What Is It?
2016 Hyundai Tucson
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is all new. Visually, the new Tucson compact crossover is rugged and handsome, replacing the slightly surprised look of the current one. Beyond the visuals, the new Tucson benefits from a roomier interior, with higher-quality materials and a standard 5-inch display.
This new Tucson also features a new available powertrain, a fuel-efficient 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with estimated fuel economy of 29 mpg in combined driving (26 city/33 highway).
When Does It Go on Sale?
Hyundai announced that the 2016 Tucson would go on sale in the summer of 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but the new model should be close in price to the current model, which starts at $21,000 and can be optioned to over $30,000.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The Tucson is available exclusively as a four-door, five-passenger crossover utility vehicle with front- or all-wheel drive.
Trims on the Tucson include SE, ECO, Sport and Limited. The base SE model is only available with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the turbocharged 1.6-liter is available on every other trim. Further differences include 19-inch wheels and leather on Limited models.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder: 164 horsepower, 151 pound-feet of torque
- 1.6-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder: 175 hp, 195 lb-ft of torque
- Six-speed automatic transmission or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, depending on engine
- Maximum towing capacity is 1,500 pounds.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The Tucson's available all-wheel-drive system has driver-controlled locking to split the torque between the front and rear wheels for off-road or low-traction driving. There's also optional active cornering control and downhill brake control.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Hyundai is expecting that the 2016 Hyundai Tucson will receive a rating of Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS thanks in part to available automatic emergency braking with pedestrian recognition. Other safety features available on the Tucson include lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a standard back-up camera.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Escape: Ford's Escape is just as stylish as the Hyundai, but the interior is smaller and, well, weirder than most people are looking for.
Honda CR-V: The Honda CR-V is larger and the interior feels roomier. It also gets great mileage and drives well.
Toyota RAV4: Refreshed for 2016, the RAV4 now offers a hybrid model in addition to a sporty SE version.
Should You Wait for It?
The small crossover segment is astonishingly competitive, and a new entrant is important. As this one goes on sale fairly soon, it may be worth waiting until the early reviews come out before jumping into a new CUV.