2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD Review
Hyundai's semi-fancy small SUV is nice, but is it nice enough?No Comments
The Tucson, in addition to being outfitted like a luxury vehicle, is as soft and quiet as one.
The Hyundai Tucson was an early entry into the crossover market, debuting way back in 2004. Since then it's morphed from a clunky CR-V wannabe to a semi-unique-looking crossover (crossovers can only look so unique, basically it's all about that face), that provides excellent safety and fuel economy for an attractive price.
Heated and ventilated front seats, as well as the beautiful panoramic sunroof, would usually add a quick $10K to the bottom line if this were any other carmaker's car. Add to those an extremely capable sound system and one of the best-looking and easiest-to-use infotainment systems on the road. And you've easily got a $50,000-car's worth of fab gear.
Crossovers are all about the space (all about that space, no cramping), and thus the fanciness of the interior must give way to the obsessive need for enough space to fit the biggest thing you'll ever move, along with various storage compartments. That's not to say that the Tucson's various lines and arcs aren't pleasant to behold, it's just that these cars can only ever look so nice inside.
That may make the Tucson a poor choice for those who like a bit of excitement behind the wheel, but an extremely wise choice for the average driver, who's far more interested in getting home safely than in triggering their fight or flight response. The Tucson, in addition to being outfitted like a luxury vehicle, is as soft and quiet as one.
The only area in which the Tucson lacks is in super-high-tech safety features. While it does have collision mitigation and lane-keeping alert, it lacks adaptive cruise, as well as lane-keeping assist - two things that would greatly enhance its safety while also making it that much more like a self-driving car.
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Drivetrain Layout: Front-engine, all-wheel drive
Power Output: 175 hp / 195 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (mpg): 24 city / 28 highway
Base Price: $31,300
As Tested: $32,510 (includes $895 destination charge)
Standard Features: 19-inch alloy wheels, hands-free lift gate, LED headlights, fog lights, leather sport seats, heated and ventilated power front seats, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, SiriusXM radio, blind spot detection, lane change assist
Other Options: Cargo cover, carpeted floor mats