2014 Hyundai Tucson: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: New engines with gasoline direct injection; standard six-speed automatic transmission; automatically adjusting shock absorbers; AWD available on base GLS model

Price change: $550-$600 higher on SE and Limited

On sale: Early October

Which you should buy, 2013 or 2014? 2014. New engines, more standard features and prices are up roughly $550 to $600.

Hyundai's compact crossover SUV has two new engines for 2014 and a revised batch of trim levels to keep shoppers on their toes.

A base 2.0-liter four-cylinder generates 164 horsepower and is standard on the GLS, which is now the base trim level in the Tucson lineup. There is no GL model for 2014.

All models have a standard six-speed automatic transmission; last year's five-speed manual, which was only available on the GL, is no longer offered.

The SE is a new trim level and slots between the GLS and the top-shelf Limited. It is equipped similarly to last year's GLS. Confused yet?

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A 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder is standard on the SE and Limited. Both the 2.4- and 2.0-liter engines have gasoline direct injection, a feature that generally means better performance and better fuel economy. With these GDI engines, however, fuel economy is down slightly on most versions.

Last year, the GLS came with a 2.4-liter engine. This year it has the new 2.0-liter, and the price is $1,495 lower to reflect that change. Prices on other models are up $550 to $600. All three trim levels are available with front- or all-wheel drive (last year's GL was front drive only).

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Bluetooth cellphone connectivity is standard on all models, and the navigation system available on the Limited gets a 7-inch touch-screen and HD Radio technology. A 4.3-inch touch-screen and backup camera are standard on the SE and Limited. Exterior changes for 2014 include new projector-type headlights with LED accents and LED taillights.

The Tucson was last redesigned for the 2010 model year, so this year's changes indicate the present model will likely be around through 2015.

Sales are down this year, in part because the Tucson has been overshadowed by recently redesigned compact crossovers, such as the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape along with newcomers like Mazda's CX-5. There isn't a glut of 2013 Tucsons collecting dust on dealer lots, though, and Hyundai hasn't poured on the incentives, so it pays to shop more than one location for the best deal.

2014s are arriving at dealerships now, so you have time to do some research.

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By Rick Popely | October 7, 2013 | Comments (6)

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Atum

I hope these updates help the Tucson, as the one my dad test drove in 2012 was quite noisy.

Michele

I bought a2013 tuscan limited awd about 7 months ago. It's the best decision I ever made. I absolutely love this car. Thanks Hyundai

I was hoping to see a power liftgate on this model. They're making me buy from another manufacturer. :-(

Randy

I have 2013 Tucson Limited in San Juan PR and I love this SUV here, for the gym, beach and to go around the island is the best. I just looove my Tucson. Thanx Hyundai

Madeleine Perkins

I just bought a 2014 and the improvements are noticeable..less noise,easier Nav system,better ride. I, too had hoped for an auto liftgate as I bought the car to easily load stuff and this would be a real asset. Add it, please.

Madeleine Perkins

Forgot to say I had a 2012 Limited and bought a 2014 Limited so I can really notice the positive differences.

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