Hyundai introduced the 2016 Tucson at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday. The redesigned compact SUV features a new available turbocharged engine, several new safety technologies, a roomier interior and improved fuel efficiency over the 2015 model.
The 2016 Tucson’s new turbocharged engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 175 horsepower. It’s mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. This engine replaces the 2.4-liter four-cylinder from last year's Tucson. The base 2016 Tucson has a carryover 164-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.
With the new turbocharged engine and front-wheel drive, Hyundai expects the 2016 Tucson to return 26/33 mpg city/highway, which is a 5 mpg improvement over the 2015 model’s 2.4-liter engine. 2016 models equipped with the base engine and front-wheel drive are projected to earn 23/31 mpg, which is a slight improvement over the 2015 base model’s 23/29 mpg EPA rating.
The 2016 Tucson is longer and wider than the outgoing model, which translates to more space in the cabin and five additional cubic feet of cargo volume. An available hands-free power liftgate is new for 2016.
Up front, a new 5-inch color LCD touch screen and a rearview camera are standard. An eight-speaker audio system, an 8-inch touch screen and access to Pandora Internet Radio and Yelp are some of the newly available infotainment features. The cabin has more soft-touch materials for 2016, and Motor Trend comments that the changes give the new Tucson a “more premium feel.”
New safety technologies available in the 2016 Tucson include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and forward collision warning with automatic braking.
Some of the Tucson’s top competitors are the Honda CR-V, GMC Terrain and Mazda CX-5. The 2015 Tucson currently ranks 12th of 25 affordable compact SUVs. Do you think this redesign will be enough to propel the 2016 Tucson to the top of the class?
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson goes on sale this July. Official pricing has not yet been announced, but the 2015 model starts at $21,650.