which raises torque and provides extra fuel economy. The base 2.0-litre engine produces 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque, while the 2.4-litre engine offers 183 horsepower and 177 lb-ft.
Unfortunately, the 2014 model does not come with a manual gearbox, instead featuring only a six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual controls. There’s also a choice between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive in all the models of this lineup.
In terms of fuel economy, the 2014 Tucson is very decent and most definitely an improvement over the last year’s model. The front-wheel model with the 2.0-litre engine has received the rating of 10.2 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway, while the 2.4-litre engine has scored 11.2L/100km city and 8.4L/100km hwy. For the all-wheel drive, those numbers go up to 11.2L/100km city/9.4L/100km hwy and 11.7L/100km city/9.4L/100km hwy respectively.
In terms of handling and ride, this year’s model feels like an improvement over the previous ones since the Hyundai Tucson has never really shined in this area anyway. Thanks to new standard Sachs amplitude selective dampers, the ride quality is much, much better than before, while handling is just as adequate, if not more so.
|Interiors and Special Features:||The cabin of the 2014 Hyundai Tucson comes with a set of new standard features like the artificial leather trim on the door panels in all models. That said, seat upholstery is exactly the same as before, with cloth in the base model, a mixture of cloth and leatherette in the mid-level model and leather for the limited trim.
On top of that, Hyundai offers a technology package that comes with LED rear lamps, a panoramic sunroof, a seven-inch touchscreen navigation system with traffic updates and a premium stereo. As for the infotainment system, it’s good at detecting pre-programmed points of interest and intersections, but more obscure locations can be a bit problematic.
|Safety features:||The 2014 Hyundai Tucson comes with many standard safety features, such as stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, active front head restraints and six airbags. The Limited models also feature Hyundai’s BlueLink telematics, which provide emergency assistance and stolen vehicle recovery.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested the vehicle and given it a “good” rating in all areas except for one – the small overlap frontal test – where it received a “poor” rating.
|Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front, USB and ipod front|
|Audio system with AM/FM radio, CD player (reads MP3 format)|
|Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted|
|Underbody protection for engine|
|4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)|
|Brake assist system|
|Electronic brake distribution|
|Painted front and rear bumpers|
|Load restraint: hooks|
|Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,760.00|
|Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00|
|Front reading lights|
|Cargo area light|
|Driver and passenger vanity mirror|
|Voice activating system; includes phone|
|Cigar lighter in front seats|
|4 passenger assist handles|
|Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming|
|Front and rear ashtray|
|2 12V in front, 1 12V in cargo area|
|External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,400, overall width (mm): 1,820, overall height (mm): 1,655, ground clearance (mm): 170, wheelbase (mm): 2,640, front track (mm): 1,585, rear track (mm): 1,586 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 10,580|
|4X4 specifics: approach angle (degrees): 28.1 and departure angle (degrees): 26.9|
|Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 1,580 and all seats in place: 728|
|Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,000, rear headroom (mm): 994, front hip room (mm): 1,410, rear hip room (mm): 1,367, front leg room (mm): 1,336, rear leg room (mm): 982, front shoulder room (mm): 1,450 and rear shoulder room (mm): 1,400|
|Body colour exterior door handles|
|Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged|
|Rear door: lifting gate|
|Engine: 2.0L Nu in-line four-cylinder DOHC with VVT|
|Emissions data: CO2: 4,195 kg/yr|
|Power: 165 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 151 ft lb of torque @ 4,600 rpm|
|Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 10.0 ; highway= 7.2 ; combined= 8.7 ;|
|Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane)|
|Fuel tank: 58 litre capacity|
|Fuel system: gasoline direct injection|
|Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range|
|Main dashboard display|
|Floor covering: carpet in passenger compartment and carpet in load area|
|Luxury trim: alloy look on dashboard|
|Carpet floor mats|
|Headlights: halogen with projector beam lens|
|LED day time running lights|
|Daytime running lights|
|Remote keyless power locks|
|Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger|
|Front to rear curtain airbags|
|2 active height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats|
|Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag|
|Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center|
|Front side airbags|
|Front driver seat : heated, bucket ; details: manual height and manual tilt, front passenger seat : heated, bucket|
|Front seat center armrest|
|Seating: 5 passengers|
|Rear seats: split-folding bench with seating for three ; details: manual recline|
|Seat upholstery: cloth|
|Rear seat center armrest|
|Main service variable distance/period|
|Intermediate service 6,000, variable distance/period and 3,728|
|Multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment|
|Vehicle speed proportional power steering type|
|Full floor console with covered storage|
|Cupholders in front row and rear seats|
|Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs|
|Electronic Stability Control (ESC) stability control|
|Transmission: 6-speed manual ; incl. shifter on floor|
|4.533:1 axle ratio|
|Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)|
|Roll stability control|
|Front-wheel drive with descent control|
|Ventilation system with cabin filter|
|Trim level: GL|
|Powertrain type : combustion|
|Rear window with defroster and intermittent wiper|
|Front power windows with 1 express, rear power windows|
|Windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe|
|Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, black, power adjustable|
|Driver and passenger fixed 3rd row windows|
|Zone tinted windshield|
|Rear view mirror|
|Rear side windows: wind-up on driver side and passenger side|
|Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km|
|Roadside assistance warranty: 36 months/ Unlimited km|
|Paint warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km|
|Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Weights: gross vehicle weight (kg): 2,040, published curb weight (kg): 1,443, gross trailer weight braked (kg): 907, gross trailer weight unbraked (kg): 454, payload allowance (kg): 597 and Manufacturer’s own|
|Front and rear all-season tires 225/60/H includes: low rolling resistance|
|Front and rear steel wheels: 17"x 6.5"|
|Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim|