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The 2025 Hyundai Tucson Brings Back Buttons

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The capacitive touch cost-cutting zealots are losing the car interior war. The global 2025 Hyundai Tucson was just revealed, and it gets a radically new interior that banishes a bunch of distracting fake buttons on the path to increased user-friendliness. Oh, and Hyundai’s bestowed it with even sharper styling that ratchets up the futurism by a notch or two. Needless to say, I have a feeling this thing will do huge numbers.

The Tucson is a big deal for Hyundai. By the end of September, the marque had sold 153,180 of these compact crossovers in America, blowing the next-best-selling Elantra out of the water by nearly 50,000 units. If you parked each one of those Tucsons nose-to-tail, it would form a line of crossovers stretching from Indianapolis to Atlanta and then some. Mad to think about, isn’t it?

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Before we get into what makes the facelifted Tucson so important, let’s talk a little about the exterior revisions. The new car’s styling is slightly more aggressive, with a pronounced lower air intake and eight daytime running lights like the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Needless to say, it’s a hot look, bolstering that cyborg arachnid face with a stronger chin.

2025 Hyundai Tucson Profile

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In profile, changes aren’t especially obvious. Sure, the rear valence has been re-textured, the rear auxiliary lights take on a new form, and the wheels are new, but this is a subtle facelift in the grand scheme of things. Of course, it helps that the current Tucson still looks like the future, a true testament to the chops of Hyundai Chief Designer SangYup Lee and his team. Also worth mentioning is the presence of matte paint, a Hyundai hallmark. The brand’s been doing matte paint options on and off for a decade now, and its current process involves a matte clearcoat over a standard basecoat. [Ed Note: It seems a little out of place on a sensible car like the Tucson, but I admire the boldness. -DT]. 

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However, the big news for this facelift is the interior. In case you don’t remember what the top-trim Tucson interior right now looks like, here’s a photo for context. Notice the complete lack of buttons and knobs for the infotainment and climate controls. While I love the diffused air vents and the flat dashtop, certain adjustments here are just straight-up hazards, and Hyundai’s only gone and fixed it for 2025.

2025 Hyundai Tucson Interior

What a change, right? While I’ll miss the swathes of fabric on the dashboard and the high-mounted diffused air vents, I can get behind this new setup. Sure, several climate controls are still capacitive touch, but the inclusion of temperature, volume, and tuning knobs is a massive improvement for user-friendliness. Oh, and all the infotainment keys are now buttons, a massive improvement over the old capacitive touch setup. In addition, the center console’s been redesigned for optimal storage, the electronic shifter has moved to the steering column, and the steering wheel no longer places metal near most points where you’d rest your hands. Can I get a hell yeah from my cold climate friends?

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With the return of physical interior controls to the top trim, Hyundai is promising to make a great crossover even better. While this isn’t the U.S.-spec model shown, don’t be surprised if these updates make it to America for the 2025 model year, when the Tucson will likely continue to sell like condoms in an Olympic village. If everything goes according to plan, these should be everywhere soon.

(Photo credits: Hyundai, Thomas Hundal)

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Theotherotter
Theotherotter
6 months ago

Drove one of these for a two-week stay in Spain last year and I really disliked the lack of buttons. Disliked even more than I got “upgraded” into a Korean SUV instead of a Euro-wagon. But the diesel hybrid powertrain with a manual (and auto stop-start) was interesting, and economical.

Austin Vail
Austin Vail
6 months ago
Reply to  Theotherotter

“diesel hybrid with a manual” what the frick why can’t I have that? I want that. Everyone should want that.

Frederick Tanujaya
Frederick Tanujaya
6 months ago

Hey! Even they offer Gravity Gold Metallic and Matte Optic White on the new Stargazer X for an extra 200$! GGM is definitely a good colour for most Hyundais now!

Chartreuse Bison
Chartreuse Bison
6 months ago

A column shifter? Neat, never should have left the column for an automatic.
Like ford spending who knows how much on some absurdly complicated folding shifter on the F-150 when the super duties still have column shifters

Ivan256
Ivan256
6 months ago

Dear BMW/MINI…. the new one isn’t out yet. There’s still time to pivot!

(Yeah, I know there isn’t… Maybe when they put the buttons back in the year 3 refresh they’ll put a stick back in there too….)

Andrew Wyman
Andrew Wyman
6 months ago

Please let this be a trend that other automakers follow. I am all for technology, but physical buttons are great.

Austin Vail
Austin Vail
6 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Wyman

It’s sad that in these times “it has buttons!” is a selling point, yet here we are, and it absolutely works. I’m not a big fan of Hyundai, but if I were shopping for a CUV and all my other options had screens instead of buttons, I would pick the Hyundai with buttons. I want buttons.

Mike F.
Mike F.
6 months ago

Buttons? Knobs? What’s next – a CD player?

DONALD FOLEY
DONALD FOLEY
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike F.

All the Subarus have CD players.

MrLM002
MrLM002
6 months ago

I wonder if they’ll do the same for the Santa Cruz.

If they made one with this new interior and a manual transmission I’d have a very hard time not buying one.

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
6 months ago

If these changes make it across the pond, I’ll have to put on my 501s and go check it out. Hope the Santa Cruz gets a similar treatment- and a hybrid.

D-dub
D-dub
6 months ago

I think it looks kind of dated actually. The krinkle-kut french fry look is pretty played out. Everyone’s moving on to either a sculpted look or a squared-off rugged look.

Citrus
Citrus
6 months ago

It’s weird that Hyundai keeps taking their logo off the steering wheel.

VanGuy
VanGuy
6 months ago
Reply to  Citrus

I didn’t know that was a thing. That’s pretty cool, honestly. Makes me think of laptops like the ones from Eluktronics that can come with no logo on the lid whatsoever. Classy.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
6 months ago
Reply to  Citrus

Maybe so they can share molds with their KN sister brand? I don’t know

George CoStanza
George CoStanza
6 months ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

Good point about parts sharing w KN! I’m glad those air filter people went for it an now make entire cars.

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
6 months ago
Reply to  Citrus

Presumably you know what car you’re driving. It’s not necessary.

Citrus
Citrus
6 months ago

As someone who used to take groceries to people’s cars, you would be shocked to find out how many people don’t know what car they’re driving.

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
6 months ago
Reply to  Citrus

Then a badge wouldn’t matter, since they probably don’t care 😉

I bet it’s both amusing and infuriating when they tell you to bring the groceries to a Camry when they’re driving a Kia.

Oldskool
Oldskool
6 months ago
Reply to  Citrus

I have a coworker like that. Ask make and model? “It’s white.”

Professor Chorls
Professor Chorls
6 months ago

We’re positive those are IRL buttons and not a second row of capacitative touch points yes? It’s hard to make out from the press photos.

Citrus
Citrus
6 months ago

You can see the small gaps between them that allow for independent movement.

D-dub
D-dub
6 months ago
Reply to  Citrus

The silver ones are mechanical, the black ones are capacitive.

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