Hyundai entered into the compact sport utility vehicle segment in 2004 with the Hyundai Tucson. The athletic and versatile Tucson was originally offered as a front-wheel-drive, or four-wheel drive CUV with a 2.0-liter engine.
The 2015 Hyundai Tucson marks the end of the crossover vehicle’s third generation, and while it did not undergo any major transformations, the Tucson has been upgraded in 2015 with more standard features than previous models. Drivers will appreciate the option to choose from three different trim levels, each offering unique features and convenient amenities.
The amount of standard features, along with Hyundai’s unique Fluidic Sculpture design, helps the Tucson beat out tough competition like the 2015 Kia Sportage. The 2015 Hyundai Tucson is as practical as it is fun to drive, and the third generation of the CUV is going out with a bang.
As with any vehicle, available and standard features are included on different model levels. The Hyundai Tucson is offered in three different model levels for 2015, including the base GLS, middle of the road SE, and top of the line Limited. Each model offers a unique list of standard features, and range in price from $21,650, to $26,450. Regardless of what your needs are, there is a Hyundai Tucson to match them.
GLS - The 2015 Tucson GLS is the base model of the popular CUV, and has a starting MSRP of only $21,650. Offered with a 2.0-liter front wheel drive engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and Active Eco Assist, the Tucson GLS gets a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg. The list of standard features is quite extensive for the price, and includes the following:
Exterior: 17-inch alloy wheels is where the rubber meets the road, and the unique exterior styling only goes up from there. Body color door handles, dual fold-away power body color side mirrors, variable intermittent windshield wipers, rear window wipers, remote keyless entry, solar front glass and privacy rear glass, projector headlights with LED accents, and a body color rear spoiler with LED brake lights, all add to the exterior amenities for the Tucson GLS.
-Power windows with driver’s auto-down and power door locks
-6-way adjustable driver seat
-Cloth seating surfaces
-Center armrest with storage compartment
-Dual front vanity mirrors
-Overhead sunglass storage
-Steering wheel mounted audio, Bluetooth, and cruise controls
-Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
-iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks with iPod cable included
-Bluetooth Hands-free phone system
-Multifunction trip computer
Safety: None of the interior or exterior features matter if a vehicle can’t keep its passengers safe. Hyundai is known for its safety, and that element was not compromised in the Tucson GLS. All three trim levels come packed with the same safety equipment which includes:
-Traction control system
-Anti-lock braking system
-Electronic brake-force distribution
-Downhill brake control
-Hillstart assist control
-Active front head restraints
SE - The 2015 Hyundai Tucson SE has a starting MSRP of only $23,700, and offers a slightly longer list of standard features than the GLS. The differences in the SE start under the hood, with a more powerful 2.4-liter engine that gets 182 horsepower, and 177 lb.-ft. of torque, for a combined fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon.
Exterior: The exterior of the Tucson SE features the same equipment and design details as the GLS, but also includes the following:
-Heated side mirrors
-Roof side rails
-Front fog lights
Interior: The Tucson SE boasts a more equipped interior cabin, with the same comfort that Hyundai drivers have come to expect. The SE is packed with all of the same standard features as the GLS, as well as these extras:
-Floor console-mounted rear HVAC vents
-8-way power driver seat with power lumbar support
-Heated front seats
-Illuminated dual front vanity mirrors
-4.3-inch color touchscreen audio display
Limited - The highest level of amenities is featured on the 2015 Tucson Limited model, which starts off at just $26,450. It comes With the same engine and drivetrain as the SE, and the same safety features.
Exterior: 18-inch alloy wheels come standard on the Tucson Limited, and along with the same features that the GLS and SE have, the Limited also boasts the following:
-Chrome accent front grille
-Chrome exterior door handles
-Side mirror-mounted turn-signal indicators
-Front windshield wiper de-icer
-LED tail lights
-Shark fin antenna
-Proximity key entry with push button start
-Dual automatic temperature control with CleanAir Ionizer
-Leather seating surfaces
-Retractable cargo cover
-Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
-Auto dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink
-Blue Link Telematics System
The 2015 Hyundai Tucson was built to stand out amongst even the toughest competitors. It achieves that goal, going above and beyond segment standards. Check out how the 2015 Tucson stands up to the 2015 Kia Sportage:
Price - The Tucson starts at just $21,650, while the Sportage has a starting MSRP of $21,900. While the $300 different doesn’t seem like a lot, that is extra money that can be used at the pump.
Efficiency - Kia Sportage owners are going to need that extra $300 for gas. The Sportage gets 21 mpg in the city, and 28 on the highway - while the Tucson gets 23 city mpg, and 29 highway mpg.
Space - The 2015 Tucson boasts plenty of passenger volume, with an impressive 101.9 cubic feet of it. Kia Sportage passengers will feel cramped in the only 99.5 cubic-feet of space, which includes the driver seat.
In those three categories alone, the 2015 Hyundai Tucson is the clear-cut winner.
The 2015 Hyundai Tucson grabs the attention of all drivers on the road, and for good reason. The compact crossover looks more unique than any other crossover available, thanks to Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design and engineering.
Hyundai designers based the Fluidic Sculpture design identity on various elements in nature, focused on the continuously adaptable and changing environment. This exact design philosophy is what gives the 2015 Hyundai Tucson its distinct, sleek, and luxurious exterior appearance.