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2016 Hyundai Tucson Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Hyundai Tucson was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson earns praise from reviewers who say its cabin is exceptionally quiet and roomy in both rows. Test drivers appreciate the Tucson's ample standard and available features and agree that the touch-screen display is easy to use. While automotive journalists like the Tucson's simple cabin styling and straightforward dashboard layout, they are disappointed by the hard plastic interior materials, even in upper trims. The Tucson's cargo capacity is decent for the class.

  • "The interior design is competent and clear, with all the buttons laid out exactly where you might expect. There's no fussy styling, no obvious inexpensive touches and no clear faults. Make no mistake, the Tucson's interior isn't exactly futuristic, but it's a simple, no-nonsense design that makes everything easy to reach, use and find." -- AutoTrader
  • "Unlike the exterior that is both more stylish and grown-up than its predecessor, the interior design is just more grown-up - as in a khaki pants, business casual sort of way. The materials are just average, with prominent stretches of hard, scratchy plastic spread throughout the cabin that make the Tucson's cabin feel mid-pack at best, the all-black cabin in particular." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior boasts plenty of small upgrades, including a cleaner dashboard layout, enhanced infotainment functions, and more comfortable seats. But lower-trim models use lots of hard-plastic trim, and even the top-trim Limited model, with its stitched leather inserts, doesn't quite feel up to its $30,000-plus price tag. A bit more flair would be appreciated here." -- Automobile Magazine

Seating

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson seats five on cloth upholstery. Reclining second-row seats are standard, and leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats and ventilated front seats are optional. Test drivers rave about the redesigned Tucson's incredibly quiet cabin, noting that there is virtually no engine or road noise. Reviewers say the front seats are comfortable, and the adjustable rear seats are very spacious, which is a rare compliment for the class.

  • "The additional width and wheelbase is especially noteworthy, as it brings those dimensions on par with competitors like the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. The result is a more passenger-friendly cabin, especially for passengers in back. The 60/40-split rear seat is mounted high, providing ample thigh support, and there is plenty of legroom even with a 6-footer up front. An additional 11 degrees of seatback recline is welcome as well." -- Edmunds
  • "The Tucson also has a lot of room inside. I was just as comfortable in the second row-which includes heated seats-as I was in the front. Additionally, the second row, which offers a 60/40 split to fold, can be adjusted to lean back." -- Motor Trend
  • "At highway speeds there is essentially zero engine or road noise in the cabin, leaving only hushed wind noise at a level you'll barely notice." -- Forbes
  • Hyundai lowered the Tucson's roofline by less than an inch for 2016, but headroom is still ample, front and back. Backseat passengers also will have plenty of legroom on comfortable, bolstered outboard seats. The middle position is less ideal: The seat is narrower and harder and the shoulder portion of the seat belt retracts from the ceiling, impacting the driver's rearward visibility." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The redesigned 2016 Hyundai Tucson comes standard with a rearview camera, 5-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth phone connectivity, iPod connectivity, a USB port and steering wheel-mounted controls. Optional equipment includes a panoramic sunroof, proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control and an 8-inch touch screen with navigation. Available driver assist safety features include lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and rear parking sensors.

Reviewers are thrilled with the Hyundai Tucson's long list of standard features and the availability of high-tech safety features that weren’t offered on previous models. Both the standard and optional touch screens have crisp displays and are simple to use, auto writers add.

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  • "The Tucson also feels quite modern. Here we use that to mean technology, which this CUV offers in spades. LED headlights, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, a massive panoramic sunroof, and a choice of either five- or eight-inch touchscreens can all be had on at least one of the Tucson's four trims. There's even an awesomely smart, hands-free liftgate." -- Autoblog
  • "The gauges are crisp, the center stack intuitive, and the center console well laid out." -- Motor Trend
  • "The 5-inch touchscreen audio interface found on the SE, Eco and Sport isn't especially attractive or high-tech in appearance, but the layout is refreshingly simple, with easily pressed virtual buttons sharing space with song data from the radio or media player. The Limited's 8-inch touchscreen greatly expands functionality, yet remains one of the easier such interfaces to use. Whether you're tech-averse or an early adopter, the Tucson's electronics interface is likely to meet with your approval." -- Edmunds
  • "We were also impressed by the Tucson's long list of available features, which now includes the latest safety gadgets such as lane-departure warning and automatic emergency braking, along with luxury-car-like features such as xenon headlights, a 4.2-inch LCD screen in the gauge cluster, an 8-in color touchscreen and keyless access with a push-button starter. Of course, none of these items are standard, but the fact that they're available at all shows just how far the Tucson has come over its outdated predecessor." -- AutoTrader

Cargo

With its rear seats in use, the 2016 Tucson has 31 cubic feet of cargo space, and 61.9 cubic feet with them folded. That's just above average for the class, and rivals like the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Subaru Forester offer more than 70 cubic feet of cargo space. While some reviewers are disappointed with the Tucson's cargo capacity, and wish the space offered the flexibility of rivals’ cargo areas, others say there's plenty of space. A few also point out that there are lots of interior storage compartments. A hands-free power liftgate is available.    

  • "The 176-inch-long Tucson gives up a few cubic feet of cargo space compared with the CR-V and the RAV4, both with the rear seats up and with the rear seats folded. More important, it's not as cleverly packaged. The Toyota and Honda offer significantly lower load heights, rear seats that truly fold flat into the floor, and a few extra storage spaces around the cabin than the Hyundai does. These are small details, yes, but details that matter when you're struggling to load that last box or grocery bag." -- Automobile Magazine
  • Even with its larger overall dimensions, the Tucson still falls a bit short in terms of cargo capacity. Its 31 cubic feet of space with the rear seats raised and 61.9 cubic feet with them lowered is considerably more than before, but on paper, the cargo area remains among the smallest in the segment. However, numbers can be a bit deceiving. Compared to the likes of the Ford Escape or Jeep Cherokee, the Tucson's cargo area is wider and easier to load, with the added bonus of a floor that can be lowered an additional 2 inches for some extra space." -- Edmunds
  • "Little features, such as the power liftgate that opens automatically when you approach the Tucson and have the key in your pocket, reward the owner. This is one step better than Ford's system that requires the owner to shake a leg under the bumper in something that resembles a sobriety test. Behind that liftgate is a cargo area with 31 cubic feet of storage with the second row up. Fold that down, and the Tucson has 61.9 cubic feet of space." -- Motor Trend
  • "Small-item storage in front is excellent with a medium-sized center console (not quite large enough for my purse, however) a large uncovered bin under the climate controls, another smaller one near the center cupholders and a narrow, magazine-sized cubby flanking the instrument panel at leg level. … There's 31.0 cubic feet behind the rear seats, 5.3 cubic feet more than the outgoing model. By comparison, Honda's CR-V offers a bit more cargo volume with 35.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats." -- Cars.com

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