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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2024 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2023 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Limited

Vehicle Type: Small suv Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 6

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $39,110
Price as Tested: $40,655

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 13.7
EPA City mpg37
EPA Highway mpg36
EPA Combined mpg37

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
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Overall Observations

The Tucson, Hyundai's entrant in the super-competitive compact crossover SUV segment, is the automaker's top-selling vehicle. Redesigned in 2022, its changes for 2023 were minimal. It's available as the hybrid reviewed here, as a gas-only model, and as a plug-in hybrid. The Tucson Hybrid delivers solid value for the money: Its hybrid drivetrain is good for up to 38 mpg (for the Blue trim), and its spacious, comfortable interior provides plenty of room for passengers and cargo. It comes with a long list of standard comfort and convenience features, even at the base trim level— all-wheel drive, tinted rear windows, power driver's seat, and heated seats, to name just a few. A host of advanced safety features also comes standard, including some unexpected ones, such as driver-attention warning and blind-spot intervention. Finally, its standard warranty—5 years/60,000 miles—is an industry best. Unfortunately, the Tucson Hybrid also comes up short in a few areas. The cabin contains lots of black plastic trim and other low—rent materials, and build quality feels low. The smooth drivetrain is noisy, and road and wind noise are high. The infotainment system has a high learning curve, and its hard keys lack a tactile feel. Finally, visibility to the sides and rear are restricted

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Pros and Cons


  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Comfortable, spacious interior
  • Full suite of advanced safety features
  • Lots of desirable standard features


  • Cheap materials and perceived build quality
  • Lots of road and wind noise
  • Difficult-to-use infotainment system
  • Limited rear and side visibility

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2023
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3794.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 182.3 / 73.4 / 66.3
Wheelbase (in): 108.5
Number of air bags: 7
Warranty (months/miles): 60/60,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Michelin Primacy A/S
Front and rear tire size: 235/55 R19
Max towing capacity (lbs): 2,000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 1.6L I4 turbo
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 180 @ 5,500
Electric motor horsepower: 59
Combined system horsepower: 226

Test Data

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Handling: 6.05
Quality and Drivability: 6.50

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