Review: 2016 Hyundai Tucson

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is totally redesigned for the new year with all new styling a slew of new safety technologies that should put it at the top of the class for crossover SUVs.

So What's New?
In a word, everything. Inside and out, Hyundai has given the Tucson a full facelift. Outside, it's next vehicle to receive Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design. This includes an all-new hexagonal front grille and thin, swooping LED headlights, giving it a more bold, aggressive design. Down the sides the Tucson gets new side creases and leading lines for a more athletic look. In general the Tucson adds more LED headlights than ever. If offers available LED twin-projector headlights, LED headlight accents, LED daytime running lights and even LED door handles are available. 

Longer, Wider
There is more people and cargo space available in the 2016 Hyundai Tucson. This year's model is 3 inches longer, 1.1 inches wider and a 1.2 inch longer wheelbase. That means the new Tucson now offers 31 cubic feet of cargo space, and improved of more than five cubic feet when compared to previous models. Even the rear liftgate has been expanded all the way around, so more can fit, and it's easier to get everything out. Even a new 60/40 rear folding seat makes it easier than ever to fit people and cargo inside the crossover. 

More Powerful Powertrains
Under the hood, the Tucson offers two new engine choices. A standard 2.0 liter four cylinder engine offers 164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft of torque and a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy on this engine increases to 23 city, 31 highway and 26 combined MPG. Or opt for a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft of torque. The turbocharged engine is also the first vehicle in its class to offer a seven-speed EcoShift dual clutch transmission. The turbocharged engine is offered in Eco, Sport or Limited models, so on any road or weather condition, you are ready in your Hyundai. 
This Tucson is also the first to offer an advanced All Wheel Drive system. It allows for different torque split between front and rear wheels, and that will come in handy on ice and snow. 

Safety Technology 
Few vehicles combine safety and technology better than the 2016 Hyundai Tucson. Hyundai expects it to be an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus thanks to Automatic Emergency Braking. This system is like having a guardian angel watching over you. When it detects a collision, the AEB system will engage the brakes, preventing collision. That's just the start of things though as the Tucson also comes with Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Backup Warning Sensors and even a standard backup camera. The Tucson is even covered with 50 percent more high-strength steel than previous models for enhanced crash safety. 

Media Technology
It's not all about safety with the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, as the all-new crossover has plenty of comfort features as well. The Tucson comes standard with Bluetooth and USB capabilities. It also comes with a five-inch color touchscreen LCD display. Upgrade to the navigation system, and an 8-inch touchscreen will help you find nearby restaurant, shopping and more. You'll even be able read reviews from the center console. 
You can also upgrade to a 405 watt audio system that includes SiriusXM Travel Link with traffic, sports scores, weather reports, stocks, fuel prices, movie listings and more. With SiriusXM's Tune Start system, you can play any song from the beginning, even it's towards the end. 

Comfort Features
The neatest new feature of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is the standard YES Essentials stain-free seats. This innovative cloth repels stains, so those coffee stained seats are a thing of the past. Climb up the trims to add on great features like heated and cooled leather seats, panoramic sunroof, leather steering wheel, leather shift knobs and a whole lot more. 

The Tucson is offered in eight exterior colors. Six of them are brand new -- Chromium Silver, Coliseum Gray, Ruby Wine, Mojave Sand, Sedona Sunset and Caribbean Blue. Winter White and Ash Black. Of course every Hyundai offers America's Best Warranty, 10-years, 100,000 miles. 

What the experts are saying
Fortunately, Hyundai has a strong contender when measured against the competition. The 2016 Hyundai Tucson checks all the boxes, especially with its attractive design and roomy interior. After all, comfort and looks are two important reasons to buy a car (in spite of what automotive enthusiasts say to the contrary).

Muscular new look; growth spurt should deliver more room for passengers and cargo; updated with modern driver aids and safety features.

Consumer Reports:
Handling is responsive, notably more so with the uplevel 19-inch wheels. An added bonus is that they don’t make for an overly-stiff, uncomfortable ride.
Controls are simple and intuitive to use, and Hyundai’s digital layout is mercifully logical. 

First impression upon entering the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is that it feels larger inside than it looks from the outside. Leg, head and shoulder room are abundant, confirming the Tucson’s status as the widest of the compact SUVs while sporting the longest wheelbase in the segment. The front seats offer a near-perfect blend of comfort and lateral support while primary controls for the audio and climate systems are straightforward and easy to use. Once underway you’ll be impressed by the Tucson’s quiet and refined ride quality, something Hyundai representatives told us was a specific focus for the new crossover. At highway speeds there is essentially zero engine or road noise in the cabin, leaving only hushed wind noise at a level you’ll barely notice.

Waikem Hyundai has a huge selection of Tucson models available today, and we are excited to show them to you today. So view our online inventory to see what makes it the right choice for your driveway. 

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