2018 Hyundai Tucson
Considering the inundation of options made available in today’s crossover and SUV segment, it can be difficult for offerings to distinguish themselves from one another. Partially to blame is the inherent rigidity of unibody car-inspired crossovers and body-on-frame truck-inspired SUVs, when focused on creating passenger and cargo space. Leaving little room for innovative body styling, distinction falls within the minutiae, making vehicles reliant upon badging, fascia and contouring features to set themselves apart from their competition.
Of course, it becomes important for each offering to understand the demands of its customer base. With this in mind, a trend among today’s small crossovers is to capture the attention of a more youthful mindset. Less influenced by the practical, utilitarian demands of larger SUV, small crossovers grant themselves more design flexibility.
Able to be fun, funky and sporty, their unique designs are often complemented by a selection of innovative color choices and a treasure trove of technologies. And with a more diminutive footprint, these small crossovers remain accessibly priced with impressive fuel economy. In the eyes of a connected generation of drivers aiming to be as responsible economically as they are ecologically, it’s hard to argue with their value.
A perfect example comes in the form of the 2018 Hyundai Tucson – Charlotte, NC drivers recognize this which is why so many make there way to Keffer Hyundai for a closer look.
30 MPG Highway
An inarguable cornerstone of successful small crossovers, technology can no longer be looked at as ‘optional’. At the (base) SE level, the Tucson is Bluetooth-enabled a features an infotainment system built around a 5-inch touchscreen (mated to a rearview camera) and a six-speaker sound system. The latter offers satellite radio and CD, as well as USB and auxiliary inputs.
Ascending through trim levels, these features are upgraded to an 8-inch touchscreen and eight-speaker audio. Further enhancements include built-in navigation, HD radio, and smartphone integration as well as Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics. Properly-equipped, the latter offers a number of cool features, including Remote Ignition, Car Finder and Stolen Vehicle Recovery (many of which can be accessed through a smartphone)
And the Tucson’s ample technologies extend to its Safety and Driver Assist features. Complimenting its Five-Star Rating in government crash tests, Hyundai offers the Tucson with enhancement packages that include such features as lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and mitigation, as well as pedestrian detection and automatic braking.
Depending on the trim level selected, the Tucson offers two primary powertrains. The base option is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Rated for 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque, fuel economy is estimated at 26 mpg combined (23 mpg City, 30 mpg Highway) for full-wheel drive, and 23 mpg combined (21 City, 26 Highway) for all-wheel drive.
Aside from the (base) SE, SE and SE Plus trims, the remaining options come standard with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Channeling 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, the Tucson is a confident performer with equally assured acceleration. Its 7.9-second sprint to 60 mph is commendable within the segment; and it retains strong fuel economy as well, offering 27 mpg combined (25 mpg City, 30 mpg Highway).
Mirroring its upscale exterior, the interior aesthetic of the Tucson reflects a clear sense of refinement. Complimented by the unique curvature of its’ fore-cabin dashboard, there is a clear intent to eliminate excess from the gauge cluster and infotainment controls. This is evident in a commendable blend of physical buttons and touchscreen interface, eliminating dead space and catering equally to both form and function.
Easing inside the Tucson reveals a spacious cabin, allowing for ample space to accommodate passengers of all sizes. Seating is comfortable, and there are a number of material finishes to explore throughout the trim levels. Unlike some of its competition, the Tucson even offers rear-seating designed with taller passengers in mind. Confident in its own spaciousness, it also features fold-down seating that allows for ample cargo space.
Overall, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson rates as a thoroughly-conceived offering, consistent in all areas of design.
While the Tucson received a full redesign for the 2016 model year, its sleek restyling was so innovative that it still feels fresh today. The embodiment of a new design language which Hyundai referred to as ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ the Tucson remains evocative of continual evolution.
Flowing backward from its aggressive front fascia, the Tucson’s overall aesthetic is enhanced by a number of contours and ridge-lines. Adding an edge to its aerodynamic curvature, these accents save the Tucson from many of the passive pitfalls that restrict so many crossovers.
With its sleek roofline and raised rear, the Tucson strikes a distinctive profile. The overall result is a more luxury-inspired aesthetic that contradicts the Tucson’s accessible price tag. And the seven primary color choices include such eye-catching options as the provocative Ruby Wine (Red), energized Sedona Sunset (Orange) and the serene Caribbean Blue.