Flash Drive

2014 Hyundai Tucson

Model Tested: 2014 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD 

Engine: 2.4-liter I-4, 182 horsepower 177 lb-ft torque 

Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission all-wheel-drive 

EPA Ratings: 20/City—25/Highway—22/Combined 

Base Price: $27,700 

As Tested: $28,700 


Decent acceleration and torque

Nice six-speed automatic transmission

Locking 4×4 feature

Eco engine mode returned excellent fuel economy

Hill descent control for steep off road travel

Very acceptable highway ride 


Stretch-out front legroom

Excellent satellite radio with great auxiliary controls

Cowboy hat headroom

Big stereo door speakers

Driver side power lumbar support

Room for big adults in rear seat


Flat cargo floor

Medium size door storage bins

Seatback storage nets

Split folding rear seats have slight incline

Big, wide hatch opening

Limited under floor storage 

WOW Factors:

Consistently exceeded EPA estimates getting 29 mpg on several highway trips

A lot of features and value for the money

Nice leather seats in such an affordable vehicle

Ample room for tall occupants 


Small rear quarter windows

Some interior plastics a little too plastic

Rear cargo deck carpet and headliner quality subpar 

Bottom Line:

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is an excellent compact sport utility vehicle. It’s spacious on the inside and compact on the outside. Fuel economy is great. Deluxe features are plentiful, although some materials compromises have been made to keep prices affordable.