Set to go on sale this fall, the 2014 Hyundai Tucson is getting more standard equipment as well as a visual face-lift, direct-injection engines, new shock absorbers, according to a statement from the automaker. Both of the 2014 Hyundai Tucson engines received upgrades with direct fuel injection, instead of the old model’s multiport fuel injection. The base Tucson GLS’s 2.0-liter inline-four engine has an output of 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, better than last year’s model by five lb-ft. Its fuel economy rating also improved. Its front-wheel-drive models can return 23/29 mpg (city/highway), higher by one mpg in the city. Previously, the 2.0-liter engine was not available with all-wheel drive, but for 2014 it can be, leading to efficiency ratings of 21/25 mpg. The 2.4-liter inline-four engine used in the Tucson SE and Limited received a boost of power from 176 hp and 168 lb-ft to 182 hp and 177 lb-ft.
Currently, fuel economy decreases from 21/30 mpg to 21/28 mpg with front-wheel drive while all-wheel-drive models expect efficiency to fall from 20/27 mpg to 20/25 mpg. The 2014 Hyundai Tucson has the following as new standard equipment: a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and cupholder illumination. The beige and brown interior trims are available. So is the Limited trim that trades its traditional antenna for a sleek “sharkfin” design.
In addition, a backup camera is standard on the SE model while models with a panoramic sunroof can now have roof rails installed on it. The 2014 Hyundai Tucson GLS has a starting price of $22,305 (which includes an $855 destination charge) with front-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the version with all-wheel drive costs $23,805. The base model used to be referred to as GL while the upper two trim levels are dubbed GLS and Limited.
However, the ordering has been amended for 2014. The GLS has the following equipment as standard: a set of 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-speed automatic transmission, keyless entry with an alarm, Bluetooth, satellite radio and iPod connectivity, and air conditioning. Then there’s the Tucson SE, which has the additional features of roof rails, fog lights, automatic headlights, leatherette seat bolsters, heated front seats, a touchscreen audio system with backup camera, and glovebox illumination.
It is priced at $24,355 with front-wheel drive and $25,855 with all-wheel drive. The 2014 Hyundai Tucson Limited comes with a set of 18-inch wheels, a chrome front grille, chrome door handles, push-button start, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and a windshield wiper de-icer. It is priced at $27,055 with front-wheel drive and $28,555 with all-wheel drive. The Limited Technology package, which costs $2650, comes with a panoramic sunroof, a navigation system, an enhanced sound system with 360-watt subwoofer, and LED taillights. [source: Hyundai]