2014 Hyundai Tucson

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2014 Hyundai Tucson offers Great Value

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The newly freshened five-passenger Hyundai Tucson receives a sleeker look and a new line up for 2014. Hyundai has dropped the base GL with its manual transmission and added a new SE trim level and the GLS is now offered in an all-wheel drive. LED daytime running lights have been added to its list of standard features while a 4.3-inch color audio touchscreen gets added to the SE and Limited trim levels.

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is offered in three surprisingly well-equipped trim levels- GLS, SE and Limited. Front-wheel drive is standard is standard however all-wheel drive is available across the board. It is also very affordable with a starting price of $21,450. Opting for a fully loaded Limited with all-wheel drive will set you back about $32 grand but that is still a fair price considering everything that you get.

The standard engine of choice on the entry level GLS is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that returns an estimated 23 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, LED accent lighting, full power accessories, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth®, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a 6-speaker sounds system with an iPod®/USB interface.

Stepping up to the SE will get you the more powerful 2.4-liter engine that delivers an estimated 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. It also includes all features from the GLS plus heated mirrors, roof side rails, automatic headlights, fog lamps, leatherette and cloth combination upholstery, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a 4.3-inch color audio touchscreen and a rearview camera system.

Opting for the top-of-the-line Tucson Limited will add 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior accent trim, side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, windshield wiper de-icers, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and Blue Link®. Blue Link® is designed to connect via your smart phone to help you locate anything from a gas station to a short route and learn more about mechanical issues.

The Technology Package (Limited only) will add features like a panoramic sunroof, LED brake lights, a 7-inch color touch navigation system, HD radio and a premium 360-watt sound system to the tune of $2,650.

 Styling, decent fuel economy, sporty handling, lots of features for little dough

 So-so rear seat space and comfort, pokey 2.0-liter base engine, limited cargo space

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Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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