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The 2013 Hyundai Tucson has Arrived

As one of the new iterations of a CUV – crossover utility vehicle – the Hyundai Tucson 2013 edition looks like it is being very well received, especially since the 2012 version seemed to do so well.

The Hyundai Tucson is a great compact SUV for people who have small families and like to go on a lot of vacations. Its ability to bundle safety and comfort inside a roomy interior set it apart from the rest in the CUV field.

2013 Hyundai Tucson Review

The 2013 Hyundai Tucson comes with anti-lock brakes standard, as well as a six airbag setup which ensures that both front seat and back seat passengers are protected in case of a collision. The safety record of the Tucson in general has been quite impressive, leading it to be named one of the safest CUVs on the road according to the NHTSA.

The term “Top Safety Pick” doesn’t get thrown around a whole lot when it comes to vehicles, since it is reserved only for the absolute safest vehicles available. The 2012 Hyundai Tucson received that honor, and the 2013 Hyundai Tucson is just as safe, if not safer. When you get behind the wheel of a Tucson, you can trust that it will get you from point A to point B safely and comfortably.

Hyundai Tucson Engine Specs

The 2 liter I-4 engine in the Hyundai Tucson does the job, but it isn’t quite as powerful compared to some of the other CUVs on the market.Hyundai Tucson 2013 With 165 horsepower under the hood, it leaves a little to be desired in the power category, but overall, the engine is adequate for both the price and the space you get on the inside.

Since the GL trim of the Hyundai Tucson 2013 edition doesn’t come in 4 wheel drive like some other small crossover utility vehicles, it may have a little bit of trouble going on dirt roads or driving in dangerous road conditions. However, you shouldn’t let this stop you from purchasing a Tucson since it stands overall in safety.

Fuel Economy

For a CUV, the 2013 Hyundai Tucson gets decent gas mileage with 20 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. Compared to other CUVs, this is about par for the course. With a larger engine, there is going to be some loss in fuel efficiency, but that is to be expected with pretty much any other vehicle in its class.
What the Hyundai Tucson 2013 version lacks in fuel efficiency, it makes up for it in cargo capacity.

You are going to save a lot more fuel if you only have to make one trip somewhere because of the 55 cubic feet of storage space as opposed to making two or more trips in a car with less storage space. This large capacity is one of the hallmarks of a good CUV, making it very useful for those looking to utilize cargo space to its max.


The price of the Tucson is well in line with other CUVs at around $19,000 before any rebates or discounts are applied. For what you would be getting, at that price, the Tuc2013 Hyundai Tucsonson is quite a value. Also included Hyundai’s 5 year/60,000 mile warranty which is one of the best manufacturer warranties among CUV makers. You really won’t have to worry about something going wrong that can set you back hundreds or thousands of dollars since the warranty will pretty much cover anything that pertains to the vehicle hardware itself.

You can upgrade to the GLS or Limited trim for a little more money, but with it, you will get a stronger engine and 4 wheel drive. Whether or not that is worth the few thousand dollars extra is up to you, but it is nice that Hyundai at least gives you the option.

Final Verdict

Overall, the 2013 Tucson looks very impressive as it continues the trend of Hyundai boasting the best CUV on the market. This is evident in the fact that the Tucson doesn’t have a lot of changes over the previous year, which begs the question; why would it if it’s already the best CUV in its class?