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    Quick Drive: 2017 Hyundai Tucson Limited

    We had high hopes for the Hyundai Tucson when we did a first drive back in August 2015. But when we did our full review last April, we ended it by saying the model wasn’t “the slam dunk we thought it was.” This was due to some key issues such as a small cargo area, a tough value argument and a dual-clutch transmission having some hesitating issues. A year later, we find ourselves revisiting the Tucson. There has been a software update to the transmission, along with some minor changes to the infotainment system and interior.

    • A quick refresher on the Tucson’s powertrain lineup: A 2.0L four-cylinder producing 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque is used on the base SE and SE Plus. The rest of the Tucson lineup features a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic comes standard on the 2.0L, while the turbo 1.6 gets a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
    • The engine does show some turbo lag when leaving a stop, but it will soon pick up steam and move the Tucson at a pretty decent rate. The engine doesn’t feel overtaxed when you need to make a pass.
    • The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission still has issues. While Hyundai has reduced some of the hesitation issues we experienced in the last Tucson via a software update, there is still a fair amount of this when leaving from a dead stop. We also noticed some rough upshifts during our week.
    • At least the ride and handling characteristics have not changed since our last test. The Tucson still provides one of the smoothest rides in the class, even with the Limited’s 19-inch wheels. It doesn’t flinch when going around a corner as body motions are kept in check. A Mazda CX-5 would be more fun to drive as it is quicker when transitioning from one corner to another and the steering has the right amount of weight and feel. Road and wind noise are kept to very acceptable levels.
    • The interior remains mostly unchanged except for a couple of minor things. The 8-inch touchscreen system now features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. We’re impressed with how fast the system was able to find the iPhone and bring up the CarPlay interface. The other change deals with more soft-touch materials being added to various parts of the interior. There is still a fair amount of hard plastics, even on the high-end Limited model which is very disappointing.
    • There is still a lot to like about the Tucson’s interior. Space is plentiful for those sitting in the front or rear seats, even with the optional panoramic sunroof. The list of standard equipment is quite extensive as well. Limited models get automatic headlights, power and heated front seats, an 8-speaker Infinity sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key with push-button start, and blind-spot monitoring.
    • Cargo space still trails competitors with only 31 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 61.9 cubic feet when folded. The CR-V offers 35.2 and 70.9 cubic feet respectively.
    • The Limited seen here came with a $35,210 as-tested price, which is about average for a fully-loaded crossover in this class. But the Tucson becomes a bit of a tough sell when dropping to the lower trims as you cannot get certain features. As we noted in our full review last year, “if you want navigation or dual-zone climate control on the Sport, you’re out of luck.”
    • Despite some of the changes made for 2017, our verdict is much the same as the 2016 Tucson. There is a lot to like about the Tucson, but there are still some issues the company needs to address - smoothing out the dual-clutch and trying to make the model a better value.


    Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Tucson, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas

    Year: 2017
    Make: Hyundai
    Model: Tucson
    Trim: Limited AWD
    Engine: Turbocharged 1.6L GDI Four-Cylinder
    Driveline: Seven-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
    Horsepower @ RPM: 175 @ 5,500
    Torque @ RPM: 195 @ 1,500-4,500
    Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 24/28/25
    Curb Weight: 3,686 lbs
    Location of Manufacture: Ulsan, South Korea
    Base Price: $31,175
    As Tested Price: $35,201 (Includes $895.00 Destination Charge)

    Ultimate Package - $2,750.00
    Cargo Cover - $190.00
    Reversible Cargo Tray - $100.00 
    Rear Bumper Applique - $70.00
    First Aid Kit - $30.00

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    A good friend of mine wife has one of these. After being inside and driving it-I was pretty impressed.

    Dual clutch did okay for me....nothing like the Focus I drove! (Though I need to drive a 16/17 one yet)


    Doesn't look bad either. 

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    1 hour ago, surreal1272 said:

    Not for $35K. Not a chance. 

    That does seem like a lot of dough for an underpowered and small CUV.... actually surprising considering.  Maybe Hyundai feels it has moved up enough in the minds of buyers that they don't need to economically priced in these market segments anymore....?

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    $35k is way too much for this car. 

    That will get you an Equinox Premier Diesel which is more fuel efficient or an Equinox LT 2.0T which is faster.

    You can''t even equip an Escape that high.. and again, the 2.0T will get you there faster.

    Ditto Forester

    At Toyota that gets you a RAV4 Limited Hybrid, so much better fuel economy

    whether you want to go faster or further on a gallon of fuel, there are plenty of better options out there for this price.

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    58 minutes ago, lengnert said:

    That does seem like a lot of dough for an underpowered and small CUV.... actually surprising considering.  Maybe Hyundai feels it has moved up enough in the minds of buyers that they don't need to economically priced in these market segments anymore....?

    Not sure what they are smoking with that price tag but maybe it’s time for them to go to rehab for it. 

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    Pricey, but, atleast from my understanding the upper trim level Tucson comes with ventilated front seats along with a heated steering wheel, both things I would really like along with Android Auto in my next ride.

    Anyways in this class I would get something with more cargo space than a Tucson or Equinox.

    "Cargo space still trails competitors with only 31 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 61.9 cubic feet when folded. The CR-V offers 35.2 and 70.9 cubic feet respectively. "

    The current CRV has 39 and 76, I think it or maybe the RAV4 are tops in this regard and the Equinox and Tucson at the bottom.







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    Remember when Hyundai was the low-price leader?  With this pricing on this model, it seems like Hyundai thinks it is Buick all of a sudden.  I am glad I am not the only one who thought that this CUV was overpriced.

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    Hyundai aspires to be like Honda/Acura, I guess...so if the Tucson goes this high, where does the Santa Fe top out...Edit--I did a B&P and got an SF Limited to $43,950... wowza.. 

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