The mid-size SUV segment has seen quite a lot of action in Nigerian roads. It was actually a rival to Toyota Highlander. Now, Hyundai will be giving a mid-life facelift to the Tucson in an attempt to keep themselves relevant in the competition. The Hyundai Tucson facelift was first unveiled at the New York International Auto Show.
Despite being significantly outsold by competitors such as the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rouge, the Hyundai’s holistic sophistication and on-road refinement are noteworthy, as is its mid-cycle refresh for 2019 that brings more distinctive front-end styling, a redesigned upper dashboard, more standard infotainment features driver-assistance technology. Although the superficial changes barely notch up its curb appeal, the updates help make the Tucson even more compelling than discerning tastes might expect.
There are two engine options available for the 2020 Hyundai Tucson. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 161 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque is standard on SEL and above. Both the engines are connected to six-speed automatic transmissions. We’ve only driven a Tucson with the bigger four-cylinder engine and found the power to be on the lower side of adequate. The less powerful 2.0-liter will just feel even slower. We weren’t disappointed in the performance from the smooth and relatively responsive six-speed torque converter automatic.
It’s a curious change. Fuel economy drops from 23 mpg city and 30 highway with the turbo to 22/28 mpg with the 2.4. True, horsepower is up slightly, from 175 to 181, but torque drops a whopping 20 lb-ft—and, worse, the peak now arrives at 4,000 rpm versus just 1,500 rpm for the forced-induction engine.
Autoblog made some research on the price of the 2020 Hyundai Tucson. The pricing starts at $24,445, including the $1,095 destination charge. A fully-loaded Ultimate will reach as high as $34,195, and then you can add accessories from there. All-wheel drive is a $1,400 option on any trim.
A base SE is equipped with plenty of standard equipment like automatic headlights, heated outside mirrors, keyless entry, and a 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. All-wheel drive can be had on any trim. Hyundai also offers a sporty appearance package. You get neat stuff like Rays 19-inch wheels, aluminum-alloy sport pedals and black mirror caps. The base price for each trim level is listed below, but we provide a full breakdown of features, specs and local pricing.