The Hyundai Tucson has grown in popularity over the past few years and the company is looking to build on that momentum by introducing the new Tucson Sport.
Currently arriving at U.S. dealerships, the 2018 Tucson Sport comes equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 hp (135 kW) and 175 lb-ft (237 Nm) of torque. This is a modest improvement over the standard model which has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 164 hp (122 kW) and 151 lb-ft (204 Nm) of torque.
Besides the new engine, the Tucson Sport comes equipped with “premium” fascias, a chromed dual exhaust system and 19-inch alloy wheels. The model also has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a dual-zone automatic climate control system and a proximity key with a push button ignition. Drivers will also find a handful of driver assistance systems including lane change assist and a blind spot detection system with rear cross-traffic alert.
Pricing starts at $25,150 for front-wheel drive models and $26,550 for all-wheel drive variants. This means the model is only $1,350 more expensive than the Tucson SEL despite having a more powerful engine and a host of nicer amenities.
However, it’s worth mentioning the Tucson Value starts at $26,550 and comes equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 175 hp (130 kW) and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque. While it has 6 hp (4 kW) less than the Tucson Sport, the model has additional 20 lb-ft (27 Nm) of torque.
Note: Prices exclude a $980 destination and delivery fee