With previous models being somewhat disappointing, the latest Hyundai Tucson has made enough exterior and interior changes to rival most competitors. Add to that the Hyundai’s complimentary maintenance, which covers you for 36,000 miles, and its 100,000/10-year warranty, and you can bet this compact SUV will be a class leader.
Hyundai offers six trims of the 2021 Tucson with various features. So, if you’re looking for a panoramic sunroof, you’ll be happy to know one trim offers it standard.
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson’s lower trim levels
The base-model Hyundai Tucson SE starts at an affordable $23,700. Though it’s budget-friendly, it offers the weakest engine. Its 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder produces a meager 161 hp. Acceleration is sluggish and underwhelming. However, it offers decent fuel-economy estimates. When driving on city roads, you can expect to get around 23 mpg. On the highway, you can get up to 28 mpg.
The next trim level up is the Value, priced at $25,150. You can expect pretty much the same as the SE trim, but with a few extra amenities. This model comes with an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry and push-button start technology, and roof side rails.
Then there’s the SEL, which costs $26,100 to start. This model comes with a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine producing 181 hp. Paired with it is a six-speed automatic transmission. You’ll also get dual automatic temperature control, 18-inch alloy wheels, floor console-mounted rear vents, and chrome-tipped dual exhausts.
The Tucson Sport trim
This model is priced at $28,250 and has the same engine as the SEL and the same fuel-economy ratings as the cheaper trims. What sets this model apart is its 19-inch wheels and a hands-free liftgate that automatically opens if you’re near it with your proximity key. It also comes with wireless device charging, full LED headlights, and fog lights.
The Sport trim also offers a nice list of amenities. They include an Infinity premium audio system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink to open your garage door and community gate remotely, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob.
As with all the other models in the Tucson lineup, HTRAC all-wheel drive is available as an upgrade if you want to spend the extra money. Also, as with other Tucson trims, the Sport provides with 31 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear row and 69 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson’s 2 highest trim levels
The Hyundai Tucson’s top-of-the-line trims are the Limited and Ultimate. They offer the most features, but they’re also the most expensive. The Limited starts at $29,400 and provides much of what you’ll find with the lower trims.
However, it stands out for its luxuriousness. Inside, you’ll find premium leather covering all the seats, a heated steering wheel, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. You’ll also find chrome accents on the front grille, trim pieces, and even the door handles.
The Ultimate trim is the top-of-the-line. Priced at $32,050, it’s the only Tucson model with a sunroof, and it’s panoramic. You’ll also get a smart cruise control feature with start and stop technology, an 8.0-inch color touchscreen infotainment system with built-in navigation. Also, expect a 4.2-inch color LCD on the instrument panel and advanced safety features like forward-collision avoidance assistance with pedestrian alert.
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson is an impressive SUV that offers trim levels for various needs, tastes, and budgets. If you’re more interested in affordability, one of the lower trims will do you well with some basic features. If you’d rather go for luxury, especially a panoramic sunroof, the Ultimate model is your best bet.