Car Review - 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD

Some of you have noticed the theme in my recent car reviews. Most of them have been from Hyundai. As I work at a Cadillac / Hyundai dealership, cars from these two marques are most readily available to me. And this week is no different.
This is the 2016 - current Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD. The color is called Mojave Sand, and, honestly...I love it. Brown isn't a color you see on many new cars. There are some of us out there that love brown cars. There's even a facebook group dedicated to Brown Car Awarenes....

The New face in the tucson is alot nicer to look at than the previous model. The Projector headlights and LED driving lights give the exterior a premium feel to it.

For the first month after we got the new Tucsons, this one stood out to me. Partially from the color, partially due to the Turbo and AWD combination..Either way, I like the car.

The 1.6T badge might throw you, though. With 175hp (2 more than my 2006 Subaru Forester 2.5X has from a 2.5L H-4), one would expect a slow eco car...This car, however, isn't. 
The Buzzy little 1.6 Liter Gasoline Direct-Injected Turbo engine actually feels as good as the 2.0L in the Elantra I drove last week, if not stronger.

The Tan and black interior felt well built. The lack of rattles points to excellent build quality. The driving position is a little too upright for my taste. 
As you would expect from the top-of-the-line equipped Limited trim level example, the $35,500 price tag gets to quite alot of bang for the buck, so to speak. SatNav, Hands-free phone, BlueLink, homelink, XM/Sirius radio, HD radio, AM/FM/CD audio, 10-speaker audio, Automatic Dual zone climate control and more. There is even a hill-descent / start mode, locking differentials and 3 driving modes. (Normal, Sport and Eco).

Like with most cars with different modes, the Normal mode is simply default settings. Eco puts things on the more efficient mode, mostly by altering shift points and steering input. Sport mode adds more steering response, faster steering, crisper shift points and possibly a bit different settings involving fuel and spark timing, though I'm not 100% sure on that.

The gauge cluster is even pleasent to look at. While plain in design, the cluster gives all the information you need, and more. From drive mode, chassis settings, lane-keep assist, lane departure, fuel economy, audio information and so much more that I didn't get a chance to play around with.


Overall, I'd have a difficult time finding a reason, other than financial, to choose any other car in this segment over the Tucson. As I mentioned earlier, I have a 2006 Subaru Forester, which is very close in size and power output to the Tucson, though with a larger engine and less weight.

For more information, visit HyundaiUSA.com. For more information about this specific car, check it out here at Suburban Hyundai of Lansing.

And, as always, thanks for reading.

-Phil