Full of tech
Date Posted: July 4, 2016
By Zack Spencer
The Hyundai Tucson grows in size. The compact crossover or small SUV has grown into the number one category in Canada. Canadians love these practical, vehicles. The Hyundai Tucson moves out in front in terms of features and technology.
Hyundai has long been a value brand but with the introduction of the latest Tucson it has also moved into a brand that features new technology and leading-edge engineering.
The latest Tucson is larger than its predecessor and showcases a similar design to the larger Santa Fe SUV. It is longer, wider but slightly lower than the older model and has a longer wheelbase, providing more interior space.
All Tucson models come with alloy wheels, either 17 or 19-inches. The Tucson can be equipped with halogen, HID or even LED headlight technology and an available hands-free power tailgate on higher end trim levels.
It comes with two engine options and two transmissions and can be equipped with FWD or AWD. The base engine is anything but basic. It is a GDI 2.0L 4-cylinder with 164hp. This engine is matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai also offers an advanced engine and transmission combo with a 1.6L turbocharged GDI engine with 175hp but more importantly 195lb.-ft of torque. This turbo runs on regular gasoline. This engine is matched to a duel-clutch 7-speed transmission for crisper shifts and better economy.
Fuel economy is rated at 9.9L/100km in the City and 8.4 on the highway (US 24MPG in the city and 28 on the highway) with the turbo engine.
The interior comes standard with a 5-inch display audio system and higher trims level get the larger 8-inch screen that also comes with navigation. All models get a standard backup camera and Bluetooth.
Safety is covered with front, side and curtain air bags along with standard traction and stability control. The Tucson is available with a lane departure warning system and forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking but only on the top model.
The Tucson starts at roughly $24,000 (US $23,000) for FWD models and the non-turbo engine. The Turbo starts at around $31,000 (US $24,000) and top version starting at just under $40,000 (US $31,000)
The Hyundai Tucson started out as a basic, low price vehicle. Now it is a value brand packed with available high tech engines and transmissions, plus available advanced safety.
The base 4-cylinder shouldn’t be overlooked; it is a solid choice and is much less expensive than the turbo. Hyundai has kicked it up a notch with this latest Tucson.
available high tech engines and transmissions, plus available advanced safety