2016 Hyundai Tucson Review: Specs, Features and MPG

After the New York debut of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson we can conclude that the new crossover is certainly better. If it looks familiar, that’s because the redesigned Tucson and the Santa Cruz truck concept have several design elements in common. And while both the exterior and the interior of the all-new Tucson are pretty attractive, the crossover will tackle the market segment champions with its amazing technology.

But, first things first – when you see the 2016 Tucson in flesh, you must admit that the SUV looks drastically bigger than the predecessor. The truth is that its wheelbase has been stretched more than an inch and its overall length has been increased by just 2.6 inches. That’s not such a dramatic change. Its powerful, huge hexagonal grille and assertive design language are magnetic. If you add new asymmetric 19-inch alloy wheels, available for the first time, the crossover’s appearance would be fascinating.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Exterior

The front fascia might remind some of the Ford’s interpretation of the same design task, but it’s still distinctive and recognizable. With LED twin-projector headlights, LED headlight accents and integrated LED daytime running lights, the new Tucson is going to look even more powerful. Needless to say, the taillights use LED technology, too.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Taillight

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is going to introduce the world’s first shock-absorber mounting structure. Translated to the language of an average SUV driver, the redesigned Tucson is more rigid – exactly 109 percent more – less vibration, lower noise and better handling. The new Tucson might not be the most intuitive SUV on the market, but it’s very obedient. It has Drive Mode Select, a system that adjusts its handling as well as engine and transmission responsiveness in accordance with driver’s wishes.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Side View

2016 Hyundai Tucson Redesign

While the front fascia is really sporty with all those aggressive lines and pleats, the rear end needed extra help, so it got a standard rear spoiler. The overall body shape is dynamic and a big aggressive, but not in a vulgar way. This is, after all, a Hyundai Tucson, one of the beloved family SUVs. Of course, this isn’t a license to be boring and dull. The designers understood that and crated a beautiful body with really attractive proportions.

2016 Tucson Appearance

The new body has been improved aerodynamically. In comparison with the previous model, the new Tucson has 0.02 Cd lower coefficient which is now 0.33 Cd. The 2016 Hyundai Tucson has been designed in Germany. That is, its exterior has been designed there, but the interior has been drawn in the Hyundai’s California design department.

The redesigned Tucson comes in eight colors. Six of them are completely new: Chromium Silver, Coliseum Gray, Mojave Sand, Caribbean Blue, Sedona Sunset and Ruby Wine. The old ones are Ash Black and Winter White.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Rear End

Spacious Interior and Handsome Design

The inside of the 2016 Tucson is very cozy and elegant. Since the crossover’s cabin is very spacious, they were able to let their imagination bring the best solution. They even tried to accent that roominess by various design tricks. One of the most important details in providing an airy spacious feel inside a vehicle is a sunroof and the redesigned Tucson has a large one.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Interior

Thanks to the size changes, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson has 31 cubic feet more cargo space than its predecessor. The automaker made a number of changes in order to reduce the noise inside the cabin and they’ve managed to make the new Tucson noticeably more silent. The interior comes in three color schemes: black, beige and gray in cloth and on Limited trim beige and gray in leather.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Leather Seats

Technology inside New Tucson

As for the technology, the 2016 Tucson is really impressive, as we already said. It introduces some comfort details that are first in the segment, such as ventilated front seats, heated rear seats,  power passenger seat, Dynamic Bending Light (headlights that follow the steering wheel direction), and stain-resistant seats. There’s also a smart power auto-open liftgate. If you have the key fob with you and stand near the liftgate for a few seconds, the automatic process of opening the liftgate will begin.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Central Stack Display

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson has a five-inch color LCD touchscreen as standard. It displays the rearview camera feed, too. There are a number of additional very useful gadgets and systems available. Apple Siri Eyes Free, Yelp and Pandora Internet Radio on the versions with a navigation system are just a portion of all of the available options. There’s a 405-watt eight-speaker premium audio system available that comes with SiriusXM and SiriusXM Travel Link and SirusXM Tune Start feature.

2016 Hyundai Tucson LCD

As for the infotainment and connectivity, there’s the next-gen Hyundai Blue Link. Features such as remote door lock and unlock, remote climate control, remote start and stop, Google destination search, car finder and roadside assistance call are all available using an Android Wear smartwatch.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Steering Wheel

The all-new Tucson comes with a year of free Blue Link Connected Care.

The aforementioned navigation system has an eight-inch display whose brightness has been increased by 33 percent in comparison with the old one. Aside from the daytime legibility, the new navigation system suffered more changes, so its touch responsiveness is improved, too.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Dashboard

Old-Fashion Structural Safety Works Together with Modern-Day Safety Technology

According to the automaker, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is expected to receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. Precisely, the version with Automatic Emergency Braking might get the rating. But, the next-gen Tucson is a really safe crossover. It comes with a ton of different safety systems. Besides the Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, there are other very useful systems: blind spot detection, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert and a rearview camera as standard.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Crossover

But they don’t rely on modern technology when it comes to safety. They say that more than 50 percent of the crossover’s structure has been made of advanced high-strength steel. Thanks to crumple zones and high-tensile sub-frame, the passenger compartment is safer than before. This provides better crash safety. Of course, as you probably know, vast use of high-strength steel isn’t just good for a vehicle’s safety. It’s great because of lightness and, therefore, better performance and fuel efficiency.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Wheel

2016 Hyundai Tucson Engine Options, Fuel Economy, Transmissions and Drive

The base 2016 Hyundai Tucson comes with a direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of twist. This mill is mated with a six-speed automatic gearbox that has the SHIFTRONIC manual shifting mode. The automaker conducted some internal tests and they say that the 2016 Tucson with the entry engine and front-wheel drive can make 23 mpg/city, 31 mpg/highway and 26 mpg/combined.

Higher trims (Eco, Sport and Limited versions) come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that can produce 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine, belonging to the famous Gamma family, is paired with a new seven-speed EcoShift DCT (dual-clutch transmission). According to the automaker, this gearbox is very quick and smooth, providing great performance. They tested this powertrain, too.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Economy

According to their results, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Eco with front-wheel drive returns 26 mpg/city, 33 mpg/highway and 29 mpg/combined. The Sport and Limited versions with front-wheel drive can reach 25 mpg/city, 30 mpg/highway and 27 mpg/combined.

If you decide to get a version with all-wheel drive, you’ll also get a driver-selectable lock “that allows a differentiated torque split between front and rear wheels, for off-road and extremely slippery road conditions”. The AWD system also comes with Hillstart Assist and DownHill Brake Control as well as Active Cornering Control.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Price and Release

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson will be available this July. As for the pricing, we have to wait for the official announcement, but the rumors are that the next-generation Tucson is going to be more affordable than its prominent rivals.

Photos: Hyundai Motor America

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