Hyundai has evolved from making modist cars to producing stylish, feature-rich cars and SUVs. the 2020 Tucson is just one of the brand’s latest examples. The Tucson sits near the smaller end of the brand’s lineup—slightly larger than the Kona and a bit trimmer than the Santa Fe. As with both of these other crossovers, the 2020 Tucson boasts a handsome exterior design, a well-equipped cabin, and a choice of two different four-cylinder engines with either front- or all-wheel drive. Base models offer a lot to love, including touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, automated emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist technology. Spend more for a Limited or Ultimate model and the Tucson offers near-luxury appointments at bargain prices.
Two different four-cylinder engines are on tap to power the Tucson—a 164-hp 2.0-liter or a 181-hp 2.4-liter; both team with a six-speed automatic. In our testing, the base 2.0-liter delivered lethargic performance in all of our metrics. Unfortunately, we haven’t sampled the upgraded 2.4-liter engine, but expect it to deliver slightly better acceleration times. Handling isn’t all that noteworthy in the Tucson; it’s competent but not sporty. Body roll is well controlled, the steering is well weighted, and overall the Tucson changes direction with confidence. It also offers a very smooth and refined ride, and the suspension soaks up all but the harshest bumps nicely. This lack of bias to either the sporty or floaty ends of the handling spectrum strikes us as the kind of balanced nature that crossover shoppers will find appealing.