The new generation of the Tucson crossover is really interesting and draws attention. But, the company significantly increased the price of the vehicle. However, you are getting a lot more. The 2023 Hyundai Tucson comes with an attractive design. Even the competition is now following novelties by the Korean carmaker. The hybrid engine is another reason to worry about. Hyundai is serious and delivers the crossover with 38 mpg. That is not all – the Tucson PHEV is also available, with more power and some electric driving range. As the cherry on top of the cake could be the performance-oriented 2023 Tucson N version (not the existing N-Line package).
The company is not going to change anything for the 2023 Hyundai Tucson. The crossover is new, with fresh styling, outside and inside. The exterior design is eye-catching, the interior is more comfortable than before, and packed with more features. A wide choice of engines lets you choose the best configuration. It is hard to find the downside of the new Tucson after a few months of sales. The reliability and quality of the material question still cause some doubts. Still, Hyundai made a debut in the luxury class with the Genesis brand, and experts are not disappointed.
2023 Hyundai Tucson Engine, Hybrid, PHEV
The standard Tucson is getting power from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit with 187 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. These are average outputs for the compact crossover class. An eight-speed transmission sends power to front wheels by default, or to both axles if buyers pay $1,500. The towing capacity of the small crossover is 2,000 pounds, which is not a bad result. Still, if you need a hauler, then Santa Fe and Palisade are better options. The gas mileage of the base model is 29 mpg and drops to 26 with all-wheel drive.
The 2023 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid is going to replace a 2.5-liter unit with a smaller petrol displacement. A 1.6-liter mill is turbocharged and in the combination with batteries, delivers 225 horsepower. The same 8-speed gearbox is a power router. The system returns 38 mpg and only a couple of vehicles in the same segment can do it better. Toyota Rav4 returns 40 mpg combined, and Ford Escape 41, while the Honda CR-V is at the same level. The towing capacity is the same as for the standard configuration.
Finally, there is the 2023 Hyundai Tucson PHEV. Instead of a 44.2-kW electric motor, the plug-in hybrid is going to deploy a 66.9-kW battery. Converted to power, that would be 260 horsepower and the gas mileage drops to 35 mpg. Maximum towing capacity is also suffering. It drops to 1,600 pounds. The electric range is not official yet. Experts believe the Tucson PHEV is going to be able to go 35 miles using only electric power.
Highlights of the entry-level 2023 Hyundai Tucson are the 8-inch touchscreen, wireless smartphone apps and 17-inch wheels. The SEL improves safety with the blind-spot collision avoidance and cross-traffic avoidance assist. The BlueLink multimedia comes with the latest generation of infotainment features. The front seats are heated. You can also build up the SEL model with the Convenience package that adds a larger driver’s display, power liftgate with hands-free functions, and 19-inch wheels. With the Premium package, you are getting leather seats, dark grille, and ventilated front seats.
The 2023 Hyundai Tucson N Line is a unique bundle of features that boosts interior and exterior styling. Bumpers, seats, and a few other parts will make it more distinctive. Bose delivers a premium sound system. The Limited edition gives you top-notch upgrades for $38,000, such as huge 10-inch navigation, 360-degree camera, park assist, and heated steering wheel.
The Hybrid model comes with a special Blue Hybrid package, or you can pick SEL Convenience or Limited. The XRT is an off-road rugged bundle, which is not a permanent member of the lineup.
2023 Hyundai Tucson N Performance Model
The N Line is not what we mean when speaking of the 2023 Hyundai Tucson N. The performance edition of the crossover SUV is going to boost outputs and enhance the styling. The vehicle already has plenty of options, but the N Performance package is something fans expect for a few years. We can predict outputs for Tucson by comparing to other vehicles with such upgrades. The 2023 Tucson N Performance will deliver between 275 and 290 hp. Expect 0-60 mph acceleration taking around 5 seconds.
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The base Tucson is going to be available at $26,500. Still, most buyers add about $3,000 for the SEL, which is eligible for further upgrades – Convenience and Premium package. The N Line comes with a price tag of $34,000 and the top of the line model is $38,000 Limited. A Blue Hybrid is going to cost you $31,000. Limited Hybrid ends up close to $40k, and versions that could beat this in 2023 are the N Performance and PHEV.