As compact SUVs continue to gain in popularity with consumers, automakers have been working to keep their products fresh. Keeping in step with the rest of the market, the Hyundai Tucson is fully redesigned for 2016, and starts at $23,595, including $895 for destination. For reference, the 2015 Tucson starts at $22,525, including destination.
Despite being more than $1,000 costlier than the previous model, the redesigned 2016 Tucson's price undercuts that of several top-ranked rivals. Examples include the Honda CR-V ($24,325), GMC Terrain ($24,995), Nissan Rogue ($23,925) and Ford Escape ($23,885). The Mazda CX-5 has a lower starting price ($22,675), but unlike the others, it comes standard with a manual transmission. A base CX-5 with an automatic transmission starts higher than the Tucson, at $24,075.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson comes in four trim levels and has standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available on all trims for an additional $1,400. The base SE trim is powered by a 164-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and has a six-speed automatic transmission. The other three trims have a 175-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The base front-wheel drive Tucson returns an EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg city/highway, while those with the turbocharged engine return 25/30 mpg. The most efficient trim is the Tucson Eco, which is rated at up to 26/33 mpg.
As we reported when it was introduced this April at the New York International Auto Show, the 2016 Tucson has more cabin and cargo space than the model it replaces. It comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, a 5-inch touch-screen audio system and a rearview camera. Major options include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic low-speed braking.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is on sale now. Be sure to check back soon for our full review of the 2016 Tucson.