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Hyundai Tucson 2017
2017 Hyundai Tucson Expert Rundown
Looking for a great SUV with a turbocharged engine that delivers peppy acceleration and good fuel economy? The 2017 Hyundai Tucson might be a good fit. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
JOSH SADLIER: This is automotive editor Josh Sadlier with an Edmunds Expert rundown. Of the 2017 Hyundai Tucson. The Tucson is a small crossover from Hyundai. And like a lot of other Hyundais these days, it looks great. Looks more expensive than it is, you might say. We love the turbocharge engine. Love might be too strong a word. We like the turbo engine. Delivers decent acceleration and pretty good fuel economy too. What we don't like is the base 2-liter, four-cylinder, no turbo, no power. Definitely one to avoid. One thing to keep in mind with the Tucson is that certain desirable features are only available on the top Limited trim level. So if you're looking for something in the middle of the range, might find a few things to be absent. But overall, you get a decent amount of features for your money. And just look at it. It's beautiful. Inside, the Tucson's just average, we'd say, for this class. The cargo space is a notch down from segment leaders. And as you can see, that back seat's a little tight. If you're looking for a crossover with back seat space for taller people, the Tucson might not be your first pick. Up front, the design's a little more conservative on the dashboard than you might expect, given the exterior. But you have all the expected features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on higher trims for 2017. The Tucson sits mid-pack in its class. If you're just looking for design, it might be number one. But the bottom line is that there's a lot of appealing alternatives in this segment, starting with the redesigned Honda CR-V and extending to our personal favorite, the Mazda CX-5. For more Edmunds Expert Rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
Hyundai likes to name its crossovers after cities in the American Southwest. So here's the 2017 Hyundai Tucson, which is little brother to the slightly larger Santa Fe Sport and the larger still Santa Fe. It's a mainstream player in the increasingly mainstream compact crossover SUV market segment.
For those unsure of exactly what a crossover is, the Tucson is a perfect example of the species. It's a vehicle that looks like an SUV in form, but is built more like a car. That means a unified body structure instead of a separate frame, a transverse-mounted engine powering only the front wheels with all-wheel drive as an option and a supple and nimble independent suspension. What carries over from truck-based SUVs is that crossovers are larger and more flexible in their use of space. In sum, a crossover is an SUV that's as comfortable as a car. And crossovers are the most popular transportation of choice as the 21st century marches on.
Hyundai redesigned the Tucson last year so there's not much that's new about the vehicle for 2017. That noted, the 2016 redesign saw the Tucson grow in size and in the attractiveness of its tailoring. And like so many other vehicles, it's now available loaded to the gills with technology, including an advanced crash-avoidance system, to keep the driver from doing anything stupid. So it's no wonder the Tucson gets the very highest safety ratings from the United States government and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Almost unique in this crossover size class, the Tucson is available with two distinct four-cylinder engines. Both use Hyundai's Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) system, but the SE model's standard 2.0-liter engine is naturally aspirated and rated at 164 horsepower. The ritzier Eco, Sport and Limited models are all powered by a still fresh 1.6-liter engine that, thanks to turbocharging, is rated at 175 hp. The SE comes with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission while the other three models use an advanced dual-clutch seven-speed automatic.
It's no surprise the best fuel economy is available in the front-drive Eco model with the turbo engine. That one rates out at 28 mpg combined (26 city/32 highway). The worst mileage is in the SE with all-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter engine. That one comes in at 23 mpg combined (21 city/26 highway).
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When the Hyundai Tucson debuted for the 2005 model year, it represented Hyundai's first entry in the small crossover segment. The first-generation Tucson became Hyundai's official entry-level SUV, and it offered a favorable combination of attributes, including an available V6 engine, a generous list of standard equipment and a lengthy warranty. However, this Tucson looked rather dowdy, had a decidedly low-budget feel to its cabin and never really registered on most consumers' radar as a mainstream option.
Now in its third generation, the Tucson offers sharp exterior styling and a slick interior to match. There's no V6 option, but the current four-cylinder choices provide respectable performance along with greater fuel efficiency than the earlier, considerably less powerful base four-cylinder engine. Overall, the current Hyundai Tucson is a considerably more capable and interesting vehicle than before. As with most of Hyundai's product line, each generation is an improvement on the last, and the third-generation Tucson is no exception.
Current Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson is a five-passenger SUV currently available in six trim levels. That may seem like a lot, but they're much less complicated than some competitors. The Tucson's trim levels start with the base SE, then move up to the SE Plus, Eco, Sport, Night and Limited.
Two engines are available for the Tucson. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 164 horsepower. It's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and powers both the SE and SE Plus. All other trims use a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 175 hp and significantly more torque than the 2.0-liter. The more powerful engine is paired with a more refined seven-speed transmission. All Tucson trims can be had with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The base SE trim comes standard with features such as alloy wheels, heated mirrors, climate control, cruise control, bluetooth, a rearview camera, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, height-adjustable driver seat, split-folding rear seats with recline, and a 5-inch touchscreen. The Eco has the same basic equipment, but uses the 1.6-liter engine.
The Sport trim gets bigger wheels, a hands-free power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, and upgraded interior trim and safety technology. Night trim is primarily a visual upgrade to the Sport trim, with lots of blacked-out exterior and interior trim pieces, including black wheels, but it also gets a panoramic sunroof as standard equipment. Both trims are powered by the 1.6-liter engine.
Stepping up to the SE Plus and Limited trims adds LED lights, leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and an upgraded stereo system. The big difference between the two is that the SE Plus uses the 2.0-liter engine, while the Limited uses the 1.6. The Limited can also be optioned with the Ultimate package, which adds the panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, parking sensors, and more active safety technology.
In reviews, we praised the Tucson for offering a lot of technology, roominess and comfort. There's plenty of storage space, and we particularly like the proximity-activated power liftgate. While the base trims can feel a little plasticky, upgrading to higher trims really improves interior quality. The 2.0-liter engine is a bit unrefined and lacks the power to properly motivate a vehicle of this size, so we recommend the more powerful and efficient 1.6-liter.
Used Hyundai Tucson Models
The current third-generation Hyundai Tucson debuted in 2016. It was a complete redesign, and improved on the previous generation in every aspect. For 2017, the SE Plus and Night trims joined the lineup, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were added to higher trim levels.
The second-generation Hyundai Tucson was produced from 2010 to 2015. Initially, only the GLS and Limited trim levels were available along with an entry-level GL trim introduced (along with its smaller engine) for 2011. For 2013, both the Tucson's ride quality and its fuel economy were slightly improved. The engines prior to 2014 lacked certain improvements that resulted in different power outputs. The 2.0-liter produced 165 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque (and could be had with a manual transmission), while the 2.4-liter produced 176 hp and 168 lb-ft (note these figures were slightly lower in California emissions states). Fuel economy was pretty much the same, however. Other changes that year included revised touchscreen interfaces and the elimination of the base GL trim.
The second-generation Tucson was available in GLS, SE and Limited trim levels. The base GLS came standard with a 2.0-liter engine that produced 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. The SE and Limited models got a 2.4-liter making 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Both were matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. All trim levels offered a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.
The GLS came standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker audio system with an iPod/USB interface. The SE's added perks included automatic headlights, a rearview camera, a power driver seat, heated front seats and upgraded upholstery. The Limited sported 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control. In 2014, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics was added. Optional on the Limited were a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded sound system and a navigation system.
In reviews, we appreciated the Tucson's combination of style, sophistication and sharp road manners. Inside, controls were simple and easy to reach, and the contoured twin-cowl dash and available two-tone color schemes set the Tucson apart from competitors with plainer, less imaginative interiors. There was plenty of room for four adults and the backseat reclines, but maximum cargo capacity was down compared to competitors. We recommend models made after 2014, especially for buyers looking at the Limited trim, to take advantage of the improved engine and interior technology.
The first-generation Tucson was produced from 2005 to 2009. In 2005, Hyundai called the top-line model the LX rather than Limited, but from 2006 on there were three constant trim levels: GL, GLS and Limited. Other notable changes were limited to the 2008 addition of active head restraints, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. Every first-generation Hyundai Tucson had antilock brakes, stability control, front seat-mounted side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.
The base GL was powered by a 140-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual (mandatory on AWD models) or a four-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment included four-wheel disc brakes, alloy wheels and heated outside mirrors. The GLS had a 173-hp, 2.7-liter V6 and a four-speed automatic transmission as well as additional standard features. The top-shelf Limited model boasted items such as a sunroof, leather seats, automatic climate control and an upgraded audio system. As of 2009, a navigation system and a Kenwood audio system upgrade were optional.
In reviews, we praised the first-generation Tucson for its roomy interior and generous list of standard comfort and safety features. When the 60/40-split rear seat was folded flat, it opened up a respectable 65 cubic feet of cargo space - more than the second-generation Tucson. On the downside, the four-cylinder simply didn't have enough power to move the Tucson with any authority, and the V6 was barely better than the four-cylinder engines found in some competing SUVs. Bland styling and inconsistent interior quality were also lowlights. While the first generation can still be a practical bargain, we recommend looking at the second generation due to its myriad improvements.
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