2016 Hyundai Tucson: take a closer look to discover it

2016 Hyundai Tucson: take a closer look to discover it

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2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited FWD | MSRP (base model): $22,700 | Price as tested: $31,110
Engine: 1.6L; 175 h.p.; 195 lb.-ft. | MPG: 25 city / 30 hwy
Features: Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross-traffic Alert with Lane Change Assist, Keyless, etc.

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Back in 2005 Hyundai made a pretty risky move with its Tucson model – a move into a rather overcrowded compact SUV market. However, somehow the manufacturer still manages to stay up-to-date with the constantly-changing technology and growing number of those more critical of the newer models. So, let’s take a closer look at the 2016 Tucson and start with…

Exterior
The new Tucson does look more refined than its predecessor, although not much was actually changed. The new model is about an inch wider, and its wheelbase has been stretched by roughly 1.2 inches. While being almost unnoticeable from the outside, this dimensional change has increased the cargo capacity significantly, and now, with the rear seats folded down, the new Tucson is offering you about 62 cubic feet of cargo space.
The headlamps, the grill and the rims have also been updated. Because of the refreshed exterior features, the Tucson now looks more refined and perhaps even more luxurious. It would be fair to say that it’s pretty hard to define any significant changes in any of the compact SUV models, so let’s move to what’s moving this car forward – the engine (no pun intended).

Engine
The Tucson we’ve tested boasted a 4-cylinder 1.6-liter turbo engine and it handled the drive just as good as its 2.4-liter predecessor. Maybe even better, especially, if MPG is still important to you. The Hyundai Tucson Limited that we reviewed offers 25MPG city and 35MPG highway, in comparison to the previous generation’s 21MPG city and 28MPG highway.
EcoShift Dual Clutch drives much better than the infamous and so beloved by many manufacturers CVT transmission. Plus, it’s also one of the reasons for better MPG and faster acceleration. A 1.6-liter turbo engine gives you a “full power” within the first 1,500 – 4,500 RPMs; however, you might feel a certain lack of it after 60MPH. So, even while the new Tucson takes off fast, it still doesn’t mean you will be chasing others on a highway.

Interior & Features
The reason we do not have a separate paragraph devoted to the interior is because there is not so much to tell aboit it. Someone would call it discreet, while I’d prefer to describe it as conservative. However, it’s all…
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