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2021 Hyundai Tucson Review: Expected Release Date, Prices, MPG and Performance

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John Bedrow

Automotive Journalist June 30, 2020 at 07:32 AM
With many of spy shots out we can now confirm that the 2021 Hyundai Tucson is just around the corner. This time it will receive major updates in terms of its design as well as features. Showcased at the 2019 LA auto show in form of the Vision T Concept, the 2021 model is sure to shake up the competition in the compact SUV segment. Its new-age design and the introduction of a plug-in hybrid model is certainly going to send many buyers to Hyundai dealerships.

Named after the city of Tucson, the Hyundai Tucson has always been a value for money car but have also, always struggled to stand out in the segment. Hence, with the 2021 Hyundai Tucson, we expect Hyundai to make the car more dynamic as well as distinctive. Its redesigned styling previewed with the Vision T concept car confirms that the 2021 model will be a much sharper looking SUV with more angular lines and Hyundai new-age grille at the front.

It is also rumored to offer a plug-in hybrid which is expected to be powered by a more traditional four-cylinder engine that might be borrowed from either the Sonata or Elantra. When the production model steps foot in the real world it would compete against rivals like the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Toyota RAV4. Hence, its time to check out if you should wait for the 2021 model or just go with the 2020 one.

What to expect in the engine department?

Hyundai has not yet made any announcements or revealed any information regarding the engine or performance figures for the 2021 Hyundai Tucson. However, rumors make us believe that the 2021 Tucson might be powered by the same engine that currently comes with the Sonata sedan. It will supposedly be a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder unit for the base trim and the lower trims, while the top trim might house a bit more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. We also predict that Hyundai will also launch the more performance-focused N trim for 2021 model after launching the other trims. The sportier N-line model might be able to churn out almost around 300 hp with the help of a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine which is also expected to make an appearance in the Sonata N-line model. 

Another interesting addition will be the plug-in hybrid model of the 2021 Tucson. Just like the N-Line model it might also make an appearance after the conventionally powered versions. There is no confirmation about the engine it will get but rumors suggest that it might offer the best in class eclectic only range. It will also get Hyundai’s latest fast charging technology which promises to reduce its charging time by quite some margin.

Models

2021 Hyundai Tucson (Expected)

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

MSRP

$25,000

$24,945

$25,050

$25,090

Engine

2.5-liter Inline Four-cylinder*

2.0 Intercooled TSI Inline-4

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4

2.5-liter Naturally Aspirated inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD*

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic w/OD*

8-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

Power ( hp @ RPM)

161 @ 6,200*

184 @ 4,400

190 @ 5,600

187 @ 6,000

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

150 @ 4,700*

221 @ 1,600

179 @ 2,000

186 @ 4,000

*2020 data used for reference.

The Hyundai might be the least powerful of the lot, but these figures are of the 2020 model year. As the new model is being built up from scratch they are sure to change and no one knows if the Tucson might overtake the most of the rivals if not all. If the Tucson receives the top of the line engine from the Hyundai Sonata, it will certainly overtake even the Honda- CRV in terms of power and torque output.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Hyundai Tucson deliver? 

The 2020 model of the Tucson does no wonders when it comes to the mpg figures, hence the incoming 2021 model is sure to up the game. This will be due to the fact that one of the engine options available will be a hybrid option, this is always good news for mileage conscious buyers. Although the current model’s figures are better than the bigger SUV’s, EPA has not released any estimates for the 2021 model. But with Hyundai’s current record it is still safe to assume that the figures would be better than the 2020 models mark which stands at 23 mpg for city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg of combined fuel efficiency o

Models

2021 Hyundai Tucson (Expected)

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

MPG (City)

23*

22

26

25

MPG (Highway)

28*

29

32

31

MPG (Combined)

25*

25

28

28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

16.4*

15.3

14.0

14.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

377.2/459.2/410

337/444/382

364/448/392

370/459/415

*2020 data used for reference

The current version of the Tucson offers one of the worst mileage in the city as well as on the highway. It fails to stand at par with the Mazda and is easily overcome by the Honda CR-V. However, the Honda, while having good mpg figures it has a smaller fuel tank which might make for frequent refueling on long trips. On the other hand, the Volkswagen Tiguan while having better mpg figures again lacks due to a smaller fuel tank. Overall, the 2021 Hyundai Tuscon certainly has to offer better frugality in order to beat its rivals while maintaining its fuel tank size.

What to expect from the interior of the 2021 Hyundai Tucson?

As the spy shots have revealed, the exterior of the Tucson 2021 is no doubt going to be a much sharper and is sure to turn heads, but what about the interior? Well, as per the new trend with the vehicles of Hyundai, it is safe to assume that the 2021 Tucson is going to offer better quality materials and all the latest gizmo and tech.

Hyundai does a great job simplifying all the technology and offering it in a userfriendly package, hence we expect the 2021 to offer advanced but a clean cabin. Many features will be driver-focused as the dashboard does not create much distraction while driving. It will also come loaded with ample of luxury features and soft-touch material.

The spy photos of the car have let us deduce that the interior space might be the same or there might be just a small change in the proportion. Expect the cabin to offer a redesigned dashboard and upholstery to provide a more upmarket experience.

Models

2021 Hyundai Tucson (Expected)

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

Seating Capacity

5*

7

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/ Leg Room, in inches)

39.6/57.1/41.5*

39.6/57.0/40.2

40.1/57.9/41.3

39.7/57.1/41.0

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.2/55.5/38.2*

38.9/55.8/38.7

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.0/54.8/39.6

*2020 data used for reference.

The interior space of the current model of Tucson is almost similar to what the rivals offer and it is safe to say that the upcoming model would also host the same dimensions. It is surely not going to be any smaller but it will surely be a little bit bigger challenge for the Honda CR-V, which has the most interior space of the lot.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

Exact information about what technology is or isn’t going to be present on the 2021 Tucson is not yet available, but be prepared for a larger rectangular touch screen infotainment. Such units are offered in the present model of the company’s luxury sedans like the Sonata and Elantra.

The standard features that could be integrated into the system are the advanced smartphone compatibility system like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features like SiriusXM satellite radio, on-board Wi-Fi, and in-dash navigation will be offered. More information and the exact list of features will be available once the Tucson is inches closer to the launch.

Will there be any changes to the Exterior of the 2021 Hyundai Tucson?

The biggest change and the most awaited thing to look forward in the 2021 Tucson is the exterior. It is going to be redesigned fully and will not have any resemblance to the previous models. As shown on the Vision T concept in the LA Auto show in the year 2019 shows the Tucson sporting a bigger front grille and a more aggressive rear end.

The design somewhat will be like the new Hyundai Sonata. Exterior front and rear daytime running LED will be present on the front as well as the rear. The turn indicator would be packed in the LED lights as well. Gem-like shapes, sleeker tail lamps, Z-shaped fenders are going to be the design language of the 2021 Tucson. There will be a full length light stripe that would run between its rear tail lamp.

Models

2021 Hyundai Tucson (Expected)

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

Curb Weight (lbs)

3485*

3721

3307

3541

Length (inches)

176.2*

185.1

180.6

179.1

Width (inches)

72.8*

72.4

73.0

72.5

Height (inches)

64.8*

66.3

66.1

66.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.4*

7.9

7.8

7.5

Wheelbase (inches)

105.1*

109.8

106.2

106.2

Track Width F/R (inches)

63.3/63.8*

62.2/61.8

63.0/63.7

62.8/62.8

*2020 data used as a reference.

Will the 2021 Hyundai Tucson be worth my money and time?

The 2021 Tucson is going to be designed from the ground up in terms of the interior as well as the exterior. The Vision T Concept on which it is going to be based has showcased a whole new design layout with a bigger grille and a smarter looking front end. The engine options would be sure to include a hybrid as the concept was also introduced as a plug-in hybrid. The current model is a value for money option but fails to stand out in its segment hence we expect a lot of changes from the 2021 model. It is going to hit the dealerships sometime in the latter half of the year 2020 and is expected to be priced around the $25,000 mark. The 2021 Tucson has set the hopes high and is sure to keep up to those expectations considering Hyundai’s past trend. Hence, we suggest you to wait for the 2021 model as it will be a big improvement over the current model.

FAQs

How safe is the Hyundai Tucson?

The Tucson has received excellent safety ratings from both the IIHS and NHTSA. It scored Good in all the major crash categories and hence is quite a safe car. We expect the 2021 Tucson to offer better safety features.

What is the warranty offered with the Hyundai Tucson?

You get a Powertrain Coverage of up to 10-Year or 100,000-Miles with the Tuscon while the 

New Vehicle Warranty is 5-Year or 60,000-Miles.

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