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2016 SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $22,700
2016 SE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,100
2016 Eco 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,150
2016 Eco 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,550
2016 Sport 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,150
2016 Sport 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,550
2016 Limited 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,900
2016 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $31,300


The Hyundai Tucson marks the brand's biggest assault on the booming compact crossover segment.

What's New for 2016

Hyundai released the third-generation Tucson for 2016, after its debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Significantly larger in most directions, the new Tucson has interior dimensions more in line with the top compact SUVs. New features have been introduced, such as a turbocharged engine on most versions, as well as a panoramic sunroof and ventilated front seats.

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Choosing Your Hyundai Tucson

All Tucsons are two-row SUVs with seating for five and standard front-wheel drive, or optional all-wheel drive. The base SE model comes with a 2-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic, while Eco, Sport and Limited models get a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 7-speed dual-clutch automated transmission. All engines get selectable drive modes for economy and sport modes. Eco has special modifications to get fuel economy up to an EPA-rated 26 city, 33 highway on front-wheel drive models.

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Base models come standard with the 2-liter engine and six-speed automatic, as well as power windows, locks and mirrors, 17-inch aluminum wheels, LED rear lights, automatic headlamps, rear privacy glass, cloth upholstery, driver's side height adjustment, trip computer, air conditioning and six-speaker audio system with 5-inch touchscreen and backup camera, USB/AUX inputs and Bluetooth. All-wheel drive is an option. The Preferred Package adds LED running lights, front fog lights, roof rails and lighted vanity mirrors. The Popular Equipment Package goes further, with a power driver's seat.

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The Eco model replaces the SE's 2-liter with the 1.6-liter turbo and a seven-speed transmission. It also adds standard LED running lights, lighted vanity mirrors, roof rails and an 8-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment. Eco models also get superior fuel ratings among Tucsons.

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The Sport adds 19-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, power tailgate with a hands-free function, keyless entry and start, heated front seats and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel.

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The loaded Limited goes further with leather upholstery, LED headlights, a chrome grille, padded instrument panel, power front passenger's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror with garage door opener and an 8-inch color touchscreen with navigation and an 8-speaker audio system. The Ultimate Package adds HID headlamps, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, panoramic moonroof, cooled front seats and heated rear seats.

CarsDirect Tip

While SE has a lot to offer for the money, you'd be better served springing at least for an Eco to get the more sophisticated engine and transmission combination.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

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Improved inside and out, Hyundai's all-new 2016 Tucson makes great strides in distinguishing itself in a crowded compact crossover segment.

Pricing and Equipment

Pricing for the all-new 2016 Tucson SE starts at $22,700. The base all-wheel drive SE Popular model starts at $24,850.

Those looking for the all-new 1.6-liter turbo can opt for the Eco model (FWD $24,150, AWD $25,550), the 19-inch wheel clad Sport (FWD $26,150, AWD $27,550), nicely equipped Limited (FWD $29,900, AWD $31,300) or the Limited Ultimate (FWD $32,650, AWD $34,050). Prices do not include an $895 destination charge.

All models include Hyundai’s 5-year/60,000 fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary roadside assistance.

Performance Pros

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The Tucson’s base powertrain is a slightly more efficient version of the currently offered 2-liter direct-injected four-cylinder providing 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque when coupled with a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Tweaks to the transmission's design gives the front-wheel drive model a one mpg advantage over the 2015 model at 23 city, 31 highway and 26 combined mpg.

The real news for 2016 is a new 1.6-liter turbocharged direct-injected four-cylinder that creates 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque found in the Eco, Sport, and Limited models. Full torque hits at 1,500 rpm and hangs onto that number until it revs to 4,500 rpm, which means that you almost instantly reach full torque at any point when you are accelerating.

Equally newsworthy is Hyundai’s choice to attach a first-in-segment seven-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission (DCT) to the tiny turbocharged engine. The pair deliver a driving sensation that belies displacement and fuel economy numbers.

  • Tucson’s Eco FWD model achieves 26 city, 33 highway, and 29 combined mpg. Sport and Limited FWD models gain 19-inch wheels but lose fuel economy at 25 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined. Hyundai also increased the fuel tank by 1.1 gallons for extra range and less time at the pump.
  • Handling is also greatly improved. The standard leather-wrapped steering wheel is attached to a new motor-driven power steering system that is built from lightweight rigid aluminum. The new system reduces friction by more than 20 percent. My time behind the wheel revealed a compliant, easy-to-drive crossover. There was no learning curve -- the Tucson welcomed me as a driver and encouraged me to drive to my heart’s content.
  • The increased wheelbase and width add up to enhanced driving stability and better handling response.
  • The completely overhauled suspension is 20% stiffer than outgoing models. The improvements equate to a quieter ride that helps the Tucson shine in a crowded segment.

Performance Cons

  • While the 195-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo is certainly impressive for its size, full throttle acceleration is less than inspiring.
  • Towing capacity is limited to only 1,000 pounds, or 1,500 pounds with trailer brakes.

Interior Pros

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  • Learning from the short-comings of the previous model, the new Tucson is three inches longer and more than an inch wider, which equates to greater interior volume and more than five cubic feet of additional cargo space.
  • The interior moves upscale by refining the instrumentation and upgrading touch points with premium soft-touch materials, especially in the higher trims levels.

Interior Cons

  • Lower trim levels are plagued with an abundance of hard touch plastics.
  • Cargo space, while improved for 2016, still falls short of many direct competitors.

Most Pleasant Surprise

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Hyundai has continually surprised the auto industry, and more importantly the consumer, by offering game-changing safety technology at a reasonable price. New for 2016, along with the standard rearview camera, the Tucson can be equipped with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning system, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, and backup warning sensors.

Cynics may argue that this much technology is excessive and unnecessary, but my time spent in vehicles so equipped has proven the opposite. Most of the time the systems are superfluous, they are only confirming what I have already observed.

However, occasionally -- especially in crowded shopping center parking lots -- the safety systems alert me of potential fender-bending-paint-scraping-pedestrian bumping incidents that I would otherwise be unaware of. Properly equipped, the Tucson can see things that you cannot, requires no thanks and doesn’t dish out any guilt trips in the process.

Least Pleasant Surprise

In the majority of driving situations, the Tucson feels up to the job, even eager to please. However, the size of the vehicle seems to overwhelm the tiny turbo engine in full-throttle situations.

Bottom Line

Driving enthusiasts will likely find the Tucson’s powertrain a little underwhelming and those looking for a vehicle to tow will be better served by some of the Tucson’s competitors. However, Hyundai’s newest compact crossover offers a compliant, comfortable ride while achieving decent fuel mileage and gets lots of extra credit for features, style and finesse.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 164 HP / 151 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 31 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 164 HP / 151 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 31 / 27 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
16.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
61.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
102 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
176.2 "
Exterior Width
72.8 "
Exterior Height
64.8 "
Front Headroom
39.6 "
Rear Headroom
39.2 "
Front Legroom
41.5 "
Rear Legroom
38.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,325 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
17.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Cloth / Yes Essentials Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
6-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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