Buyer's Guide

2021 Hyundai Tucson
Select a Different Model (12 Available): Limited AWD
Fuel Economy $ 21 / 26 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 31/62 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 181@6,000
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2021 Hyundai Tucson MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Good ride and handling
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Long warranty

Cons

  • Inefficient powertrains
  • Not all driver assistance features are standard
  • A new model arrives for 2022

Crossover buyers who value user-friendly technologies should add the Hyundai Tucson to their shopping list. Aside from the excellent infotainment usability, the Tucson offers tons of value; you get lots of features for the money wrapped in a stylish package.

For 2021, Coliseum Gray, Ash Black, and Red Crimson have been added to the Tucson's exterior color palette. Sage Brown, Black Noir Pearl, and Gemstone Red have been discontinued.

Check out the boldly redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson here.

What We Think

Although it's one of the oldest vehicles in the compact SUV segment, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson has plenty of strengths beyond the automaker's long warranty. Good road manners, for one, make the Tucson pleasant to drive. Sharp steering, a responsive throttle, and controlled body motions all contribute to the agreeable driving experience. Also, Hyundai's infotainment system remains one of the easiest to use thanks to redundant controls and a logical menu layout. Little touches like contrast piping and two-tone upholstery add flair to the simple interior design on loaded models.

However, the Tucson does fall behind its competitors in some ways. Neither engine option is efficient, and driver assistance features aren't standard. And despite the upscale touches on high-end models, some interior materials also betray their expensive look with a cheap and brittle feel.

In a segment full of excellent options such as the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson is a mid-pack player. See our full ranking of compact SUVs here.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Both of the 2021 Tucson's four-cylinder engines are paired exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. SE and Value trims use a 2.0-liter I-4 rated at 161 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. SEL and above models get a more powerful 2.4-liter unit with 181 hp and 175 lb-ft.

EPA fuel economy ratings for both engines are similar. The 2.0-liter is good for 23/28 mpg city/highway in FWD guise or 22/25 mpg with AWD. Models equipped with the 2.4-liter are rated at 22/28 mpg for FWD models or 21/26 mpg in AWD flavor.

Safety

NHTSA: 5 Stars (out of a possible five stars)

IIHS: 2020 Top Safety Pick

Although the Tucson received a Good score on all crashworthiness tests, it missed the coveted Top 2020 Safety Pick+ rating because its standard headlights were rated Poor (Good is the highest possible score). You must get the LED headlights, which are only available on the Sport and higher grades to get a Tucson with the best ratings. On the IIHS' front crash prevention test, the Tucson received a Superior rating on the vehicle-to-vehicle test and Advanced on the vehicle-to-pedestrian test (Superior is the highest possible rating). This rating, however, requires the Tucson's most advanced front collision prevention technologies found in the range-topping Tucson Ultimate; the IIHS hasn't tested the standard system.

The base Tucson gets lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, driver attention alert, and front automatic emergency braking as standard. The Value trim adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control are only available on the range-topping Ultimate trim.

Technology

A 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a six-speaker audio system, and a 3.5-inch instrument cluster display is standard on base Tucsons. The range-topping Ultimate trim gets a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, and built-in navigation. The Sport trim and above replaces the standard six-speaker audio system with an eight-speaker Infinity unit.

Recommended Trim

If you don't need to have all the latest features, the best Tucson trim is the mid-level Sport. You get nearly every single driver assistance feature plus extras such as a wireless charging pad, LED headlights, Infinity audio system, and a hands-free power liftgate.

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2021 HYUNDAI TUCSON SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter Gamma
Transmission Name
Transmission, SHIFTRONIC® 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (A6MF2)
Trim
Limited AWD
Class
Compact Utility
Horsepower
181@6,000
Standard MPG
21/26
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
36
Corrosion Warranty Months
84
Powertrain Warranty Miles
100,000
Full Warranty Miles
60,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
120
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
36,000
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer available to all service branches of the military including National Guard and Reserve branches, veterans and retirees. 12-31-2021
$400 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer for College Graduates who finance through HMF. 12-31-2021
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 24, 36, 48, 60 Months - Hyundai announces APR rates on select models. 07-06-2021
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Hyundai announces APR rates on select models. 07-06-2021
$2500 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer for standard rate retail sales only. 07-06-2021
$1000 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer for customers who finance through HMF. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021