For its update, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson included a lot of improvements both inside and out. The interior added a lot of new technology and updated the inside so we have a great, new model vehicle on our hands.
Ever Since its initial release, the Tucson model has experienced a rise in sales. With each improvement brought to the model the sales have been steadily going up. The popularity of the car has seen some slight and steady bumps so giving it an update like this one will help the car reach even greater sales and we can expect to see much better rates from the newest 2018 Hyundai Tucson.
With the release date coming soon it would be only fitting that we provide a review for this model. Our sources have managed to get their hands on the latest pictures of the Hyundai Tucson and we immediately realized the potential this car could have.
2018 Hyundai Tucson Release Date
There are speculations that the release date for the 2018 Hyundai Tucson will be in the summer of 2017. Don’t expect it to be released during the first and second quarter of 2017, it will probably be out by the end of the year. Another great car: 2018 Genesis G70 Release Date.
2018 Hyundai Tucson Price
It appears that Hyundai has decided to increase the price of the 2018 Hyundai Tucson. It is expected that the price is boosted by somewhere between 300 and 500 dollars. The starting price for the previous model amounted $23,595 for the base SE version. Other trims were priced accordingly, with the Eco trim coming at $25,045, the Sport trim priced with $26,795, while the range-topping Limited was $30,670, all listed as base MSRP. If you wanted an all-wheel drive option an amount of $1,400 was added across the board.
The model also included additional packages which will be available for this new version as well. The price for them will probably not change, so the Limited’s Ultimate Package will be available for an additional $2,750 and the SE’s Popular Package is offered at an added $750 but only with AWD.
Perhaps the best option is the AWD Sport trim which frankly provides the best value for money as it is offered at $28,500, while a fully packaged Limited version will require an addition of $4,000 for a premium price.
2018 Hyundai Tucson Exterior Redesign, Changes
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson exterior redesign brings us some novelties for its exterior appearance. It brings a hexagonal grille and sharp LED headlights to the front and a slightly modified back side. Overall impression is that 2018 Tucson is more aggressive than before.
The compact crossover vehicle has a larger wheelbase which brings more space for passengers, which are going to feel more comfort also brought by some new goodies on the inside. The base design of the Tucson will also borrow a lot of elements from its bigger brothers, namely the Santa Fe model. The design language is a familiar one and a staple of the current Hyundai cars, while the higher trims get additional elements which propose a more dynamic style.
2018 Hyundai Tucson Interior Changes
The interior of the 2018 Hyundai Tucson brings together an upscale feel for the cabin. Although the dashboard is a bit conservative looking, it manages to merge high functionality and easiness of use together. The Limited trim has some classy touches added for it, with a stitched trim atop the instrument binnacle.
The simplicity of the interior actually add to its classiness. The inside has been thoughtfully laid out and it also provides an excellent view on the road which is mainly thanks to the relatively narrow pillars. If you want a more upscale look, than look to the Limited version which brings a leather cladded inside.
There are a few options for you to choose from when it comes to the powertrain of the 2018 Hyundai Tucson. In fact, the SE base trim gets a direct-injection 2.0-liter inline-4 engine which produces 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. This drivetrain is matted to a traditional 6-speed automatic transmission, but consumes more fuel than other available setups.
The Eco, Sport, and Limited trims us a different kind of a setup under the hood. They will incorporate a more sophisticated offer with the direct-injection 1.6-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, giving us an output of 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. We assume that drivers are going to stick with the secondary option more as they provide better fuel efficiency and also a better overall driving experience.
2018 Hyundai Tucson Top speed & 0-60
The ability to speed up to 60 mph has not changed for the 2018 Hyundai Tucson. The previous model and the new one will have same rates when it comes to its 0-60 mph performance. A time of 7.4 seconds separates you from reaching 60 mph and the car can also achieve a top speed of 129 mph.
Fuel economy, Mileage
When it comes to the fuel economy rating of the 2018 Hyundai Tucson, the base version is perhaps the one with the worst performance. The model does not have favorable rates with the base engine and with its basic offer. It only manages an EPA rating of 23 mpg city, 30 highway, 26 combined, while the all-wheel drive versions have a 21/26/23 mpg consumption rating.
Things improve a bit for the upper trims which use a different kind of engine. The numbers go up to 25/30/27 mpg for the Sport and Limited models while the Eco manages 26/33/29 mpg. All-wheel drive versions are rated with 24/28/26 mpg or for the Eco version 25/31/27 mpg
The new 2018 Hyundai Tucson will earn the same safety ratings as its previous incarnation. As this is a mere extension of the current generation of Tucson model, it is safe to say that the car will earn all of the top safety ratings that it had with the previous model.
The NHTSA has given it a top five-star rating, while the IIHS says that the model has earned a Top Safety Pick status. Unfortunately only the upper trim levels of the car get the advanced safety systems like the blind-spot monitors, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. While with the Ultimate Package you can get automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warnings, and backup sensors.