2019 vs. 2018 Hyundai Tucson: What's Different?


The Hyundai Tucson was already a great SUV, and it’s recently become even better. After a refresh for the current year, the new 2019 Hyundai Tucson features several improvements over an already solid 2018 version. Here’s a look at what’s different between the 2019 and 2018 Hyundai Tucson SUVs.


Exterior: More Modern Styling

The most immediately striking difference on the 2019 Hyundai Tucson is an updated look that provides a more modern feel. The front grille, headlights, and taillights have all been redesigned, as has the front and rear fascias, and wheels.

While clearly different from last year’s version, the new 2019 Tucson is still clearly the next generation of the model. If you’ve loved the generally stylish and sleek feel of past versions, you won’t be disappointed with this one.


Mechanical: Two Engine Options

Rather than providing three engine options, Hyundai has dropped the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and now only offers two power configurations. Deleting the mid-level 1.6-liter turbo, however, doesn’t significantly impact the lineups capabilities. The two remaining options are more than sufficient:

  • The standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque and meets most people’s general driving needs
  • The available 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder increases output to 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, boosting acceleration significantly

Both engines are paired with a smooth six-speed automatic transmission, and front- or rear-wheel drive are available with either four-cylinder.


Interior: Standard 7-Inch Touchscreen

Upgrading last year’s 5-inch infotainment display, the new 2019 Hyundai Tucson’s center column has been fully redone in order to incorporate a larger standard 7-inch touchscreen. Included on the touchscreen are both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (An 8-inch touchscreen is available.)


Safety: Standard Driver-Assist Technologies

The list of standard features is also increased when it comes to safety, and the improvements here are significant. All 2019 Hyundai Tucson comes with a forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, automated emergency braking, and lane keeping assist. Considering these previously were only available on the 2018 Hyundai Tucson Limited when outfitted with the Ultimate package, now that they’re standard the features are much more accessible.


Price: Still an Affordable SUV

Despite these multiple improvements, the price of the Hyundai Tucson hasn’t increased dramatically. The model is still highly affordable and one of the best value-oriented midsize SUVs on the market. MSRPs for the 2019 Hyundai Tucson SE start at just $23,200 before discounts and incentives, and the price of adding all-wheel drive remains unchanged at $1,400.


See the 2019 Hyundai Tucson

To see the 2019 Hyundai Tucson in person, make the drive from Cicero, Des Plaines or other nearby neighborhoods to McGrath City Hyundai at 6750 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. Open six days a week and carrying a large inventory of new Hyundais, McGrath City Hyundai is the place to test-drive a new 2019 Hyundai Tucson in Chicago.

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