The redesigned 2016 Hyundai Tucson currently ranks second of 19 affordable compact SUVs, which is an improvement over the 2015 model that placed tenth in the class when it was new. The Tucson was last redesigned for the 2010 model year, and since then, the popularity of SUVs, particularly small crossover SUVs, has been on the rise. In order to boost the Tucson’s appeal, Hyundai added several new driver-assistance technologies, increased passenger and cargo space and improved fuel economy for 2016.
Under the hood, the 2016 Tucson is available with a new turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower. Although that’s less horsepower than the 2015 model’s optional 2.4-liter engine provides, test drivers report the new turbo engine has more than enough punch. Additionally, a 2016 Tucson equipped with the turbo engine returns an EPA-estimated 26/33 mpg city/highway, which is a 5 mpg improvement over a 2015 model with the 2.4-liter engine.
On the road, critics say the 2016 Tucson is quiet and rides comfortably, which they report is a notable improvement from the 2015 model which suffered from considerable road noise and a somewhat firm ride. Around turns, the new Tucson retains the outgoing model’s stability and composure, test drivers say, although a few think that it still isn’t very sporty compared to some rivals.
Inside, while the 2015 model drew criticism from reviewers for its cramped rear seats, the 2016 Tucson impresses critics with spacious and comfortable second row. Cargo space is also improved for 2016, up from 55.8 to 61.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Up front, test drivers say the new standard 5-inch and optional 8-inch touch screens have clear graphics and are simple to operate.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is available with several new driver-assistance technologies including blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and forward collision warning with automatic braking.
While the 2016 Tucson is an excellent choice for your next compact SUV, check out the competition before making a decision. If you’re looking to have some fun behind the wheel, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is a great option, test drivers report. It also earns reviewer praise for its attractive and upscale interior. The 2015 Honda CR-V, meanwhile, has one of the largest cargo holds in the class and it gets better fuel economy than a similarly-equipped 2016 Tucson.
If you’re looking to buy used, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson is solid option, as it ranks competitively among used compact SUVs $15K to $20K. Auto writers liked its handsome interior and easy-to-use climate, audio and navigation controls when it was new.
U.S. News Best Cars rankings are based on the consensus opinion of America’s top automotive journalists. Our team gathers every published, credible review of a vehicle, and for each third-party review, we score the vehicle on three components: Performance, Interior and Critics' Rating, which is how strongly a reviewer recommends the vehicle. We combine these scores, along with reliability data from J.D. Power and Associates and safety data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, into a weighted average that is based on what car buyers say matters most to them. The result is an overall score for each new car on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best possible score. Our rankings are continually updated as more reviews of a vehicle become available, as well as when new safety and reliability data is released.
In the market for an SUV? Check out our SUV rankings. When you’re ready to buy, use the U.S. News Best Price Program for guaranteed savings on a new vehicle. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.