2018 Hyundai Tucson Sport arrives with 181-hp 2.4L engine, $25,150 sticker price

It's the most powerful Tucson on sale, but it's far from an N-branded model

Hyundai has added a new Sport trim level for the 2018 Tucson, giving the SUV more power and equipment compared to the SEL FWD model positioned below it. The 2018 Tucson Sport gets an exclusive 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that generates 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft (237 Nm) of torque.

Peak torque delivery starts at 4,000 rpm, delivering "responsiveness and performance in everyday driving conditions," according to the automaker. Hyundai also claims the new engine is an advantage over key competitors like the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue.

The powertrain is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual mode and can be had either as a front-wheel-drive model or with all-wheel drive.

Besides the larger engine, 2018 Tucson Sport models get subtle visual tweaks including premium front and rear fascias, chrome-tipped dual exhaust, side mirrors with turn signal indicators, 19-inch alloy wheels with 245/45 R19 tires, and door handle LED approach lights.

Inside, the SUV features leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control with floor console-mounted rear vents, and proximity key entry with push-button start. In addition, standard safety assist systems include Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), and Lane Change Assist.

Prices for the 2018 Hyundai Tucson Sport start at $25,150 for the FWD model and $26,550 for the AWD version. Prices exclude a $980 destination and delivery charge.

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