The 2021 Hyundai Tucson is officially available for consumers at local Hyundai dealerships. There are some exciting improvements upon the 2020 Hyundai Tucson, and this review highlights the specifications, key features, advantages and potential drawbacks of the newest model. 

An overview

The Tucson has been one of Hyundai’s most sought after models since its arrival in the early 2000s. The 2021 Hyundai Tucson is a compact SUV that comfortably seats a family of five. . There are six different models for customers to choose from, which are the SE, Value, SEL, Sport, Limited and Ultimate models. The Hyundai Tucson SEL may offer the most value for the price, whereas buyers who are willing to spend more can upgrade to the Limited or Ultimate model. 

The specifications

The specifications remain relatively similar to the 2020 Hyundai Tucson. The following are several key specifications:

  • Front engine
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 26 MPG
  • 0 to 60 in 8.8 sec.
  • Braking 70 to 0 in 186 ft.
  • 6-speed automatic transmission\

As it related to the performance of competitor models from other manufacturers, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson performs quite well. It has not received as high of a rating on average as it relates to handling or fuel-efficiency, but it does drive well overall with no noticeable concerns. 

What the 2021 Hyundai Tucson offers

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson receives glowing feedback in many areas. The following is a review of the performance, comfort infotainment system, safety, fuel efficiency and price of the 2021 version of the Hyundai Tucson. 


It is hard to find fault with the performance of the 2021 Hyundai Tucson. It features a four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic. Depending on the model, drivers can enjoy a 164 horsepower 2.0 liter, or they can upgrade to a 2.4 liter (181 horsepower) with an upgraded model. As mentioned, the 0 to 60 time is 8.8 seconds and the 0 to 100 time 26.1 seconds, which is not overwhelming for a compact SUV. The braking and handling are not overwhelming, but most customers do not experience any noticeable issues. 


The comfort level of the 2021 Hyundai Tucson is rated by Edmunds as the SUV’s top feature. You are not going to be disappointed with how the riding experience of the ‘21 Tucson, making it perfect for families that travel a lot. The interior cloth seating offers exceptional comfort, and the car handles non-ideal road conditions seamlessly. The ride is also quiet, blocking out noise from the car engine, wind and other noises. There is also an ample amount of space for a family of five to sit comfortably.


In addition to the high-rated comfort of the ‘21 Hyundai Tucson, this model also has a great infotainment system. The seven-inch touchscreen display is easy to use and provides information in an easy to understand manner while driving. If you upgrade to the Limited or Ultimate model, you can enjoy an 8-inch display. The voice controls are reliable as well. The infotainment system also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. 

Safety & drive assist

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson has a range of important safety features, including but not limited to automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. It also received awards in its abilities during crash testing. When compared to similar models, the ‘21 Hyundai Tucson is on par or better than most models as it pertains to safety and driver-assist capabilities. This allows for an easy drive and optimal safety for the driver and their family. 

Fuel efficiency

As mentioned, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson gets an average of 26 miles per gallon. It gets 22 miles per gallon in the city and an average of 28 miles per gallon on highways. This is less fuel-efficient than top competitors such as the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester, although the fuel efficiency is not a major cause for concern. 

Pricing & warranty

The price of the 2021 Hyundai Tucson $23,700 to $33,450. The price breakdown based on the specific model is as follows:

  • SE – $24,875
  • Value – $26,325
  • SEL – $27,275
  • Sport – $29,425
  • Limited – $30,575
  • Ultimate – $33,225

This makes it an overall great value when comparing it to similar models. Prospective buyers that want a reliable model but do not need all of the bells and whistles that are offered with the Limited and Ultimate version can enjoy a great vehicle with the 2021 Hyundai Tucson SE for under $25,000.  Hyundai is well-known for offering the most competitive warranty packages. Covered scheduled maintenance. There are three warranties to choose between, which are the limited, powertrain and complimentary warranties. 

The pros and cons of the 2021 Hyundai Tucson

To summarize this review, let’s take a look at the pros and cons that we have discussed. The most notable benefits of the 2021 Hyundai Tucson include:

  • Excellent safety and driver-assist features
  • A comfortable ride that blocks outside noises
  • Easy to use touchscreen infotainment system
  • Great warranty coverage options to choose

The notable drawbacks the 2021 Hyundai Tucson may have when compared to similar models from competitor car manufacturers include:

  • Less than ideal fuel efficiency rating
  • Acceleration and braking is not as good
  • Not as much cargo space as competitors

Overall, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson is a great value, offering all that you can desire out of a family vehicle for an excellent price (under $30,000). While there are some areas where the Tucson may not match competitors, the overall value is as good or better than most similar models that are similarly priced. 

The bottom line

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson is a great choice for families that need a dependable and comfortable vehicle to use daily and for long trips. Children enjoy the spacious backseat, and parents can enjoy the luxury of ample storage space, the quietness of the ride and the ease of use of the infotainment system and safety features.

Aaron Westbury
Aaron is a content writer with a passion for cars. He enjoys learning new things and loves to share what he learns with others. Aaron also has a Bachelor's in English and years of experience as a writer, and he constantly seeks to improve and make his writing more informative and helpful for readers. Although a writer by day, Aaron enjoys his free time by getting outdoors and staying active anyway he can.

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    1. The cons outweigh the pros a bit to me. Also it could use some more style. But that is just me.

    2. I agree I think the cons win, I think there are better options than this when buying a compact SUV

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