Hyundai Tucson

Making its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is the third-generation crossover unveiled in its U.S. specification from Hyundai. Released in early 2004 on the exact same platform as the Hyundai Elantra, the Tucson gave the Korean brand another card up its sleeve to place under its midsize sedan, the Santa Fe. Base MSRP $22,000


For 2016, the Tucson went through a total overhaul and redesign, giving this crossover a new bolder, more upscale look. A new hexagonal grille and vertical air slots are aimed to appeal to a more mature audience. On top of the new grille, the entire front fascia and bumper was given a more “upright” look, while the lower apron receives a new set of fog lights and Daytime Running LEDs, giving the Tucson a much wider look. The new LED headlights also help give the car a wider look and stance, and the front-splitter of the bumper adds a touch of sportiness to this crossover. At the rear, a redesigned tailgate and new taillights continue to portray the 2016 Tucson as a more adult, mature crossover.


For 2016, Hyundai tried to create a more premium and luxurious feel to the cabin, while retaining the budget base price. The 2016 Tucson is larger than previous generations, giving occupants more headspace and legroom. The dashboard also received a full overhaul, surrounding the touchscreen in a metal-like bezel material with air vents on either side. A swooping division line indicates where the lower and upper dash meet, and a more premium-looking HVAC control interface really completes the package. A new steering wheel wraps up the changes to this year’s model.


There are two options for customers when it comes to selecting the drivetrain. A 2.0-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder producing 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque is the base option, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. For even more grunt, a 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder motor is available, making 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired to a 7-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission, allowing for rapid shifting. A top speed is limited to 140 mph.


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