The Hyundai Tucson is a fantastic crossover SUV that offers a stunning set of family-friendly features at the perfect price point. The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is all-new with a redesign that greatly increases efficiency, interior space, technology features and safety. With four trim levels starting at $22,720, two engine choices and a wealth of customization at your disposal, you’ll be able to build the perfect crossover SUV for your needs.
Hyundai Tucson SE
Starting at $22,700, the SE is the only 2016 Tucson to come with a spritely 2.0L 16-valve engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. The SE includes all of the most popular items such as power steering, SHIFTRONIC manual shifting, Drive Mode Select, rearview camera, 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, hill start assist, brake assist, 3.5” trip computer, 5” color touchscreen and 17” alloys – all while keeping the price highly attractive. Additional options are available to customize your Tucson, including All-Wheel Drive (AWD), a Preferred Package and a Popular Equipment Package.
Hyundai Tucson Eco
With an MSRP of $24,150, the Eco model is the first in the range to offer a 175 HP 1.6L turbocharged engine. The transmission is upgraded to the 7-speed EcoShift, and due to its light weight and efficiency, the Eco model pulls in the best mileage of the Tucson range. The Eco is affordable yet powerful, and on top of the SE features it also comes with some exterior improvements like LED daytime running lights and roof rails. Inside, power seats are upgraded to 8-way power adjustable, vanity mirrors are illuminated and windows are powered. AWD is optional, as is the case in the whole range.
Hyundai Tucson Sport
The Sport, as you’d expect, includes a range of features designed to improve the driving experience and offer sporty styling, such as 19” alloys, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot detection, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Starting at $26,150, the Sport also comes with a Smart Hands-Free Power Liftgate and offers proximity key entry.
Hyundai Tucson Limited
At $29,900 and above, the Limited is the luxury model. It includes almost all of the features of the Sport including the 19” alloys and power tailgate, but also contains leather seats, LED headlights and taillights, chrome grille and door handles, a power passenger seat, premium instrument panel, better interior finishing, Blue Link 2.0 telematics and an upgraded 8” touchscreen and media system. An Ultimate package is available with even more driving aids and design finish flourishes.
Performance and Handling
The all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson features improved, highly-efficient powertrains. The transmission offers SHIFTRONIC’s manual shifting mode, and also includes a lock-up torque converted for additional and increased fuel economy when travelling at highway speeds.
The SE sees a one mile improvement in mileage over last year’s base model, and the powertrain NVH has also been reduced thanks to hydraulic transmission mounting coupled with recalibrated engine mounts.
Eco, Sport and Limited
The Eco, Sport, and Limited models use low-inertia turbo-spooling for electronic wastage control, allowing for more precise handling and manifold pressure. The Gamma engine features a new water jacket insert that gives it the ability to prioritize cooling in the upper levels of the engine, where the majority of combustion heat is generated and emitted.
Coupled to a new, first-in-segment seven-speed EcoShift transmission, these models offer excellent efficiency with accelerating and shifting that seems completely seamless. The dual-clutch transmission (DCT) maximizes the amount of torque handled while minimizing the amount of power needed to supply the engine.
The EPA fuel economy of the Eco model sees a huge five mile improvement over the previous premium Tucson 2.4L engine. The Sport and Limited sees an impressive three mile improvement over 2015’s models. The fuel tank has also been increased by 1.1 gallons for greater fuel capacity and driving range.
In addition to the increased fuel economy, 2016 Tucsons offer a new optional all-wheel drive system and improved steering feel. Developed in conjunction with Magna Powertrain, the system includes driver-selectable AWD locks allowing control of the amount of torque. The 2016 Tucson also offers Drive Mode Select, allowing you to customize your Tucson’s dynamic responses.
The Hyundai’s 2016 Tucson continues the sleek beautiful design that started with the 2015 Genesis. It goes a step further this year, and has a more athletic appearance. The hexagon-shaped grille can be enhanced by LED twin-projector headlights.
The wheelbase has increased more than an inch, which enhances interior flexibility and allows for a smoother ride. 19-inch alloy wheels are offered for the first time. LED technology is available for use in the taillights, creating a wonderful design element while also allowing for enhanced rear visibility.
The 2016 Tucson has 8 great exterior color options, with 3 interior color schemes to choose from.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson not only has an additional five cubic feet of additional cargo room over the 2015 model, it also has greater versatility due to a dual-level rear cargo floor. It’s now easier to deal with large cargo as the liftgate opening is larger. The rear seats can now recline further for better passenger comfort. The front instrument panel is extra wide and enhances the feeling of roominess for the driver. A touch pad is located near the driver’s right knee, offering increased comfort during a long drive. An added feeling of luxury comes from the available full length panoramic sunroof which can offer a stunning view for both front and rear passengers during the day or night.
Standard within the 2016 Tucson at every trim is a rearview camera and 5-inch touchscreen central panel (8-inch in the Limited). There is full integration with Apple’s Siri for ‘Eyes Free’ use, so everyone is safe if you need to send a text. Ever need to get a coffee or somewhere for lunch and not know where to go? Now you can launch the Yelp app from within the car. Once you choose where to grab that coffee, the Tucson’s navigation system will guide you right there.
The new Hyundai Tucson also includes an AM/FM/SiriusXM radio system and has a total of 6 speakers (8 in the Limited). The Tucson can offer Hyundai Blue Link as an option which brings full connectivity to the car with great features such as remote start/stop, Google searches on location and destinations, remote door lock/unlock, car finder, climate control, and stolen car locator. For Tucsons equipped with Blue Link, proactive safety services like automatic collision notification and enhanced roadside assistance come free with every car for one year. Not only will your Tucson keep you connected to the world but it will also keep you safe and your car running smoothly, with monthly health reporting and maintenance alerts.
A hands-free power liftgate is a convenient option which comes pre-installed on the higher trims.
In 2016, the 5-star safety rated Hyundai Tucson charges to the head of the safety pack with new, state-of-the-art safety features like Automatic Electronic Braking with pedestrian detection, a Lane Departure Warning System, a new detection system allowing drivers to be aware of blind spots, an alert system that detects cross-traffic behind the vehicle, assistance for lane changes, warning sensors for backing up, and even a rear-view camera as standard allowing you to always see what’s behind you.
On top of that, the new Tucson is manufactured with stronger steel throughout a full 50% of the vehicle, making it even safer to be in should there be an accident. Enhanced engineering allows the Tucson to protect those inside with layers of defensive safety. Reductions have been made in the A-pillar and blind spots in the mirror to improve the driver’s vision. The uni-body construction now combines crumple zones and a strong, crash-resistant forward sub-frame in order to cut down the impact faced by the passenger compartment during crashes. The middle pillars are the foundation of an overall system that makes the sides safer and stiffer while also offering more interior space. Doors now have guard beams inside to increase the safety of riders in the event of side collisions.
As for the overall body itself, the Tuscan is now both lighter in weight and stiffer because of the thorough use of today’s higher-strength steel, and because of the incorporation of tailor-welded blanks that make vital aspects of the structure stronger. Doing so meshes steel of varying thickness and standards though the use of advanced laser and stamping processes. This also reduces the overall weight of the body itself and distributes the impact of crashes more effectively.
Tire Pressure Monitoring
As if that isn’t enough, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson now comes with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System or TPMS, which lets you know right away if a tire’s pressure is low.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson offers the highest level of style and refinement in the compact crossover market. With significant improvements over the 2015 model, it’s upscale design and attention to detail really makes it stand head and shoulders above its competitors. With the many customization options available and an attractive price, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is the compact SUV that ticks all of the boxes.