Official: 2014 Hyundai Tucson gets DI engines, styling tweaks, priced from $21,450*

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2014 Hyundai Tucson

Despite being overhauled for the 2010 model year, not much attention has been paid to the Hyundai Tucson crossover in recent times. But when its overseas twin, the ix35, received modest updates at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, we knew it’d only be a matter of time before the US-spec model was blessed with similar tweaks. So, without further ado, meet the ever-so-slightly enhanced 2014 Tucson.

The most significant mid-cycle change is found under the Tucson’s hood, where two new direct-injected four-cylinder powerplants are found. On the base end, there’s a brand new 2.0-liter “Nu” inline-four, good for 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. These numbers represent a loss of one measly horsepower, but five more foot-pounds of torque. Nothing significant here, and fuel economy is only slightly better – 23/29 miles per gallon city/highway versus the 22/29 rating of the 2013 model. Uplevel Tucson models use a revamped 2.4-liter engine, also featuring direct injection, which produces 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque – gains of six hp and nine lb-ft, respectively. That said, fuel economy for the front-wheel-drive, automatic transmission model has actually suffered some – 2013′s rating of 21/30/25 mpg (city/highway/combined) has fallen slightly to 21/28/24. Both front- and all-wheel drive are available on all trim levels.

As far as visual enhancements go, the 2014 Tucson now uses projector-beam halogen headlamps up front and LED taillamps out back, and redesigned 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted, depending on trim level. Inside, two new cabin colors are available – beige and brown – the navigation system has been enhanced with a choice of two touchscreen interfaces, and there are now two-stage reclining rear seats.

If we’re honest, nothing in this list of updates ought to cause any sleepless nights for modern classmates like the Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and upcoming Nissan Rogue. That said, Hyundai does offer very attractive pricing, with the base Tucson GLS starting at $21,450 (*not including $855 for destination) and the loaded Limited AWD coming in at just $27,700. The refreshed 2014 Tucson arrives at dealerships this fall. Scroll down for the complete details in Hyundai’s press blast.

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