The Tucson was one of the first vehicles to benefit from the focus on gas mileage, and though it hasn't gained any more miles per gallon since it was new in 2010, it's still competitive with the other leaders in the subcompact-crossover class.
The base Tucson is rated by the EPA at 22/29 mpg, for its combination of a 2.0-liter four and a six-speed automatic gearbox. With a rarely seen five-speed manual transmission instead of the automatic, the same engine delivers 20/26 mpg.
With the larger, more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder, the Tucson gets 21/29 mpg (manual) or 21/30 mpg (automatic). Adding all-wheel drive drops those numbers by 1 to 3 mpg.
Hyundai says it's been able to improve fuel economy by reworking all of its vehicles with lighter construction techniques, and by improving all of its powertrains.
NOTE: The Tucson is among those Hyundai vehicles included in a restatement of fuel-economy figures. From the 2011 to the 2013 model year, the EPA has calculated that many Hyundai vehicles had overstated gas-mileage ratings that did not hold up to confirmation testing performed by the agency. Our corrected figures include a mix of updated EPA numbers and figures provided by the EPA for 4WD manual-transmission models that have not yet been retested. Owners will receive reimbursements for extra fuel used, and can initiate payment through Hyundai's site, www.hyundaimpginfo.com.