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New Crossover SUV Off-Road Review: 2014 Hyundai Tucson on Everyman Driver

2014 Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson, known for its combination of style and function, adds even more value in 2014 with advanced 2.0-liter Nu and 2.4-liter Theta II Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines, enhancing torque and engine responsiveness. With GDI standard on Tucson, like its big-brother Santa Fe, every Hyundai CUV now features this performance-enhancing technology.

Tucson is the first Hyundai to receive the 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine in the United States. It will be applied to other models later in the 2014 model year.

2014 Hyundai Tucson on Everyman Driver with Dave EricksonAll Tucson models utilize a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. For 2014, the gated gear shifter has been upgraded to a straight-type with boot for ease of use. Tucson models feature Hyundai’s Active ECO System. Active ECO modifies engine and transmission control to smooth out throttle response. By turning on Active ECO, drivers can realize up to a 5-7 percent increase in real-world fuel economy.

2014 Hyundai Tucson on Everyman Driver with Dave Erickson New for 2014:

Performance Enhancements

  • New 2.0-liter Nu and 2.4-liter Theta II GDI inline four-cylinder engines replace Multi Port Injection (MPI) engines
  • Standard SACHS amplitude selective dampers for better ride quality
  • Entry-level Tucson GLS with 2.0-liter Nu engine now available with AWD

Safety and Technology Enhancements

  • Standard Blue Link and Hyundai Assurance Connected Care on Tucson Limited
  • Third generation navigation with larger seven-inch touchscreen and HD Radio technology
  • Standard Bluetooth hands-free phone system
  • 4.3-inch color LCD touchscreen audio with rearview camera

Interior Enhancements

  • Two-stage reclining 60/40 split rear seats
  • Standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Floor console mounted rear vents
  • Standard-steering-wheel mounted audio and cruise controls
  • Cupholder illumination
  • New interior colors, beige and brown

Exterior Enhancements

  • New projector headlights with LED accents
  • LED taillights
  • Shark-fin antenna on Limited trim
  • Roof side rails with panoramic sunroof
  • New 17-inch (standard) and 18-inch (optional) alloy wheel designs

VIDEO BELOW: Detailed Drive and Review of the 2014 Hyundai Tucson on Everyman Driver with Dave Erickson.

To make Tucson even more versatile, Hyundai engineers added an advanced electronic AWD system. The AWD system will automatically activate under any driving condition when needed, distributing the power equally and optimizing driving performance. Under normal driving, the system only distributes power to the front wheels, thereby reducing fuel consumption. The system includes a driver-selectable AWD lock allowing for a 50/50 torque split between the front and rear wheels for off-road and very slippery conditions. The entry-level 2014 Tucson GLS with the 2.0-liter Nu engine will also offer AWD for the first time. AWD was not available on the entry-level 2013 Tucson GL.

For even more driver control, the 2014 Tucson features Hyundai’s Hillstart Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC). HAC is designed to minimize rolling backwards on steep ascents. By selecting the DBC switch, the Hydro-Electronic Control unit manages the wheel speed sensors, steering angle sensor and acceleration sensor to maintain control and speed on steep declines without having to use the brake. DBC is not available on any other vehicles in the segment and is typically found on luxury SUVs with much higher price tags.

VIDEO BELOW: Off-Road Drive and Review of the 2014 Hyundai Tucson on Everyman Driver with Dave Erickson.

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