The Hyundai Tucson is all-new and slightly larger for 2016, with restyled sheetmetal, increased fuel mileage, sharper handling, and more interior space.
A compact crossover SUV, the Tucson is one of Hyundai’s most popular vehicles, competing with the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Chevrolet Trax.
Tucson comes standard with a direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic. Three driving modes (Eco, Regular, Sport) are standard.
Optional is a turbocharged direct-injection 1.6-liter that makes 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet, using a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
In Sport mode, we found the 2.0-liter engine to be peppier than the turbocharged 1.6-liter.
The Tucson is front-wheel drive, with four-wheel drive optional. The system is locked into place by the driver, and moves the power between the front and rear wheels as needed for traction. It includes torque vectoring, which improves cornering by braking the inside rear wheel and driving the outside rear wheel, giving the car a slight rotation.
The 2.0-liter engine is rated at 23/31 mpg City/Highway, and 26 mpg Combined, with front-wheel drive. The 1.6-liter turbo is rated 25/30/27 mpg in the models with 19-inch wheels and more equipment and thus more weight. In the Eco model with 17-inch wheels, the 1.6-liter gets 26/33/29 mpg.
With more high-strength steel in this redesign, the safety ratings are expected to be better than the last Tucson. Six airbags and a rearview camera are standard.