2025 Hyundai Tucson: What to Expect from the Updated Compact Crossover – The Hyundai Tucson is one of the most popular compact crossovers in the US market, selling more than 175,000 units in 2022. The fourth-generation model debuted in 2022, offering a bold design, spacious interior, and a range of powertrain options. However, the competition is fierce in this segment, and Hyundai is not resting on its laurels. The Korean automaker is preparing a mid-cycle refresh for the 2025 model year, bringing some significant changes to the Tucson. Here’s what we know so far about the updated compact crossover.
What’s New for 2025
The 2025 Hyundai Tucson will feature a revised exterior design, with a new front fascia and grille that resemble the Santa Cruz pickup truck. The headlights and taillights will also get new shapes and graphics, giving the Tucson a more modern and aggressive look. The side profile will remain unchanged, except for some new wheel designs and possibly some tweaks to the chrome accents.
The interior will also receive some updates, mainly in the technology department. The Tucson’s dual-screen setup will let the touchscreen infotainment system and digital instrument cluster merge seamlessly into one seamless unit. Changes to the HVAC panel can also include adding extra buttons for convenient access and an actual volume knob. Up to five passengers will still have plenty of room and comfort in the cabin, which also has a sizable cargo compartment.
The powertrain options are expected to carry over from the current model, with no significant changes in terms of performance or efficiency. The Tucson will offer four engine choices: a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder with 187 horsepower, a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 180 horsepower, a hybrid system with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and an electric motor with a combined output of 227 horsepower, and a plug-in hybrid system with the same engine and a larger battery that delivers 261 horsepower. Except for the hybrid vehicles, which have a six-speed automatic, all engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard on non-hybrid models, while all-wheel drive will be optional and standard on hybrid models.
Design: Exterior and Interior
The exterior design of the 2025 Hyundai Tucson will be influenced by the Santa Cruz pickup truck, which shares the same platform and some components with the crossover. The front end will feature a new grille with horizontal bars and integrated headlights, creating a distinctive and rugged appearance. The lower bumper will also be redesigned with more oversized air intake and fog lights.
The rear end will get new taillights with three-dimensional graphics that extend across the tailgate. The bumper will also be reshaped with new reflectors and exhaust tips. The side view will retain the current model’s sleek and dynamic lines but with new wheel options ranging from 17 to 19 inches in size.
The interior of the 2025 Hyundai Tucson will be updated with more technology and convenience features. The most noticeable change will be the dual-screen setup that combines a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8- or 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system into one unit. The screens will have high-resolution graphics and support wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
The HVAC panel will also be revised, with more physical controls for more straightforward operation. A physical volume knob will be added, as well as buttons for climate settings, drive modes, parking sensors, and other functions. The center console will also have more storage space and USB ports.
The cabin will continue to offer high-quality materials and finishes, such as soft-touch surfaces, leather upholstery, ambient lighting, and wood or metal accents. Power adjustability, heating, ventilation, and memory features will be offered on higher trims in addition to supportive and comfy seats. There will be plenty of head and legroom in the back seats and reclining and folding capabilities.
The cargo area will be spacious and versatile, with up to 38.7 cubic feet of space behind the second row and up to 74.8 cubic feet of space with the second row folded down. The hybrid vehicles will have less room because the battery pack is beneath the floor.
The powertrain options for the 2025 Hyundai Tucson will remain unchanged from the current model, offering four choices for different needs and preferences. The base engine will be a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder that produces 187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. This engine will come with front-wheel drive as standard, with the option to upgrade to all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine will deliver decent performance and fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated rating of 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined for the front-wheel-drive model and 24 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined for the all-wheel-drive model.
The hybrid option will consist of a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and an electric motor that produces 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This system will use a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard. The hybrid system will provide the best balance of performance and efficiency, with an EPA-estimated rating of 38 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 38 mpg combined.
The plug-in hybrid option will use the same engine and electric motor as the hybrid option but with a larger battery pack that enables an electric-only range of up to 33 miles. The plug-in hybrid system will produce 261 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque combined. This system will also use a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard. The plug-in hybrid system will offer the most power and versatility, with an EPA-estimated rating of TBD mpg city, TBD mpg highway, and TBD mpg combined.
Release Date and Price
The 2025 Hyundai Tucson is expected to debut in late 2024 or early 2025, with sales starting shortly after. The price has not yet been disclosed, but it is expected to go up from the $27,250 to $38,475 (destination fee excluded) range of the present model. The Tucson will compete with other compact crossovers such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Kia Sportage, Chevrolet Equinox, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Jeep Compass.
The Hyundai Tucson is one of the best-selling compact crossovers in the US market, offering a bold design, a spacious interior, and a range of powertrain options. The fourth-generation model debuted in 2022, offering a bold design.