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2016 Hyundai Tucson Walk Around


The new sculpted styling of the Tucson gives it an upscale presence that makes the old model look line an economy car. It’s a dynamic design, with a short greenhouse, and the 19-inch wheels on the Sport and Limited models make the car look restless, while giving it a sense of motion.

In the front, the hexagonal grille says Hyundai, with sharply geometric headlamps that are striking. The rear is recognizably Hyundai too, with muscular horizontal lines in the fascia.

The new Tucson looks like it should be expensive.

Interior

The Tucson dashboard and console have an elegant simplicity, and offer an excellent view of the road. The layout of the controls is superb. The analog gauges are free of fancy and hard-to-read graphics. The center stack combines buttons for main functions and an eight-inch touchscreen for other things, although the base SE model only gets a five-inch touchscreen.

On the Limited model, the interior materials are pleasing, with much soft-touch trim, and where there is hard plastic it’s not offensive. But the SE is full of hard plastic. SE seats are fabric, while the Limited’s thickly bolstered leather seats are plush.

The cabin is serenely quiet, and roomy with four adults, but there isn’t as much cargo space as in some other compact crossovers, for example the CR-V, RAV4 and Escape. The split 60/40 rear seats create 62 cubic feet of cargo space when they’re folded, and 30 cubic feet then they’re up. To accommodate taller items, the cargo floor can be lowered with a lever by two inches. The liftgate on the Sport and Limited opens with the key fob.

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