There are many things to be like from the 2018 Hyundai Tucson. The most important is the value. You get a lot of features in Tucson. Heated front seats, power driver seats, and 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard except trim bases. The Highest Trim Limited includes features such as LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, ventilated seating, leather seats, and navigation systems, all at a price lower than you pay for a comparable crossover.
Another advantage from the 2018 Hyundai Tucson is the cabin. Despite not having as much cargo capacity as the Honda CR-V or other more family-focused SUVs, it has ample backroom for adults. Tucson is more suitable for single or young couples looking for small SUVs. It can also be a good choice for those who are on the edge of the child-raising year.
On the negative side, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson slightly fell short on “go the extra mile”. It’s a bit flat to drive, especially with a base engine, and the interior design is not as luxurious as some rivals. But overall, the Tucson is a solid choice for small crossover SUV.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV offered in five trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Value and Limited.
The base Tucson SE standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a windshield wiper de-icer, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, privacy glass, an integrated blind-spot mirror, a rearview camera, stain-resistant cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding back seat, a 5-inch touchscreen, one USB port, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player.
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson SEL adds foglights, LED running lights, roof rails, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver seat, a 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. The SEL Plus adds keyless ignition and entry, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, upgraded door trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sliding front center armrest, a power-adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, integrated navigation, an 8-inch touchscreen, Hyundai Blue Link connected services and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system.
The Value adds 19-inch wheels, unique exterior trim, a hands-free liftgate and a panoramic sunroof. However, it does not include the Infinity sound system, integrated navigation system or power passenger seat and reverts to the stain-resistant cloth upholstery and a 7-inch touchscreen.
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson Limited gets all above features along with chrome exterior trim, LED headlights and taillights, leather upholstery and the 8-inch touchscreen.
The Tucson factory options are included in the Limited Ultimate package, which adds the panoramic sunroof, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive xenon headlights, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and an upgraded driver information display.
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson has two different engines and equipped with either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Standard on the SE, SEL and SEL Plus is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. EPA estimated fuel economy at 26 mpg combined (23 city/30 highway) with FWD and 23 mpg combined (21 city/26 highway) with AWD.
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson Value and Limited trims get a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that generates 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission that works just like a regular automatic. In performance testing, an FWD Tucson Limited accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, which is respectably quick for this class. EPA estimated fuel economy at 27 mpg combined (25 city/30 highway) with FWD and 25 mpg combined (24 city/28 highway) with AWD.
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson interior has a better look than before, with a modern dashboard design and well-organized controls. The material is not very good, because the hard plastic surface remains the norm. But it’s not for Limited, which gets a trim upgrade that includes a padded dashboard and door inserts with stitching accents. In addition, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson has plenty of useful storage places, especially for front passengers.
The front seat comfort is quite satisfactory, and it should be noted that the 2018 Hyundai Tucson stands apart from other compact crossovers by offering power passenger seat. But the rear seats not slide forward and backward, which are missed opportunities in this segment, but mounted higher than before and now 6-foot passengers can sit without problems.
The cargo space also increased. With 31 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 61.9 cubes with folded rear seats, which are quite close to the CR-V. The good thing is the handsfree liftgate comes standard on the Value and Limited trim. This feature uses a proximity sensor that opens the liftgate automatically if you are around with a key in your pocket.