Hyundai Tucson Review: 2010-2016 Changes & Differences

Hyundai Tucson Review

Hyundai Motors, the world’s fifth largest auto manufacturer, introduced the Hyundai Tucson in 2004 to compete against other popular SUVs like the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Despite its masculine appearance created by wraparound headlights, LED center brake light, and the Hyundai Logo held by a single-bar grille, the Tucson is a great family car — safety is the Tucson’s hallmark, as it boasts a 5-star rating awarded by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2009.

Find out which model years to pay attention to as BE FORWARD breaks down key years 2010-2016 in this comprehensive review!

2010 Hyundai Tucson

2010 HYUNDAI TUCSON exterior

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The 2010 Hyundai Tucson is a member of the model’s second (2009–2015) generation, with an average fuel economy of 10.2 – 11.5 km/l.

Where the 2010 Hyundai Tucson falls short against its large competitors in terms of size, it more than makes up for it with handsome exterior and interior stylings, sporty performance, plenty of features, and top-level value. The sleek and angular body of the 173.2 inch long, 71.7 inch wide, and 66.3 inch high 2010 Tucson houses an equally stylish and upscale interior decorated in warm colors and organic shapes and with plenty of leg room at the front – a step up from previous iterations.

2010 HYUNDAI TUCSON engine

Under the hood, the Tucson is installed with a new 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine with 176 hp mated with a 6AT or 6MT.

The standard features of the Tucson include power windows, locks, and mirrors, remote keyless entry and an AM/FM/XM/CD player with USB connectivity. Available as options are a telescopic steering wheel and panoramic sunroof. In addition to the usual fare of anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction and stability control, and dual front side and curtain airbags, the Tucson also comes with other safety features like active headrests, hill descent control, brake assist, and tire pressure monitors.


 

2011 Hyundai Tucson

2011 HYUNDAI TUCSON exterior

BROWSE LOW-COST USED 2011 HYUNDAI TUCSON MODELS

The 2011 Hyundai Tucson is a member of the model’s second (2009–2015) generation, with an average fuel economy of 8.5 – 10.6 km/l.

The 2011 Hyundai Tucson is out to break rules with its high fuel efficiency and stunning good looks unlike any other SUV. The Hyundai Tucson rejects the box shape of the SUV for curves and crests that lend themselves to creating a more sophisticated feel to the performance vehicle. Its angled headlights and tail lights also give the Tucson a more streamlined and sleek appearance.

2011 HYUNDAI TUCSON engine

The 2011 Tucson features a new 2L inline four-cylinder engine that produces 165 hp and 197 Nm of horsepower and torque, respectively. The engine is mated with five speed manual gearbox as standard, with a six speed automatic available as an option on the base model, while coming as standard on the upper trims. If the front row of seats of the Tucson offer the driver and passenger plenty of legroom, the back seats provide even more space for a more enjoyable ride. Seats come in either cloth or leather. Standard safety features include dual front side and curtain airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction and stability control, hill descent control, brake assist, tire pressure monitors, and active headrests.


 

2012 Hyundai Tucson

2012 HYUNDAI TUCSON exterior

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The 2012 Hyundai Tucson is a member of the model’s second (2009–2015) generation, with an average fuel economy of 9.8 – 10.6 km/l.

Sporty compact is the name of the game with the fun to drive 2012 Hyundai Tucson. The distinctive, classy stylings of the Hyundai Tucson follow it into its functional and spacious five-seater cabin installed with easily visible, accessible, and operable gauges and controls.

2012 HYUNDAI TUCSON engine

Under the hood of the Tucson is either a 2.0L inline four-cylinder unit (base GL model) capable of outputs of 165 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.4L inline four-cylinder (GLS and Limited) that produces 176 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. The GL comes with 5MT and FWD as standard with 6AT as option, while the GLS and Limited receive a 6AT in either AWD or FWD.

Standard features on the GL base models include keyless entry, height-adjustable driver seat, full power accessories, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB interface, with leather steering wheel and upholstery available in upper trims. The Tucson comes with such safety features as anti-lock braking system (ABS), stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front side and side curtain airbags, hill holder and hill descent control.


 

2013 Hyundai Tucson

2013 HYUNDAI TUCSON exterior

BROWSE LOW-COST USED 2013 HYUNDAI TUCSON MODELS

The 2013 Hyundai Tucson is a member of the model’s second (2009–2015) generation, with an average fuel economy of 9.4 – 10.6 km/l.

Its compact size makes for high maneuverability, especially in the tight city roads that bustle with traffic. On the inside, the 2013 Tucson fits five adults on its cloth upholstered seats.

2013 HYUNDAI TUCSON engine

The standard engine of the 2013 Tucson is a 2.0L inline four-cylinder that makes 165 hp and comes mated to either five speed manual or six speed automatic transmission. This engine is only available in front wheel drive. Moving up trim levels, the GLS and Limited feature a 2.4L inline four-cylinder 176 hp unit with a six speed automatic transmission and with either front or all wheel drive.

The 2013 Tucson’s lineup of safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system with traction control, six airbags, and active front head restraints. The GLS is fitted with heated front seats, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, and leatherette seat bolsters, while upgrading to the Limited bumps the 2013 Tucson to another level of luxury with full leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, touch-screen navigation, a rearview camera, and a sunroof.


 

2014 Hyundai Tucson

2014 HYUNDAI TUCSON exterior

BROWSE LOW-COST USED 2014 HYUNDAI TUCSON MODELS

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is a member of the model’s second (2009–2015) generation, with an average fuel economy of 9.4 – 10.6 km/l.

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson packages excellent handling with compact dimensions and eye catching styling. The compact crossover measures just 173.2 inches from nose to tail, up to 14 inches shorter than its rivals. What it loses out in terms of cargo space though, the 2014 Tucson more than makes up for with ease of maneuverability and the fun of a hatchback.

2014 HYUNDAI TUCSON engine

The Tucson comes in three trims – GLS, SE and Limited. The GLS is powered by a 2.0L inline four-cylinder that produces 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque, while the SE and Limited run on the larger 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine with outputs of 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.

Standard features of the Tucson include tilt and telescoping steering wheel, trip computer, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. The SE features cloth /leatherette upholstery, sport body cladding, automatic headlights and more, with the Limited coming with premium accessories such as 18-inch wheels (up from 17), chrome exterior trim and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Standard safety features include front side and side curtain airbags, stability and traction control, and anti-lock braking system (ABS).


 

2015 Hyundai Tucson

2015 HYUNDAI TUCSON exterior

BROWSE LOW-COST USED 2015 HYUNDAI TUCSON MODELS

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson is a member of the model’s second (2009–2015) generation, with an average fuel economy of 9.4 – 10.6 km/l.

With eye-catching good looks and incredible performance, the 2015 Hyundai Tucson compact crossover SUV has been one of the top choices in this category and probably, for many years to come. Smooth flowing curves wrap the sides of the 2015 Tucson, making it look less like an SUV than a sporty sedan – a design trait that has won over many consumers. Its interior features seats with ergonomic support while leaving plenty of legroom in the front and the rear.

2015 HYUNDAI TUCSON enging

The 2015 Tucson comes with one of two direct injection inline four-cylinder engines, a 2.0L or a 2.4L unit that makes 164 hp and 205 Nm of torque, and 182 hp and 240 Nm of torque, respectively. All models come with a 6 speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual controls, and either FWD or AWD. Standard features on the 2015 Tucson include Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, keyless entry, a USB port and satellite radio, with upper trims coming with leather seats and panoramic sunroof and more. The Tucson is equipped with such safety features as dual front, front side and curtain airbags, hill descent control, brake assist, tire pressure monitors, and active headrests.


 

2016 Hyundai Tucson

2016 HYUNDAI TUCSON exterior

BROWSE LOW-COST USED 2016 HYUNDAI TUCSON MODELS

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is a member of the model’s third (2015–present) generation, with an average fuel economy of 9.8 – 12.3 km/l.

Utility has never been wrapped in such a pretty package. The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is designed to turn heads with its attractively styling, while at the same time providing a spacious and comfortable interior and large cargo area. The Tucson emanates a presence of control and authority with its boxy front end, complimented by a large grille and bold LED-accented headlights. Compared to its predecessors, the 2016 model has been lengthened by 3 inches and widened by 1 inch, while its roof line has been lowered by 1 inch.

2016 HYUNDAI TUCSON engine

The internals of the Tucson keep up with its powerful exterior – the Tucson comes available with either a 164 hp 2.0L inline four-cylinder with 6 speed AT (base SE), or 175 hp 1.6L turbocharged inline four-cylinder mated with a 7 speed Dual Clutch Transmission (Eco, Sport, and Limited grades).

Standard features of the Tucson include a five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, USB/aux input jacks, a drive mode selector, 60/40 split-folding rear seats and automatic headlights. All variants come with dual-front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, while the Sport and Limited variants come standard with additional safety features like lane-change and blind spot warning systems. The Tucson boasts abundant space in both the front and the rear for additional comfort.


 

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