Is The All-New Tucson A Good Choice For A CSUV?
I had the keys to this Tucson for a week. Here are my thoughts.
The Hyundai Tucson has been around for a few generations. Now, this one has received a bit of a refresh. We already know Hyundai has stepped up its game and raised the ante on the world of vehicles. With this new Tucson, does it have what it takes to continue on this trend? Let's find out.
The exterior styling of the Tucson, to simply put it, is gorgeous. The most captivating piece of art goes to the new headlights and how they blend with the grille when off. But when lit, it gives the Tucson a new personna. More character to be more exact. What adds to the beauty are the simple lines and curves that course around the body. All-in-all, the Tucson is a real neck-breaker.
Interior design of the Tucson is one of simplistic luxury. Sure, the trim blends well together even though it is mainly made of leather and palstic with a bit of metal trim. But the simple bit of luxury comes in the form of a push-button gear selector, touch-sensitive controls, and other things found in fancier vehicles that go for a higher price. There is plenty of cabin space where I can sit comfortably behind myself as well as fit a few suitcases in the trunk. The seats offer plenty of support and comfort for long drives.
Pricing and Options
So, how much does this Tucson cost? With everything added up, the total price comes to an unknown number on the build sheet. But the Limited model starts at almost $35,000 without the hybrid system. Regardless, what does the potential owner get with this Tucson? For safety, this tucson comes with forward collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist as well as lane following assist, driver attention warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic avoidance collision assist, safe exit warning, electronic stability control, traction control, AVS with electronic brake force distribution, downhill brake control, adaptive cruise control, multiple airbags, rollover sensors, and TPMS. For comfort and convenience, the Tucson comes with ambient lighting, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated powered front seats, wireless device charging, multiple USB outlets, sat-nav, infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity as well as Android auto and Apple Carplay capabilities, and a Bose premium sound system. The best things Hyundai offers with the Tucson, like all other vehicles, are the warranties. The most looked-at warranty has to be the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty as well as hybrid warranty. Who else offers that?
The 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder paired with the hybrid system produces a mere 226-horsepoewr to all four wheels. With my driving habits, I was able to achieve 32 miles per gallon. As far as ride comfort goes, the Tucson is great. The suspension keeps everything tidy while allowing no drama going over bumps or into potholes. The steering is light and direct. As for braking, the weight of the Tucson cannot be felt. I would not have expected anything less out of it.
So, is the Tucson a good choice for a CSUV? In short, yes it is. Why? For me it is mainly because of two things: One being the warranties that Hyundai offers and how unrivaled they are. And second, the styling is flawless. Timeless even. Like a painting. But mainly for me, it is due to the warranties offered by the manufacturer. And they do stand by them through and through.
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