Sunday, November 15, 2015


Trying to make a name for yourself in the compact crossover class is a tough deal considering how much the market has grown in the past few years. Stalwarts such as the Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4 have been around since the late nineties and have heritage on their side. Other models such as the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue have design and Hyundai is rocking the boat on the highway's and country trail's.

So what does new entrant in the compact crossover class, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, have to offer? Well, it seems to follow the formula that Hyundai has perfected over the past few years; offer a vehicle with great looks, an impressive feature set, and a price tag that can make your jaw drop.The 2016 Hyundai Tucson lineup begins with the base SE. With a base price of $23,595 (including an $895 destination charge), the SE comes with many essentials that buyers are looking for. Standard equipment includes a 2.0L four-cylinder, six-speed automatic transmission, keyless entry, five-inch color touchscreen with a backup camera; and a driver’s blind spot mirror. It should be noted that the SE model only comes in front-wheel drive.

Next is the SE Popular. This model includes the Popular equipment package that adds a power driver’s seat, LED daytime running lights, side rails for the roof, and an auto-down/up driver’s power mirror. This is also the first trim where you can option all-wheel drive, which adds a windshield de-icer to the list of standard equipment. Prices start at $24,345 for the front-wheel drive model, and $25,745 for the all-wheel drive model.

The Eco trim is next up and gets a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, chrome-tipped dual exhausts, and premium front and rear fascias. Eco models start at $25,045 for front-wheel drive and $26,445 for all-wheel drive.

Following the Eco is the Sport trim, which gets 19-inch wheels, hands-free smart tailgate with auto open, push-button start, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert; lane change assist, and heated front seats. $27,045 gets you into the Sport front-wheel drive model, while an extra $1,400 can net you all-wheel drive.

Topping off the 2016 Tucson lineup is the Limited trim which boasts a number of premium features such as LED head and taillights; leather seats, a power seat for the passenger, eight-inch touchscreen with navigation; dual-zone climate control, and Blue Link telematics system. If you want some more luxuries, then you want to opt for the Ultimate package. This package adds HID headlights, lane departure warning, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. Limited models start at $30,095 while the Ultimate package adds $3,450 to the bottom line.The 2016 Hyundai Tucson’s design can best be described as striking. Using version 2.0 of the automaker’s fluidic sculpture design language, the new Tucson boasts a look that is more athletic. Such design touches include a hexagonal grille, slimmer headlights, low-profile roof rails, and wheel arches that are raked forward. 17-inch wheels come standard on the SE and Eco models; larger 19-inch wheels are standard on the Sport and Limited models.

The interior doesn’t fully match the exterior’s striking look, but Hyundai has done an impressive job of getting close. A wraparound dash design boasts a fair amount of soft-touch materials and contrasting trim pieces.The 2016 Tucson scores big when it comes to comfort. Passengers up front are treated to supportive seats with a number of adjustments to help find that perfect position. Backseat passengers will find loads of head and legroom, along with the ability to recline the seat to make themselves a bit more comfortable.

In terms of cargo space, Tucson is on the small side when compared to the best-sellers in the class. With the seats up, the 2016 Tucson boasts 31 cubic feet of usable area - this is 4.2 cubic feet smaller than the best-selling Honda CR-V. Fold the seats down and space increases to 61.9 cubic feet which, again, is bested by the CR-V's 8 cubic feet.Hyundai does an excellent job when it comes to equipping their vehicles. The base SE model nets a five-inch touchscreen radio with a backup camera, Bluetooth, and keyless entry. From there, Hyundai increases the amount of equipment ranging from an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation to dual-zone climate control, push-button start, and windshield-wiper de-icer.

Controls are within easy reach of the driver and passenger and falls easy to hand thanks to a simple layout. Meanwhile, the 5-inch and 8-inch touchscreens are some of the best in the industry with an easy to understand interface and quick response times.One of the key items Hyundai focused on with the 2016 Tucson was safety. Compared to the outgoing model, Hyundai used more high-strength steel to improve overall strength and rigidity. There’s also a full suite of airbags to protect all passengers.

To the extent incident evasion, Hyundai moreover equipped all Tucsons with a fortification camera and balance and trustworthiness control. Higher trim models get blind spot ID with back cross-action prepared, way departure forewarning, and modified emergency braking with walker detection.The Tucson SE gets the 2.0L GDI four-chamber from the Elantra lessened. The base engine produces 164 draw and 151 pound-feet of torque and is coordinated with a six-rate customized. Mileage is evaluated at 21 City/31 Freeway/26 Joined for the front-wheel drive model. All-wheel drive models see to some degree lower amounts of 21 City/26 Interstate/23 Combined. 

Eco and higher trims get the turbocharged 1.6L four-barrel from the Sonata Eco. Execution figures stand at 175 drive and 195 pound-feet of torque. The turbo engine is coordinated with a seven-speed EcoShift twofold grasp customized. Mileage figures contrast dependent upon model determination. The Tucson Eco sees evaluations of 26 City/33 Roadway/29 Merged for the front-wheel drive model, and 25 City/31 Freeway/27 Joined for the all-wheel drive model. 

Why would that be a distinction between the Eco and Game/Restricted mileage numbers? It generally comes down to wheels. The Eco has 17-inch wheels, while Game/Restricted get bigger 19-inch wheels. 
Before I plunge into my contemplations on how the 2016 Tucson fared amid our drive, it's imperative to take note of that my impressions are construct just with respect to the turbo 1.6L. I didn't find the opportunity to get in the driver's seat of the Tucson outfitted with the 2.0L amid the first drive, which is the more conservative decision. 

The turbo 1.6L is an exceptionally strong motor and makes the Tucson feel light on its feet. This is because of the 195 pound-feet touching base at 1,500 rpm and proceeding with onwards to 4,000 rpm. So in circumstances where you have to make a pass or proceed onto the turnpike, the motor is prepared and willing to get you up to speed. Hyundai has additionally made a few enhancements to the seven-speed EcoShift double grip programmed to make the shifts much smoother. The distinction is clear as the transmission conveys a quick and smooth reaction. 

Regarding ride and taking care of, the Tucson strikes a pleasant harmony in the middle of solace and game. The suspension confines knocks and street blemishes to convey a wonderful ride for everybody inside. Hyundai has additionally dealt with enhancing clamor separation on the Tucson with more stable hosing materials. Wind and street commotion are stayed silent and could trick you into suspecting that you're driving a more costly vehicle. 

At the point when the street gets stunning, the Tucson generally sparkles. The vehicle feels planted around corners and there is no indication of body roll. The main drawback is the Tucson's directing. There isn't sufficient feel to tell the driver what is going on. Not improving the situation is a no man's land in the guiding when you start turning the wheel. The wheel will start to take care of as you turn further along, however this doesn't generally move certainty for a driver. For most purchasers, however, this will presumably rank as just a minor concern.Hyundai has done it by and by with the 2016 Tucson. The upgraded model delivers a focused bundle with a broad elements rundown, enhanced driving flow, and a particular configuration. The individuals who need more fun in their driving ought to give the Mazda CX-5 a look. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you are considering the typical suspects of the Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4, then the Hyundai Tucson merits a long look as well.

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