Even within a highly competitive compact crossover SUV segment, the Hyundai Tucson manages to make a strong account of itself with a few attributes of its own. To cover a wide range of customer tastes, the Tucson is split into six trims, which are the following:

  • 1. SE
  • 2. Value
  • 3. SEL
  • 4. Sport
  • 5. Limited
  • 6. Ultimate


If you are okay with a basic yet still handsomely equipped Hyundai Tucson, stick with the base SE model. Under its hood is a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine—linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission—for acceptable acceleration ability with an output of 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, with the option of an all-wheel-drive system for better performance on slippery surfaces and an increase of maximum towing capability from 1,500 lbs. to 2,000 lbs.

As a five-seater, the Hyundai Tucson at the SE trim level has a solid list of tech features. Remote keyless entry allows you to enter the SUV by pressing the corresponding key fob button. The cabin welcomes you with a 3.5-inch multi-information display, as well as a 7-inch color touchscreen for infotainment integration. A push-button is on board to start the engine without an ignition key. Entertainment is provided by a six-speaker AM/FM stereo system, which is accompanied by Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free phone operation and audio streaming and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, with a USB port and an audio jack for wired connection of portable devices. Driver assistance is provided by a rearview camera, lane-keep assist, forward collision warning and avoidance, and driver attention warning.

If there’s a crash, there are six airbags that provide restraint and cushioning if necessary. Electronic stability control, traction control, a four-wheel anti-lock disc braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, and an anti-theft system are also present to ensure safety and security for Downers Grove and Tinley Park.


The appropriately named Value trim gives you substantial upgrades for a minor bump in price point. For greater comfortability, the front seats get heating capability. Driver assistance is enhanced with the addition of blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. HD Radio technology and a trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio enhance the entertainment system, and Hyundai introduces its proprietary Blue Link telematics system for various functions and services that include vehicle finder, remote start, and door lock/unlock, and vehicle health diagnostics.


Greater acceleration ability is offered with at least the SEL trim, which replaces the 2.0-liter with a 2.4-liter I4 for 20 more horsepower and 25 more lb-ft of torque. Interior amenities also get a boost—with the appearance of a second USB port for charging portable devices; and a dual-zone automatic climate system for individualized controls on both the driver and front passenger side.


More comfort and convenience features appear at the Sport trim level. Fog lights appear on the front fascia for more penetrating illumination when needed, and the liftgate can be opened without your hands by just having the key fob on you. A pad is located at the center console for wirelessly charging smartphones, and the six-speaker stereo system is replaced by an eight-speaker Infinity setup with Clari-Fi music restoration technology to improve sound quality.


The Limited trim level brings the Hyundai Tucson into the luxury-oriented territory. Although a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob debut at the Sport level, the Limited takes it further with replacing the cloth seat trim with full leather upholstery. In addition, Hyundai adds 8-way power adjustability on the driver’s seat, heating ability on the steering wheel, and a surround-view camera in place of the rearview camera for a 360-degree viewing perspective.


For the most out of your Tucson, go with the Ultimate. It is the only trim that has front-seat cooling, rear-seat heating, a panoramic sunroof, a 4.2-inch color LCD multi-information display, 8-inch touchscreen navigation, and driver-assistance features that consist of pedestrian detection, high beam assist, and smart cruise control with stop-and-go technology.

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