Phone, GPS and Tablet Mounts for a Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson InteriorThe Hyundai Tucson was a bit more roomy than expected.  It also was easier to mount a phone or GPS than expected.  As expected in a smaller SUV, mounting a tablet isn’t easy but more on that later in the article.

A photo of the Hyundai Tucson interior accompanies this article.  There are a few notable characteristics that effect mounting a device.  We will mention them as we move through this article.

Starting with the vent, the distance between the left middle vent and wiper lever is less than most other vehicles.  It might get in the way of a GPS or phone in landscape.  This is a first.

So you need a vent mount that is going to sit somewhat flush.  Consider the Arkon Phone Air Vent Car Mount Holder.  The expandable cradle opens to 3.4 inches and that’s wide enough for most phones with or without a case or skin.  The extension off the mount is minimal so it works well on the Hyundai Tucson.  The mount swivels into landscape or portrait.  Remove the cradle and uncover a 17mm ball that will fit the back of a Garmin automotive GPS cradle.  It’s a dual purpose mount backed with a two-year warranty.

The windshield is a very good location for a phone or GPS in a Hyundai Tuscon.  Our go-to mount for this location is the Arkon MegaGrip Suction Cup Windshield and Dash Mount.  The suction mount features a vacuum locked suction assembly attached to a pivoting arm.  The phone can swivel into any orientation and in fact uses the same cradle as the prior vent mount.

The mount also comes with an adhesive disk that you can stick to the dash to turn the mount into a console mount.  Here’s the issue.  The Hyundai Tucson doesn’t have a lot of room between the middle dash and windshield, so for larger devices, you will likely need to use it in landscape mode.  The Hyundai Tucson dash is flat right in the middle above the vents so adhesion to the flat surface should not be an issue.

Like the vent mount, the cradle can be removed to expose a 17mm ball suitable for a Garmin automotive GPS cradle.  A two-year warranty accompanies this mount.

The CD player on the Hyundai Tucson might be the best location to mount a device.  It’s in the perfect location to see the device.  Right at eye level and near the top of the dash.  It’s almost like the Hyundai engineers figured the CD player wouldn’t be used to play an actual CD so they put it somewhere useful for mounting other stuff.

A CD player mount is great for states where mounting on a windshield is against the law.

The CD player slot might be the only place to mount a tablet.  The Satechi Universal Tablet CD Slot Mount fits most small and midsize tablets.  These mounts include a cradle that accommodates tablets up to 7.68 inch wide. My Apple iPad Mini 4 is 5.3 inches wide, so this mount will fit just fine.  It even fits with a protective case (I use a Spigen case).  Don’t mount anything larger than an Apple iPad Mini in landscape mode as the larger tablets could block your view and might be too heavy for the CD slot.

Phones and GPS devices should be happy in the CD player slot too.  The Mpow CD Slot Mount for SmartPhones uses a knob on the bottom to secure the mount within the CD player.  That’s the one in the photo that accompanies this article.  I prefer this mount to others in this category as it will permit a more custom and secure fitting.  You don’t want the mount to rattle around inside the player.  The cradle opens to 3.4 inches which is wide enough for most phones and many GPS devices.  The mount has a 17mm ball so you can remove the cradle and just use it for a Garmin GPS.

What about a seat bolt mount?  Nope.  The seat bolts in a Hyundai Tucson are accessible but inside a deep rail so you will not be able to use the claw of a seat bolt mount.  Additionally, the bolts seem difficult to remove.

Cup holders on a Hyundai Tucson are set too far back to be useful for mounting anything.  You might be able to use the most forward cup holder for mounting a phone but it won’t work well for a GPS nor a GPS app.  It also is a poor choice for a tablet as the passenger will be squeezed out of the vehicle for lack of space.

So let’s see where we stand on the Hyundai Tucson.  The CD player slot seems like the best location followed by the windshield.  Next up is the air vent.  Forget about the cup holder and seat bolt.

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