2016 Hyundai Tucson - Review

► Edited by : Shahen Tharammal
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PRICE : For 2016 Hyundai Tucson - $23,595

The Tucson is Hyundai's smallest crossover offering, based on the midsize Sonata and sporting a nearly identical two-row, five-passenger layout.

The Tucson comes in four trim levels, which have been re-arranged for the new model to align it more closely to Hyundai's new product tiers and simplify purchasing decisions for customers. The base model is the SE; one step up from that is the Eco model, followed by the all-new Sport and the range-topping Limited.

SE models are available with a two-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine making 164 horsepower at 6,200 RPM and 151 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 RPM. This engine is paired to a conventional, six-speed automatic transmission. Eco, Sport and Limited models all come standard with Hyundai's revised, 1.6-liter turbo. This four-cylinder makes 175 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 195 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 RPM, and is paired with Hyundai's new seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. All-wheel-drive is available on all trims.

The SE model's powertrain combination is good for 23 mpg in the city, 31 on the highway and 26 combined in front-wheel drive guise. All-wheel-drive models are rated at 21 mpg city, 26 highway and 23 combined.

The Eco model is the fuel economy all-star, with a 26 mpg city rating, 33 mpg highway and 29 combined with front-wheel drive. AWD drops those to 25/31/27. Jumping to the Sport or Limited model means heavier 19" wheels and stickier tires, which put noticeable drags on the 1.6L's efficiency. Both are rated at 25 mpg city, 30 mpg high and 27 mpg combined in the city with just the front wheels powered or 24/28/26 through all four.

The Tucson's sedan roots also carry over in its suspension, which is a MacPherson Strut setup in the front and a conventional multi-link independent configuration in the rear.


For the 2016 model year, the Tucson receives a complete redesign, giving the crossover a bolder and more upscale look. Aside from the obvious exterior lighting changes made from Euro- to U.S.-spec, the Tucson unveiled in New York is identical to the one that debuted in Geneva.

Up front, Hyundai added in its now-signature hexagonal grille with vertical slats. On top of the new grille, the entire fascia has a more upright look, and the lower apron gains a set of horizontally oriented fog lights and surrounds, which help give the model a wider look. The LED headlights also add to the wider look, and the wing-like lower section of the bumper adds a dab of sportiness.

From the profile, you’ll notice that the A-pillar is pushed rearward compared to the 2015 model. This adds some separation between the hood and the A-pillar, helping to lengthen the look of the hood. Additionally, a sharp, rising accent line shoots rearward from the front wheel arch to eventually meet with the outermost part of the taillight.

Around back, slimmer taillights and redesigned tailgate and lower bumper continue the more adult theme of the small SUV.

On the whole, Hyundai basically took its small SUV and brought it up to date with the rest of its lineup. With hot-sellers like the Sonata boasting this new, more refined look, these changes can mean only good things for the Tucson.


The 2016 Hyundai Tucson's interior has a more grown-up look than its predecessor, featuring a restrained dashboard design with sensibly arrayed controls. The materials aren't optimal, however, as hard plastic surfaces remain the norm. That's fortunately less of an issue for the Limited, which gets upgraded trim that includes padded dashboard and door inserts with accent stitching. In any event, the Tucson has plenty of storage nooks for your stuff, particularly for front passengers.

On the technology front, the standard 5-inch touchscreen won't blow you away with its size or resolution, but it's quite user-friendly thanks to readily accessible virtual buttons and an intuitive layout. Not surprisingly, the Limited's 8-inch version is both more capable and prettier to look at; pity it's not offered on at least one of the other trims. On the bright side, USB connectivity, Bluetooth and satellite radio come standard on every Tucson, so there's no shortage of musical fun to be had.

Front seat comfort is satisfactory, and it's worth noting that the Tucson stands apart from other compact crossovers by offering a power passenger seat (Limited only). The rear seat doesn't slide fore and aft, which strikes us as a missed opportunity in this segment, but it's mounted higher than before and can now accommodate a couple of 6-footers without issue.

Cargo capacity has also improved. With 31 cubic feet behind the rear seatbacks and 61.9 cubes with those seatbacks folded down, the Tucson is close enough to the CR-V (35.2 and 70.9 cubes, respectively) to provoke thoughts about how important that maximum number really is. Sweetening the deal is the hands-free power liftgate that comes standard on Sport and Limited. Unlike the Ford Escape's version of this technology, which works via a foot sensor that you need to kick at, the Tucson employs a proximity sensor that opens the liftgate automatically if it senses you're standing in the vicinity with the key in your pocket.


► Year:2016
► Make:Hyundai
► Model:Tucson
► Price:$ 22700 (Est.)
► Engine:inline-4 (Est.)
► Transmission:6-speed automatic
► Horsepower @ RPM:164 (Est.)
► Torque @ RPM:151
► Displacement:2.0 L (Est.)
► 0-60 time:8.2 sec. (Est.)
► Top Speed:110 mph (Est.)


Hyundai has slightly revised its trim levels for 2016. The entry-level SE is most notable for a unique drivetrain that combines a direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It includes nice touches like a tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, and special cloth upholstery—available only in beige—that resists odors and stains. Standard and optional equipment is otherwise fairly basic.

The Eco gains a direct-injected 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 that's matched to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Like the SE, it wears 17-inch wheels.

New this year is a Sport trim that builds on the Eco's specifications with 19-inch wheels, keyless ignition, a variety of driver assists, and heated front seats. The Sport also gets an innovative feature that opens the liftgate automatically when the key fob has been in proximity for three seconds; it will work only if the Tucson is locked, and the range of its motion can be programmed to avoid hitting garage doors and the like.

The range-topping Limited adds a host of luxury features like leather upholstery, upgraded interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation, and Hyundai's telematics system. An Ultimate Package for the Limited throws in extras like a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, HID headlights, and an automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection.

Pricing is generally competitive. On its introduction, the Tucson had base prices ranging from around $23,000 to $33,000. All-wheel drive, available at all trim levels, adds about $1,500, and there's a destination charge of $895.


Tucson buyers choose between two drivetrains. The base SE is the only trim level powered by a direct-injection 2.0-liter inline-4 that makes 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a traditional 6-speed automatic transmission, and rated for 23 mpg city, 31 highway, 26 combined with front-wheel drive.

The Eco, Sport, and Limited all use a direct-injection 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). It's rated for 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. So why the difference when they share a drivetrain? According to Hyundai, much of the blame goes to the 19-inch wheels used by the Sport and the Limited -- like the SE, the Eco rides on 17-inch wheels.

We drove a few hundred miles in Limiteds equipped with the turbocharged 1.6 and the DCT. The engine feels adequately powerful in most situations and the transmission shifts nearly imperceptibly, but hard acceleration reveals a somewhat surprising sluggishness. Three driving modes (normal, eco, and sport) seem to have little impact on performance or behavior.

A direct comparison with the 2.0-liter and 6-speed in the SE is difficult, as our short drive was composed primarily of stop-and-go city traffic, but in that setting the SE feels quicker and less hesitant off the line, especially in that model's sport mode.

The Tucson uses MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link independent rear suspension. Handling is predictable and safe rather than sporty, and steering feel is equally pragmatic—communicating well without encouraging spirited driving. Paired with refined ride and a serenely quiet cabin at highway speeds, the crossover's driving dynamics probably deliver exactly what its buyers want. One caveat, though: The smooth ride can be momentarily jarred when the Tucson's 19-inch wheels come into contact with pavement joints and the like.

All trims levels come with front-wheel drive as standard, but an all-wheel-drive system is available across the range. It includes a driver-selectable lock for differentiated torque split between front and rear wheels in off-road and extremely slippery conditions, and torque vectoring that improves cornering performance by braking the inside rear wheel and delivering additional torque to the outside rear wheel.


Two drivetrains are available in the 2016 Hyundai Tucson. The base SE model uses the carryover 2.0-liter naturally aspirated (non-turbocharged) 4-cylinder and 6-speed automatic transmission, while the rest come with the fresh 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive (AWD) is available with either engine in lieu of the standard front-wheel-drive (FWD) setup. The AWD Tucson has a "lock" feature that grants up to a 50/50 torque split between the front and rear wheels for better traction in slippery or off-road conditions. While you may equate turbocharging with speed, the application here is more for fuel economy, which allows the Tucson's smaller engine to be rated up to 33 mpg, a 5-mpg gain over the past 2.4-liter engine. In other welcome news, this turbo engine does just fine running on regular gasoline. 

► 2.0-liter inline-4 
164 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm 
151 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm 
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31 mpg (FWD), 21/26 mpg (AWD) 

► 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 
175 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm 
195 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,500 rpm 
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/30 mpg (FWD), 24/28 mpg (AWD), 26/33 mpg (Tucson Eco, FWD), 25/31mpg (Tucson ECO, AWD)


Standard safety items on the 2016 Hyundai Tucson include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, hill-hold assist and hill descent control.

All trims provide a rearview camera as standard, while the Sport gets standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited features all of those items plus standard rear parking sensors and a couple optional items via the Ultimate package (lane-departure warning and a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection).

The Blue Link telematics suite is standard on the Limited but unavailable on the other trims. It includes emergency safety assistance and other smartphone-based features via the Blue Link mobile app. If you upgrade to the Remote package, you also get stolen vehicle recovery, a car finder and electronic parameter settings (geo-fencing, speed/curfew alerts and valet alert) and remote ignition and accessory operation via a smartphone or even smartwatch.


Hyundai's updated the powertrains in the Tucson crossover SUV, and swapped in a new transmission on the priciest versions, to boost its fuel economy.

Base Tucsons get a 2.0-liter inline-4 with 164 horsepower. Coupled to a 6-speed automatic, this version is rated at 23 mpg city, 31 highway, 26 combined with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive trims fuel economy to 21/26/31 mpg.

Other versions come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four with 175 hp, and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Sport and Limited versions are rated at 25/30/27 mpg, while the Eco is rated for 26/33/29 mpg. Hyundai attributes most of the difference to wheel and tire sizes.

For comparison, the front-drive Honda CR-V is rated at 27/34/29 mpg.


► Edited by : Shahen Tharammal
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