What's New for 2013:
- GLS adds standard heated front seats, fog lights, automatic headlights
- Limited adds standard Proximity Key entry and push-button ignition
The 2013 Hyundai Tucson is available in GL, GLS and Limited trim levels. All are equipped with standard power side mirrors, while the GLS and Limited are equipped with aluminum wheels.
The 2013 Tucson GL comes standard with cloth seats, trip computer, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, and a stereo with a USB/iPod connection, auxiliary audio input jack, and satellite radio with a free 3-month subscription to service.
The Tucson GLS includes soft interior surface treatments plus a telescopic steering wheel, cloth/leatherette seats, heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and cruise control. The GLS also includes aluminum wheels, upgraded suspension, heated side mirrors with turn signal repeaters, fog lights, automatic headlights, and dark tinted privacy glass.
The most expensive trim level is the Tucson Limited, which adds 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control with a CleanAir ionizer, Proximity Key entry with push-button start, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink universal remote, and a windshield wiper de-icer grid.
The Limited is available with a Premium package that contains a panoramic sunroof, navigation system, premium sound system, and reversing camera.
Under the Hood
The Tucson GL is equipped with a 165-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Power is delivered to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission with a manual shift gate.
The Tucson GLS and Limited trims are equipped with a 176-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that meets Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) standards in certain states. A 6-speed Shiftronic automatic is the only transmission choice, and these models can be equipped with an optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that features the ability to lock the power split evenly between the front and rear wheels.
Models with an automatic transmission include Active ECO technology, which Hyundai says can improve fuel economy by 7% when engaged.
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Hyundai Tucson are:
- Tucson GL 2WD with manual transmission: 20/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Tucson GL 2WD with automatic transmission: 23/31/26 mpg
- Tucson GLS/Limited 2WD with automatic transmission: 22/32/25 mpg
- Tucson GLS/Limited AWD with automatic transmission: 21/28/23 mpg
Every 2013 Hyundai Tucson is equipped with 6 air bags, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction and stability control system, downhill brake control, and hill-start assist. A reversing camera is optional on Limited models.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2013 Tucson a 4-star (out of 5 stars) overall crash-test rating. As this overview is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the 2013 Tucson. However, the structurally identical 2012 model received a \"Top Safety Pick\" designation.