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Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson

2020 Hyundai Tucson Expert Review

#5 in Best Compact SUVs of 2020

The 2020 Hyundai Tucson is a compact-crossover SUV offering the ride comfort, handling and fuel economy of a small car, but in a more versatile design aimed at those with a more active lifestyle. The Tucson shines brightly in the areas of safety and standard equipment, not to mention its unbeatable 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

However, when it comes to power, the Tucson falls short of the benchmarks set by the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape that both offer the option of a high-output turbocharged engine.

And, while the Tucson does offer features like adaptive cruise control and auto high beams, they are optional and only offered on the top trims.

The Tucson isn’t as roomy as a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, and, unlike the Subaru Forester, isn’t really designed for any kind of serious off-road use.

Driving the 2020 Hyundai Tucson

From a driver’s point of view, the 2020 Hyundai Tucson feels very much like driving a compact car. The ride is comfortable, the cabin quiet and the overall handling more than adequate, although the electric power steering is somewhat vague. The Tucson’s suspension is designed to take curves with confidence, but it’s not as dialed-in as in a Mazda CX-5 or Ford Escape.

Moving up to the Sport trim with its 19-inch wheels does somewhat diminish the ride quality and increase sound levels, so be sure to test drive a few versions to see which suits you best.

When it comes to acceleration, even the optional 2.4-liter engine upgrade is nothing to write home about. Delivering only 181 horsepower, this engine lags far behind its turbocharged rivals. Power for low-speed passing maneuvers is there when you need it, thanks in part to the excellent 6-speed automatic, but don’t expect any kind of neck-snapping passing maneuvers once up to speed.

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Selecting Sport mode from the drive settings tweaks the responses of the throttle and transmission for a little more fun.