Hyundai offers the 2023 Tucson in five trim levels: SE, SEL, XRT, N Line, and Limited. They all get the same 187 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission manages the standard front-wheel drive (FWD) or optional all-wheel drive (AWD). When the Tucson is properly equipped, it can tow up to 2,000 pounds. The EPA rates the FWD Tucson as achieving 26 mpg in city driving and 33 mpg on the highway. With AWD, the Tucson is estimated to deliver up to 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the open road.
The SE keeps the Tucson focused on value by stocking it with automatic LED headlights, fabric upholstery, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, a 4.2-inch gauge cluster, remote keyless entry, a tilt/telescopic steering column, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Those wanting more features can step up to the SEL for a hands-free power liftgate, an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, LED taillights, and rear privacy glass. It also has heated side mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, rooftop rails, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, Hyundai Digital Key (keyless vehicle access via a smartphone app), and second-row HVAC vents. The available SEL Convenience Package adds a power sunroof, a 10.25-inch instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic temperature control, H-Tex seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, LED cabin lighting, an auto-dimming review mirror, ultrasonic rear occupant alert, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Hyundai adds rugged touches to the Tucson lineup with the XRT trim. It incorporates everything from the SEL with the Convenience Package (except the sunroof) and adds black exterior accents and unique body treatments. There’s also the Tucson N Line, which gets sporty external elements, including unique front and rear fascia. It’s equipped like the SEL with the Convenience Package but is upgraded with a panoramic sunroof and seats upholstered in a blend of leather and cloth. The Limited rests at the top of the Tucson range with N Line-level features (minus the sporty body treatments), leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a driver’s position memory system, heated rear outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel.
Hyundai SmartSense, which comes standard on every 2023 Tucson, furnishes forward collision-avoidance assist (with pedestrian/cyclist detection and junction turning detection), lane keeping assist and lane following assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, driver attention warning, rear occupant alert, and safe exit warning. In addition, every Tucson has adaptive cruise control, with the XRT, N Line, and Limited getting an enhanced version with navigation-supported curve control. The Limited also gets front and rear parking sensors, reverse parking collision-avoidance assist, highway driving assist, a blind-spot monitor, and a surround-view monitor.
Front-row occupants in the 2023 Tucson use an 8-inch touchscreen to manage the infotainment system. Its standard features include a multi-speaker audio system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB ports (first row). The SE and higher trims also get SiriusXM satellite radio, wireless device charging, second-row USB ports, and access to Hyundai’s Bluelink Connected Services. The XRT, N Line, and Limited are upgraded with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, and voice recognition, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto switch to a manual (plug-in) connection since the larger screen isn’t compatible with wireless integration.