Newly redesigned in 2016, the Hyundai Tucson is a keeper. The Tucson is safe, versatile, stylish and turbocharged (with the exception of the base SE trim). The four trims available on the five-passenger compact crossover are the SE, Eco, Sport, or Limited. Step into the Eco trim and you will add the turbocharged engine, LED daytime running lights, roof rails, foglights, and an eight-way power driver seat. The Sport model will give you 19-inch wheels, a hands-free power liftgate, leather wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats. The Limited has LED headlights and taillights, leather upholstery, dual zone automatic climate control, rear a/c vents, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8-inch touchscreen with a navigation system and an eight-speaker audio system.
The aforementioned 1.6-liter turbocharged engine generates 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Limited reaches zero to sixty mph in a respectable 8 seconds; not bad for a compact crossover. Also respectable, the 27 combined mpg (25 mpg/city and 31 mpg/highway).
The interior features a dashboard with well calculated controls that are easily accessible. This was one of my favorite things about the Tucson and for someone that loves music, the Tucson comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio. The interior also has a decorative lighting system, even the door scuff plates are illuminated. Look up and you will see the stars at night while sitting under the Tucson’s panoramic sunroof.
The Hyundai Tucson comes with a plethora of safety features. Standard on the Tucson includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a rearview camera, and active front head restraints. The Sport level gets rear cross-traffic alert and the ever popular blind-spot monitoring. The Limited has all of that and then some…..add rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane change assist.
The NHTSA gives the 2017 Hyundai Tucson an overall safety rating of five stars (out of a possible five stars). The IIHS gives the Tucson their Top Safety Pick award for earning a ‘Good’ score on all crash test (Good is the highest possilbe score).
The starting price on the Hyundai Tucson is $22,700.