2020 Hyundai Tucson

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$23,350 - $34,645
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2020 Hyundai Tucson Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 24, 2020
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The land down under would be surprised if a mammoth size SUV can feel tremendous behind the wheels with almost nil body roll. The 2020 Hyundai Tucson is a great example of one such SUV. Been in the market for quite some time now, the 2020 Tucson can perform your daily driver habits with precision. Although you may need a few more visits to the fuel station, good cargo space and amazing comfort in the cabin make the Tucson a lucrative offering in the market. 

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Pros

Pleasing design aesthetics

Intuitive dashboard

Feature-rich cabin

Brilliant drive quality

Cons

Slow acceleration

Bad fuel economy

Not so generous cargo space

What's New?

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob now come as standard in sport trims

Revamped available colours


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23350

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

164 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

150 lbs.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

176.2 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

65 in.

curb weight

3300 lbs.

ground clearance

6.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

61.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1286 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/25/28 mpg

ev range

377.2 mi.

highway range

459.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

12 yr. / 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / unlimited


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Hyundai Tucson in Aqua Blue color  2020 Hyundai Tucson in Black Noir Pearl color  2020 Hyundai Tucson in Dusk Blue color  2020 Hyundai Tucson in Gemstone Red color  2020 Hyundai Tucson in Sage Brown color
Aqua Blue

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.1

Exterior

0.2

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Hyundai Tucson SE

SE

power
161 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$23,350 - $24,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $23,350 MSRP (23/25/28) 161 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,750 MSRP (22/23/25) 161 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Hyundai Tucson Value

Value

power
161 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$24,800 - $26,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Value 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,800 MSRP (23/25/28) 161 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Value 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,200 MSRP (22/23/25) 161 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Hyundai Tucson SEL

SEL

power
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$25,750 - $27,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,750 MSRP (22/25/28) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,150 MSRP (21/23/26) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Hyundai Tucson Sport

Sport

power
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$27,900 - $29,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,900 MSRP (22/25/28) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $29,300 MSRP (21/23/26) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Hyundai Tucson Limited

Limited

power
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$29,050 - $30,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $29,050 MSRP (22/25/28) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,450 MSRP (21/23/26) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Hyundai Tucson Night

Night

power
181 hp @ 6,000 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
24 combined

$31,645 - $34,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Night 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $31,645 MSRP (21/23/26) 181 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4,
6-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5
Night 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $34,645 MSRP (22/24/28) 181 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4,
6-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate

Ultimate

power
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$31,700 - $33,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Ultimate 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $31,700 MSRP (22/25/28) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $33,100 MSRP (21/23/26) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.6

Overall Rating


Inspired by the Santa Fe design the 2020 Hyundai Tucson exudes not only beauty but performance as well. There is not much pomp and gaiety to talk about the car but it covers all the basics and does it in a very organized way. The Korean carmakers have offered numerous tech features to make you feel connected while you are on an adventure. There are two engine options to choose from.

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Front View
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.1/10
Interior

 

0.2/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Hyundai Tucson Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Hyundai Tucson is offered to patrons in six trim levels: the SE, Value, SEL, Sport, Limited, and Ultimate. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 161 hp and 150 lb-ft, commands the lower trim levels. From the SEL upwards, the SUV is hauled along by a 2.4-liter inline-four that generates 181 hp and 175 lb-ft.  

Trims

SE

SEL

SEL PLUS

VALUE

LIMITED

MSRP

(FWD)

$22,550

$23,800

$26,700

$26,550

$29,425

MSRP

(AWD)

$23,950

$25,200

$28,100

$27,950

$30,825

Key Features

Automatic projector headlights.

SE+

 

LED accents and LED Daytime Running Lights

SEL+

 

LED approach lights (front door handles).

SEL+

 

Panoramic sunroof (one-touch open and rear shade).



 

VALUE+

 

LED headlights.

HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light

(Optional).

 

Roof-mounted Center High-Mount Stop Light (CHMSL).

Front fog lights.

8-way power driver seat

Side mirrors with turn-signal indicators.

Premium Audio System.

 

Clari-Fi Music Restoration

8-way power passenger seat

 

Heated side mirrors.

Power lumbar support.

Shark-fin roof antenna.


 

Technology, external amp and 8 speakers (2 front-door-mounted speakers,

2 tweeters, 2 rear speakers, center front, subwoofer) (no CD player).

Premium instrument panel.

Ventilated front seats.

 

Cloth seating surfaces.

Heated front seats (3-steps).

Leather seating surfaces.

 

8-inch color touchscreen with navigation and Infinity Premium Audio System

 

YES, Essentials cloth (Beige and Gray only).

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay.

8-inch color touchscreen with navigation and Infinity

   
 

6-way adjustable driver seat.

HD Radio/Sirius Satellite Radio

Blue LinkConnected Car System.

   
 

Air conditioning.

       

We Recommend

The Tucson is well provided no matter which trims you want. The SEL variant hits the delightful spot, as it combines more features at a lower price. You notice features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat USB port and swank exterior styling.

2020 Hyundai Tucson Engine and Performance

The base variant of the Hyundai Tucson SUV; the Hyundai Tucson SUV SE offers a 2.0L 4cyl engine which can generate 161 hp at 6200 rpm with 150 lb-ft of torque at 4000 pm. On the other hand, the 2.4 liter inline 4 makes 181 hp and makes total torque of 168 lbs./ft. Both of the powertrains comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. 

Front-wheel drive is standard on all trims and you can also opt for all-wheel drive. Power delivery is linear and shifts are butter smooth. The base 2.0-liter inline-4 comes at a lower price but the engine feels sluggish. It also drinks more fuel and is just not good enough to pull the vehicle of this size. The turbocharged engine, on the other hand, breathes easy and supply quicker acceleration.

Models

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV SE 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Nissan Rogue S 4dr All-wheel Drive 

2020 Buick Encore Preferred All-wheel Drive 

MSRP

$24,750

$24,590

$26,100

Engine

2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)

2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)

1.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)

Transmission

6-speed automatic with OD and auto-manual

2-speed CVT with OD and auto-manual

6-speed automatic with OD and auto-manual

Horsepower

161 hp

141 hp

138 hp

Torque

150 lbs./ft.

147 lbs./ft.

148 lbs./ft.

Opponents in the division generate less horsepower with the same engine running the mill. Buick Encore although it has a tiny 1.4 liter inline 4 but offers considerable equal performance specs as the 2020 Nissan Rogue.

Acceleration 

Hyundai Tucson base engine feels underpowered and takes 8.8 seconds to go from 0-60 which is quite slow as compared to the Honda CR-V which takes only 7.5 seconds. The CR-V also beats Hyundai heads down in the quarter-mile. It takes only 15.8 seconds in comparison to Tucson’s 16.5 seconds to complete a quarter-mile.

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV 0-60 MPH In just 8.8 sec

Models

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV SE 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Nissan Rogue S 4dr All-wheel Drive 

2020 Buick Encore Preferred All-wheel Drive 

0-60 MPH

8.8 sec

8.9 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17 sec

16.6 sec

Engine

2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)

2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)

1.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)

Emission (g/mile of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.7

6.1

N/A

Meanwhile, its competitor Buick Encore loses the competition with the Hyundai Tucson SUV in the acceleration with a score of 9.2 seconds to reach 0-60 MPH which is not much considering its 1.4 l mill. The Nissan Rogue walks beside Tucson in terms of acceleration.

Ride and Handling

There are reasons to appreciate the South Korean carmakers when it comes to driving dynamics. Tucson’s handling is responsive and nimble and it feels calm on highways. However, driving fanatics may find its dynamics too slow. The car handles the corners well and is relatively quiet over rough city roads.

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Front View

The improved engine on the 2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV is very powerful and it is always ready to produce all the horsepower you need. The engine is smooth and silent even when the car crosses 60 MPH. The front visibility and the driving, viewing points while driving are pretty good.

Braking

The Tucson braking system is well-tuned with plenty of stopping power. Hyundai has equipped it with 4-Wheel Disc brakes and Antilock Braking System (ABS) which comes as standard. 

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Front Brake is 12 in.

Although offering an 11.9-inch braking system that is almost equal and ahead to its competitors, the car does a good job of breaking and stopping with a stopping distance of 120 feet from 60-0 MPH. 

Models

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV SE 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Nissan Rogue S 4dr All-wheel Drive 

2020 Buick Encore Preferred All-wheel Drive 

Brake Front (in.)

12

11.7

11.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.9

11.5

10.6

Curb Weight

3485 lbs.

3615 lbs.

3358 lbs.

60-0 mph 

118

122 ft.

N/A

The Nissan Rogue loses in the braking department with a stopping distance of 122 feet followed by Hyundai Tucson with a stopping distance of 118 feet. Nissan Rogue because of lightweight stops fromm 60 mph very pleasantly.

2020 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Economy

The base 2.0-liter inline-4 and a six-speed automatic with front-wheel drive have an EPA rating of 23/30/26 while the AWD is pegged at 21/26/23. A more powerful 2.4-liter turbocharged engine and seven-speed dual-clutch with front-wheel drive are rated at 25/30/27 whereas, its EPA rating for all-wheel drive stands at 24/28/26 mpg.

Model

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV SE 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Nissan Rogue S 4dr All-wheel Drive 

2020 Buick Encore Preferred All-wheel Drive 

MPG (City) m/g

22

25

24

MPG (Combined) m/g

23

27

26

MPG (Highway) m/g

25

32

29

Opponents such as the 2020 Rogue and 2020 Encore works much better when it comes to fuel economy. Rogue can run  25 miles in a gallon of fuel on the city roads while encore can stretch for 24 miles in a gallon of fuel. 

2020 Hyundai Tucson Interior

8.1/10

Inside there is hard plastic in the cabin on the base model but the quality improves as you move up the trim. The dashboard looks sensible with basic instrumentation and controls within arm’s reach. The controls glow in soft blue lighting at night. There are a lot of buttons and knobs, so you will need to take a glance down if you want to change the radio or adjust the fan speed.

2020 Hyundai Tucson Front Seats 

Tucson base offers a six-way-manual seat that you would rather skip and go for the SEL or the SEL Plus which comes with eight-way-power adjustable seat and lumbar support; even the shortest of the driver can sit high and get a good view of the road. There is a generous amount of head and legroom for the passenger sitting in the second row as well. 

Model

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV SE 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Nissan Rogue S 4dr All-wheel Drive 

2020 Buick Encore Preferred All-wheel Drive 

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (in.) Headroom

39.6

41.6

39.58

Front (in.) Shoulder room

57.1

56.6

54.18

Front (in.) Legroom

41.5

43

40.82

Rear (in.) Headroom

39.2

38.5

38.78

Rear (in.) Shoulder room

55.5

55.9

52.5

Rear (in.) Legroom

38.2

37.9

35.75

In terms of expanse, opponents in the syndicate have done a fabulous duty also. With Nissan Rogue being the most spacious one, Encore is the most comfortable of them all too. 

Interior Features

The interior features of the 2020 Hyundai Tucson include:

  • Premium cloth upholstery
  • Manual driver and passenger fore/aft adjustment
  • Front center armrest
  • Metal-look interior accents 
  • Rubber front and rear floor mats
  • Plastic trunk lid/rear cargo door
  • Front bucket seats
  • Reclining rear seat
  • YES Essentials premium cloth front and rear seat upholstery
  • Urethane shift knob
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Infotainment System

The latest model of the 2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV features an 8-inch touchscreen center stacked infotainment display for navigation in top trim levels. The base variants of the 2017 Hyundai Tucson SUV has a 5-inch infotainment display. The steering wheel includes buttons to communicate with the infotainment system on the SUV.

2020 Hyundai Tucson Infotainment Screen

The sound system on the car provides a delighting music experience and is connected with features like Hyundai Blue Link, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available only in the top trims options). 

  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • 1 1st row LCD monitor
  • Smart device integration
  • Integrated roof antenna
  • Trip odometer
  • Retained accessory power
  • 3 12V DC power outlets S
  • Cruise control

Cargo Capacity

Hyundai Tucson does not impress us with its cargo space. It comes with a 60/40-split rear seat, so the cargo area can be expanded from 31 to 61.9 cubic feet which are very less as compared to others in the class. 

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Cargo Volume is 31 cu ft.

Hand-free liftgate comes as optional with no button-pushing or foot-waving required, just stand with the proximity key behind the boot and it will do its job. 

Model

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV SE 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Nissan Rogue S 4dr All-wheel Drive 

2020 Buick Encore Preferred All-wheel Drive 

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

31

39.3

18.8 

The 2020 Nissan Rogue has the most extensive cargo area of 39.3 cubic feet with the third row up followed by 18.8 cubic feet in the 2020 Buick Encore. 

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Interior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Interior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Interior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Interior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Interior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Interior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Interior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Interior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Interior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Interior

2020 Hyundai Tucson Exterior

0.2/10

There are no awkward-looking lines on the new 2020 Hyundai Tucson. It is a sharp-looking compact SUV. It brings to the table the same LED-headlight as used in the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The trapezoidal grille in the front gives it a typical Hyundai crossover look and makes it look bold. Hyundai uses more than 50-percent high strength steel inside its chassis that provide strength and makes the Tucson one of the safest compact SUV.

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Front View

Tucson draws its inspiration from the Santa Fe, however, its glass area is comparatively small. It looks handsome with the aggressive front end and is definitely a contender for the best dressed. In the top trim, Hyundai adds a 19-inch alloy wheel for a more imposing look. 

Model

2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV SE 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Nissan Rogue S 4dr All-wheel Drive 

2020 Buick Encore Preferred All-wheel Drive 

Curb weight (lbs.)

3485

3615

3358

Length(in)

N/A

N/A

168.35

Width(in)

72.8

72.4

70.1

Height(in)

64.8

68.5

65.25

Ground clearance (mm)

6.4

8.4

6.22

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

106.5

100.6

Track width (in) F/R

63.3/63.8

62.8/62.8

60.65/60.62

Admit or not, the 2020 Hyundai Tucson is clearly the fittest looking SUV out of the lot here. It holds a mark of sturdy styling and macho design ingredients all the way within the exteriors. 

Exterior Features

The exterior features included in the 2020 Hyundai Tucson are:

  • Lip Spoiler
  • Power remote manual-folding side-view door mirrors
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers with black rub strip
  • Bodyside cladding
  • Trailer hitch
  • Fully galvanized steel body material
  • Roof rack
  • Wheel well moldings
  • Convex driver mirror
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Exterior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Exterior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Exterior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Exterior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Exterior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Exterior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Exterior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Exterior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Exterior
2020 Hyundai Tucson SUV Exterior

2020 Hyundai Tucson Safety

A five-star overall rating from NHSTA and the IIHS calling a Top Safety Pick makes Tucson one of the safest compact SUV on road. It missed out on a perfect score by NHSTA as it gave a sole 4-start rating for the rollover resistance. IIHS rated the headlight and latch as acceptable, so there is still room for improvement.

The Tucson is reliable too, it gets a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.

In terms of safety, the 2020 Hyundai Tucson holds its mark with features such as:

  • Adjustable front head restraints with tilt
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Compact spare tire
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) forward collision mitigation

2020 Hyundai Tucson Competition

2020 Hyundai Tucson VS 2020 Nissan Rogue S

Being an originator, the 2020 Hyundai Tucson is no invader in the business. For the price Hyundai command for the Tucson, the highlights it offers are enormous. Aesthetically talking, Tucson is clearly much more pleasing than any other contender in the market.

2020 Nissan Rogue S

Priced roughly in the same bracket, both the SUV receives the same engines but the Rogue produces less power than the Tucson. If you are watching for a trusted SUV with chronicle to back it up, Tucson is unmistakably the decision. Get the Rogue for its unique styling. 

2020 Hyundai Tucson VS 2020 Buick Encore Preferred

The Encore may be described as an absolute road companion for an off-roading event but it is miles apart from meaning one. Tucson, on the other hand never agreed on rigidity but what it holds for is what it does best.

2020 Buick Encore Preferred

A tranquil ride in a cozy cabin with ample cabin space, the 2020 Tucson is well priced and offers a host of features. Get the Tucson and you won't be disheartened. 

2020 Hyundai Tucson Final Verdict

Hyundai Tucson comes with a headache-free ownership experience in the form of outstanding warranty coverage and excellent test score. The cabin is quiet and spacious along with a user-friendly infotainment system. The South Korean carmakers have not tried to make the Tucson exaggeratedly sporty instead they have emphasized more on its solid built quality and comfort.