Front-wheel drive is standard on the Tucson, though all-wheel drive is available on all models. The system sends power only to the front wheels in normal driving but sends more to the back as needed. It also has a 50/50 lock mode, which is ideal for slippery conditions such as snow or mud.
The Tucson has an absorbent ride and a quiet, refined interior feel, thanks to standard SACHS amplitude selective dampers and suspension arrangement that uses stabilizer bars front and back. Meanwhile, the electric power steering system varies its effort for various vehicle speeds and helps save fuel. The Tucson's turning circle of 34.7 feet is the best in its class, according to Hyundai.
Hyundai has, just as with its other vehicles, piled on the standard safety features. The list includes electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, Hillstart Assist Control and Downhill Brake Control for confidence on slippery slopes, front active head restraints, and a total of six airbags with both front side and full-length side-curtain airbags.
While the Tucson isn't much larger than other compact crossovers, its long wheelbase pays off with an especially roomy interior. The rear seat is quite spacious, with enough legroom for adults, and the front seats have additional seat track to accommodate tall drivers. Back seats are 60/40 split fold-down and include a two-stage reclining function. When folded forward, they lay flat for a large cargo area, and the Tucson has lots of smaller cubbies and compartments for everything from sunglasses to extra drinks.
The Tucson GLS starts at well under $24,000 and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, power windows and locks, keyless entry, tilt steering with steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and a trip computer. The SE adds heated mirrors, automatic headlights, fog lights, 8-way power driver seat, leather trim, heated front seats, a 4.3-inch color touchscreen audio display and a rearview camera. Finally, the Limited adds 18-inch alloys, chrome exterior accents, push-button start, dual automatic temperature control, leather seats, solar front glass and a windshield wiper de-icer.
The Tucson Limited offers a Technology Package, which includes a navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen, 360-watt premium audio, LED taillights and a panoramic sunroof.