Thursday, October 2, 2014

2016 Hyundai Tucson

2015 Hyundai Tucson
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History of Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson is a crossover vehicle, one of the most popular ones from Hyundai line up. It is slotted between Santa Fe and Veracruz crossovers and its name comes from the name of second biggest city in Arizona. First model was launched in 2004 and it is made on the Hyundai Elantra-based platform. Second generation came in 2009, and its production is still on. After releasing second generation vehicle Hyundai changed this models name in some markets, so since then this vehicle is known in Europe as Hyundai ix35, while in South Korea it is known as Hyundai Tucson ix. This crossover is related to the another famous Korean crossover vehicle, Kia Sportage.

2016 Hyundai Tucson spy photos
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2016 Hyundai Tucson Overview

Not long time a go spy photographers caught new Tucson model on the test track. There is going to be a lot of changes in the new model. On spy photos only exterior changes are visible, but we believe that the new model is going to come with some big interior updates as well. Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski announced in an interview he gave to Edmunds portal that new vehicle is going to come with more refined styling. "You will see really elegant, taut, athletic, aggressive styling that is very, very attractive," he said. "It looks bigger but it is not. It is just the way it is styled." (Edmunds)

2016 Hyundai Tucson testing photos
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From spy photos that were released to the public we can see that 2016 Hyundai Tucson comes with much more aggressive and futuristic design. It has redesigned headlights with 3D effect. In the front we can see the new grille design that is similar to the grille we can see on some other Hyundai models like: Sonata and Genesis. It also comes with a redesigned full LED headlights that paired with the new grille make Tucson's front look wider.

2014 Hyundai Tucson Interior
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There is not much information about the new model's interior design and features. We hope that something is going to be revealed in the next few months, so stay tuned.

2,0 litre engine from Hyundai Tucson
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This model is probably going to come with the same engines in 2016 model year. That means we'll see again 2,0 liter GLS four cylinder, that came with an 29 mpg in combined conditions EPA estimate. Another engine option is the 2,4 litre inline four cylinder that was able to produce 182 horsepower and delivered 28 mpg, EPA estimated. These numbers might go higher next year, since we expect a minor power and fuel efficiency boost.
There were some rumors on the web. that 2016 Hyundai Tucson model is going to come with diesel engine. Best possible candidate for the place under Tucson's hood for now is a 2,2 liter Skyactive D, which was already announced to be added to the Hyundai CX-5 range, but that simply didn't happened. Another possible option is the hybrid powertrain. Hyundai already has hidrogen fuel cell model in Tucson line up.

2015 Toyota RAV4
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2014 Honda CR-V
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Other Possible Options

Hyundai Tucson is in very competitive class, since crossovers literately flooded the market in last two decades. Some of the most popular rivals of this model are: Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape and Honda CR-V.

Price and Release Date

Price and release date of the new model are still unknown. We can expect a minor increase from the last year's model price. 2015 Hyundai Tucson can be bought for $21,650. This is one of the most affordable crossover vehicles at this moment, so we don't believe new model is going to be much more expensive. Release date will probably come in the end of 2015.


Few decades ago everybody thought that SUV drivers were less environmentally-minded than others. Since the crossover class came and new vehicles come with compact car fuel efficiency, SUV lovers can enjoy all the space and off road capability they like, without being labeled from new age Subaru hippies that their vehicle is a danger to the environment. Statements that these vehicles send are different from country to country. In Eastern Europe for example, most of the post-communist criminals, businessmen and oligarchs take SUVs as the car of their choice. That's why in some countries in this part of the world SUV became a status symbol, similar to luxury sedan in the West. In United States on the other hand these vehicles are mostly driven by the suburbia type of people, who sometimes go camping, but mostly use their vehicles to transport their family members and their stuff. So oddly enough if you are a Eastern European with a crossover, in United States girls might look at you as a quiet, practical, family-oriented person, while you trying to impose some macho image of yourself to them.

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News and Trivia

You can see this crossover in various European movies, from US movies and series you might saw it in: Nikita, Running Man, Home and Away and Unforgettable. One of the biggest blows in Hyundai Tucson production was a big recall that happened this year when Hyundai decided to recall more than 130,000 vehicles because of the air bag malfunction. The recall involved models sold from 2011 until 2013.

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What Do Girls Think About Hyundai Tucson?

Girls that we asked about this model said that it looks nice and functional, we also showed the spy photos from 2016 Hyundai Tucson testing and they didn't really noticed the difference between the old and the new model. They think that guys who drive these vehicles are smart and organized, one girl told us that the vehicle is to big for a city ride, but that it probably offers a lot of comfort and it can be used in various interesting ways.

2010 Hyundai Tucson
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Car Insurance Quotes for Hyundai Tucson

Insurance quotes for Hyundai Tucson go from $80 at GEICO to $234 at Liberty Mutual for monthly fee, and extended coverage. These numbers defer from state to state, these exact figures are for car insurance in New York state, while the least expensive state when it comes to car insurance in Ohio and Michigan being the most expensive state if you want to insure your vehicle.

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