2014 Hyundai Tucson Adds Direct-Injection Engines, More Equipment

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson receives a visual face-lift, direct-injection engines, new shock absorbers, and more standard equipment, the automaker revealed today in a statement. The 2014 Hyundai Tucson goes on sale this fall.

Both of the 2014 Hyundai Tucson engines have been upgraded with direct fuel injection, replacing multiport fuel injection on the old model. The base Tucson GLS's 2.0-liter inline-four engine now offers 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, an increase of five lb-ft compared to last year. Better still, fuel economy has increased. Front-wheel-drive models now achieve 23/29 mpg (city/highway), up one mpg in the city. The 2.0-liter engine was not previously offered with all-wheel drive, but for 2014 it can be, resulting in efficiency ratings of 21/25 mpg.

In the Tucson SE and Limited, the 2.4-liter inline-four engine sees power rise from 176 hp and 168 lb-ft to 182 hp and 177 lb-ft. At the same time, fuel economy falls from 21/30 mpg to 21/28 mpg with front-wheel drive; all-wheel-drive models see efficiency drop from 20/27 mpg to 20/25 mpg.

Our spy photographers had caught camouflaged models that hinted the 2014 Hyundai Tucson would receive a face lift this year. The main changes are projector-style headlights with LED running lights, optional LED taillights, and new wheel designs. Beneath the sheetmetal, Sachs Amplitude Selective Damping shock absorbers become standard, which Hyundai claims improves both ride and handling.

New standard equipment for the 2014 Hyundai Tucson includes a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and cupholder illumination. Beige and brown interior trims become available, the Limited trim swaps its traditional antenna for a sleek "sharkfin" design, a backup camera becomes standard on the SE model, and models with a panoramic sunroof can now also be equipped with roof rails.

Pricing for the 2014 Hyundai Tucson GLS starts at $22,305 (including an $855 destination charge) with front- and $23,805 with all-wheel drive. Previously, the base model was called GL, and the upper two trim levels with GLS and Limited, but that ordering has been adjusted for 2014. Standard equipment on the GLS includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-speed automatic transmission, keyless entry with an alarm, Bluetooth, satellite radio and iPod connectivity, and air conditioning.

Moving up to the Tucson SE adds roof rails, fog lights, automatic headlights, leatherette seat bolsters, heated front seats, a touchscreen audio system with backup camera, and glovebox illumination. It costs $24,355 with front-wheel drive and $25,855 with all-wheel drive.

Finally, the 2014 Hyundai Tucson Limited adds 18-inch wheels, a chrome front grille, chrome door handles, push-button start, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and a windshield wiper de-icer. It costs $27,055 with front-wheel drive and $28,555 with all-wheel drive. The $2650 Limited Technology package adds a panoramic sunroof, a navigation system, an upgraded sound system with 360-watt subwoofer, and LED taillights.

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