2017 Hyundai Tucson

Compact crossover SUVs continue to be one of the most coveted automotive segments. In fact, according to sales data provided by Good Car Bad Car, July of 2016 represented the first time sales for compact SUV/CUVs exceeded car sales. This trend continued into August of 2016 as well.

A big reason for the increase in sales is more car buyers see the appeal in compact SUVs for a variety of reasons, including style, affordability, performance, cargo space and better fuel efficiency relative to past models.

A good embodiment of what the compact SUV segment offers you is the 2017 Hyundai Tucson. The Tucson SUV continues to build a solid reputation based on critical acclaim, as it earned Kelley Blue Book’s Award for the lowest projected five-year cost of ownership. As its reputation grows so do its sales figures. In September of 2016, sales for the Tucson spiked 59 percent compared to September 2015 sales.

Here’s a closer look at why the 2017 Hyundai Tucson should keep the SUV’s appeal growing for the foreseeable future.

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Design

SUV owners want captivating designs and in this regard, the Hyundai Tucson doesn’t shy away from attention. Generating more appeal are the prominent hexagonal grille, standard rear spoiler, sculpted hood and bevel-cut chrome exhaust tips. The finished product resembles aggressive European styling that’s noticeable in every detail of its design.

Inside, the SUV belies the standard compact crossover flair through elevation. The Tucson’s interior possesses luxury touches with its available leather-trimmed seating selections. Moreover, Hyundai generously appointed space for passengers and cargo, giving the Tucson more rear legroom than comparable offerings like the Toyota RAV4 and the Subaru Forester.

To enhance your drives you can select the available panoramic sunroof that extends from the front seats to the back. This allows ample natural light in for mesmerizing views for your passengers. Overall, the mix of elegance and functional offerings create the perfect marriage of options and style SUV owners want.

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Performance

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson isn’t a powerhouse, but it’s surprisingly capable and exceptionally efficient. For the new model, you have two engine options: the Tucson SE 2.0L four-cylinder engine and the 1.6 Turbo GDI engine. The 2.0L engine earns up to 30 highway mpg while the Turbo engine delivers a respectable 175-horsepower and receives up to 32 highway mpg. So, either way, you’ll receive excellent efficiency.

To deliver better drives, you have your choice between two transmissions. The standard offering is the six-speed automatic transmission that delivers polished handling. You could upgrade to the seven-speed EcoShift dual clutch transmission. This is a class-exclusive transmission, meaning you won’t find it on other models in its segment. It provides the proper balance between efficiency and power performance.

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Safety

Hyundai includes many of the top safety technologies available for its Tucson and a few others competitors don’t use in their compact models. To demonstrate, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson has the available Automatic Emergency Braking system with Pedestrian Detection. Simply, this system scans for pedestrians and incoming traffic and will apply automatic braking if it senses a collision is imminent. This helpful feature isn’t available on the Ford Escape or the Nissan Rogue.

Another benefit you receive with Hyundai is the available lane change assist system. How this works is it examines the closing speed of an approaching vehicle in the lane next to you. If it deems changing lanes is unsafe it will alert you through an audible and visual warning. You won’t find these features on the Nissan Rogue or Toyota RAV4.

Warranty

One of the most overlooked components when buying a model is the warranty offered by the manufacturer. In many regards, it can signify how confident a company is in the vehicle it made. Hyundai expresses full confidence in its models, as when you buy the Tucson, you receive 10 years or up to 100,000 miles of its powertrain limited warranty. When you consider manufacturers like Chevrolet only offer five years or up to 60,000 miles for their limited powertrain warranties, it shows how much more impressive Hyundai’s offering is.

How the Tucson Compares

Another area of consideration is to see how the 2017 Hyundai Tucson measures up to its competitors. To assist us in this regard, we used the automotive research website AxleGeeks to compare key metrics.

  • Cost: The 2017 Hyundai Tucson has a starting price of $22,700, this makes it $4,650 less expensive than the average cost of 2017 compact SUVs.
  • Fuel efficiency: Because of Hyundai’s adept engineering on its engines, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson receives a combined 26 highway mpg—this is factoring in the 2.0L Inline four-cylinder engine. Its combined fuel efficiency is better than average, but there are other models in its segment that offer better fuel economy such as the Subaru Outback (28 mpg) and the Chevrolet Trax (29 mpg).
  • Trunk/Cargo Space: Hyundai’s generous design accounts for ample space for your cargo. The 2017 Hyundai Tucson’s cargo capacity of 61.9 cubic feet gives it a 26 percent advantage on its segment counterparts. Meanwhile, it has 31 cubic feet of trunk space, giving you more space than the Ford Escape S and the Subaru Outback 2.5i.

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Our Take

There are many reasons why more people are buying the Hyundai Tucson. Its reputation continues to grow thanks to accolades by leading automotive experts like Kelley Blue Book. Furthermore, its European styling appeals to buyers wanting a curvier SUV.

Of course, the main selling points are what you receive for the money. The 2017 Hyundai Tucson is more affordable than many of its counterparts, delivers good fuel economy and possesses ample interior space. Its best features are in the areas SUV buyers value the most. Therefore, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson is one of the best options available in a segment that continues to grow at a rapid pace.

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