2019 Hyundai Tucson Available in Toronto
Some manufacturers go out of their way to produce vehicles with quirky styling, some go for outright utility, and others concentrate on performance. Others just want to produce outstanding vehicles with wide appeal that a lot of people want to own and drive. Hyundai is one of them, and the Hyundai Tucson is a great example of that simple but effective philosophy. If you haven't already succumbed to its charms, here's a look at the current 2019 Hyundai Tucson to give you an idea of what you’re missing out on.
Hyundai had the Tucson going along the right lines with its second-generation, but it really got the styling into top gear when it launched the third-generation in 2015. It's recently been smoothed and honed with a mild mid-cycle refresh and continues to be one of the most attractive vehicles of its kind anywhere in the market.
The exterior is stylish, modern and just a little sporty, and it's very much in line with the way Hyundai has all its current models looking. It really is hard to imagine anyone finding the Tucson unattractive, and the top trim levels can look more stylish than a lot of luxury models costing massively more money than the Hyundai.
Perhaps a little surprisingly these days, there's no turbocharging to be found in the Tucson at the moment. There are two engines in the lineup here in Canada, and both are naturally aspirated. The standard engine under the hood of the first two models in the family is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit that develops 161 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. It comes with frontwheel drive in standard form, but all-wheel drive is available.
The two top trim levels of the 2019 Hyundai Tucson get a slightly more powerful 2.4-litre version of the same unit, which this time puts out 181 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. This time, all-wheel drive is standard, and every Tucson comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual shift mode.
As you've probably gathered, there are four trim levels to choose between in the Tucson lineup for 2019. The range kicks off with the Essential and then goes on to the Preferred, Luxury and the range-topping Ultimate trim level.
Every time the Tucson gets redesigned it grows a little bigger, which is good news for passenger comfort inside. There's plenty of room for front seat passengers and for cargo, and the rear-seat passenger space is about average for the segment. The styling and build quality is very good, but there is a noticeable, but totally understandable difference between the quality of materials used as you go up the trim levels. Entry models are good, but the Ultimate is truly luxurious.
All Tucson’s come standard with active lane control and automatic emergency braking, and it's helped the Hyundai get a full five-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA and to gain Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS.Features and equipment
If you want great value, look no further than the entry-level Tucson Essential. The Essential comes with front fog lights and auto headlights, heated front seats, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, a rearview camera, cruise control, air conditioning and remote keyless entry.
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