First Drive: 2016 Hyundai Tucson

We have to face the music… crossovers are not only here to stay, but they’re growing in numbers. The good news is that they’re also getting better every time a new one comes to market. Need more proof? Take a look at the all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson.

We trekked to Minnesota to sample the latest from Hyundai, and we were pleasantly surprised by what we found. This crossover comes packing a new 1.6-liter turbo four cylinder engine, heated and ventilated front seats, a power rear liftgate, and all of the tech bits you’ve come to expect from a modern car.

Additionally, Hyundai teamed up with Magna to develop the all-wheel-drive system that’s available on the Tucson. This is the same company that makes the AWD unit for Porsche and its Cayenne. Don’t expect Porsche-levels of performance of course, but know you’re getting a system designed to do its job well.

It’s getting harder to choose a definitive winner in this segment, as every automaker offers one up and it’s usually quite good. You have to dig into the nitty-gritty of features, driving dynamics, and styling to find the one that appeals to you.

If you’re shopping for a crossover, you almost can’t make a wrong choice. Well, you could’ve picked a wagon but those, sadly, are getting harder to find…
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Comments

Coupydog says:

I am all for this vehicle, but wish Hyundai would complete the “full” LED treatment with LED amber turn signals, all around.  Not just in the Tucson, but all the way up to the $55,000 Genesis, they still have incandescent turn bulbs. It would be very easy for a Manufacturer to offer this but very tedious for the average owner to splice wires, mount a resistor, etc. Not fun!

420apache657 says:

is the dsg slow to respond around town like the audi/vw version

Dominic Joseph says:

Love this colour!!! – is it Ultimate Red or Ruby Wine Red? Here in the UK we have the Premium SE range topper trim which is your Limited Trim I would guess, and this colour looks fantastic on those wheels and dark glassed out roof. I also test drove the ranger topper CX5 and this new Tucson and I’m really torn between the two! 🙂

faztang says:

Limited 4WD loaded is 35K. This review keeps saying around 30K loaded which is not the case.

Brendan A. MacWade says:

On my new car list. But I am still loving my 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring. The poor man’s Golf Sportwagen. The brown Tucson is called Mojave Sand. And the orange color is called Sedona Sunset (of course).

Manuel Carrillo III says:

Can’t wait to see more drone shots.

Bruno TaTa says:

Thanks, great summary of the vehicle.

DoubleD 613 says:

Beautiful car but this thing is overpriced as are all new cars forcing ppl to finance them over 84-96 months! It’s ridiculous

SimpleGamer says:

Any info on if this has android auto?

George McNally says:

I own a mid-level 2014 Elantra, my neighbor owns a 2015 Tuscon, a 2009 Elantra and an Accent (we really like our perspective rides)…..I like the interior of the new Tuscon, but the trim around the wheel wheels really cheapens the appearance.

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