Consumer Reports: 2019 Hyundai Tucson Is Better, But Still Needs Some Improvements

Last year, Hyundai gave the Tucson a midlife refresh, with enough visual and technical upgrades to keep it competitive until a new generation arrives after 2020.

On the outside, the compact SUV stands out with the revised lighting units, grille and front and rear ends, while inside, it gained standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with the 7-inch infotainment system.

The biggest change, however, occurred under the hood, where the 2019 Tucson received a new 2.4-liter engine making 181 horsepower, which replaces the old 1.6-liter turbocharged unit, rated at 175 hp. It’s matched to a six-speed automatic gearbox, just like the 2.0-liter 164 hp mill that powers the base grades, although you may want to stay away from this one, as Consumer Reports said that it feels underpowered and noisy.

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Their Tucson came in SEL spec with dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and side mirrors, and adaptive cruise control, for $28,530. That’s $5,330 more than the base SE, but $4,420 less than the top-of-the-line Ultimate.

The reviewer was impressed by the large door openings that facilitate ingress and egress, easy-to-use controls and responsive handling. He noted that it has minimum body lean, but somehow doesn’t feel as sporty as a Mazda CX-5.

The Tucson has become better with time, but not everything’s perfect. CR said that there’s still room for improvement and had some things to complain about. Watch the short video to find out what these are.


  • Netsphere

    for god sake stop looking at the camera while driving


    Consumer Reports are not professional reviewers at all. Use TFL or Alex Autos instead of them.

    • khc

      Your info on CR is a bit outdated. But, Alex: Yes! “Savage Geese:” Yes! TFL – No (though they did hire someone new, recently, who, at least, seems to be not as obnoxious). “Professional reviewers” (cough) are inclined to issue less-critical reviews in order to continue having access to a steady stream of new press fleet cars to drive. Consumer Reports conducts owner surveys and is the only publication I know of that buys its test cars, as a consumer would, rather than take loaners from advertisers. They also test each vehicle on the same, purpose-built test track.

  • Alduin

    The current Tucson is a pile of garbage. The interior is cheaply made crap,the transmission is junk and it’s slow as hell. Avoid at all costs.

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  • Paul

    OTOH Consumer Reports is still the same and ALWAYS needs improvements.

  • charlotteharry57

    Consumer Reports has become more and more of a believable auto authority in the last 10 years, so get over it. Their Annual Auto Issue (on sale now) is one of the most highly regarded sources of purchase info available because it includes owner responses from like a gazillion owners.
    I price checked the Tucson a few months back. Typical of most mfrs., Hyundai dials WAY back on features on CUVs vs. those on its sedans. You have to go all the way to the top to get some basic stuff, and I was completely turned off.

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