Value is a tenet to five-seat compact SUV shoppers, and one that automakers are eager to satisfy. Debuting at the 2018 New York Auto Show, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson seeks to expand on that trait by offering new standard safety and entertainment features, such as forward collision mitigation and improved phone integration.
The updated 2019 Tucson comes standard with two active safety features that were previously available only on higher trim levels. The forward collision warning system looks ahead for vehicles and pedestrians, and it alerts the driver if an impact is imminent. This system can also apply the brakes automatically to mitigate an impact. The other feature, lane keeping assist, notifies the driver if it detects the vehicle drifting from its lane above 40 mph. Hyundai has added new optional safety and driver assistance technology as well, such as adaptive cruise control, auto high beams and a top-view camera system
Under the hood, the 2019 Tucson retains its base 164-horsepower 2.0-liter engine, which comes standard on the SE and Value trim levels. Jumping up to SEL, Sport or Limited models provides a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which replaces the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine found in last year's model. With 181 hp, the 2.4-liter is more powerful, but we suspect it will be slightly less fuel-efficient than the outgoing engine. Whatever engine you choose, the Tucson comes with a six-speed automatic and optional all-wheel drive.
Inside, the standard 7-inch entertainment display now sits on top of the redesigned center console, and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay comes standard on the base model. You might not notice the updated seats, rearview mirror or electric parking brake, but shoppers will appreciate new phone-charging options. The SEL gains a USB port for the second row, while the Limited has a Qi wireless charging pad up front.
Exterior updates are subtle, consisting of an updated grille, a "shark fin" antenna, and newly designed headlights, taillights and daytime running lights. Hyundai says the overall look aims to evoke the style of the larger Santa Fe SUV. The Limited now wears chrome trim below its side windows, while available wheels — all restyled — range in size from 17 inches to 19 inches.
Overall, the new Tucson's expanded roster of active safety equipment keeps it competitive with similar five-seat compact SUVs such as the popular Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. The 2019 Hyundai Tucson arrives at dealers this fall.