We have favour upon Hyundai’s current-generation Tucson firm crossover, which manages to do most things well. Looks are personal, we know, but the wagonoid vehicle is fairly beautiful, the indoor is a model of ergonomic grade and the quality feel is apparent. We even found abundance to like in our drive of a front-drive base-model Tucson SE. The Tucson nails the basics and fails to anger in any leading path and that stays actual with the current model to pass through our guardianships, the Eco model. As is apparent from its name, the Eco is intended to offer a fuel-economy merit over other cities. dropped into the area of the Tucson roll—above the SE but below the tasteless Sport and Limited, the Eco uses the 175-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic from the more extortionate versions. (The base SE has a 164-hp 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four with a six-speed automatic.)
With fewer grade features than the Sport and Limited, however, the Hyundai Tucson Eco is lightweight. Our all-wheel-drive Eco try-out vehicle was nearly 200 pounds lightweight than the Tucson Limited, albeit at the cost of conformities such as an energy traveler seat, a wide roof, and leather. Have the Eco’s weight funds with its small 17-inch wheels and tires which promise debased rotating action than the 19-inch equipment on the Sport and Limited and you get the advanced EPA fuel-economy calculations in the Tucson extent. In front-drive semblance, the Eco is evaluated at 26 mpg municipality and 33 mpg freeway, with all-wheel drive, it’s 25/31 mpg. Those figures extent from 2 to 5 mpg acceptable than the SE and 1 to 3 mpg acceptable than those of the Sport and Limited with the same powertrain. We didn’t find the Eco’s ratio merit to be as fantastic in the actual world. We saved 25 mpg over 1000 miles, a good amount for a firm crossover but only a 1-mpg transformation over the last turbocharged Tucson we try-out.
As a solace, the Eco’s weight merit paid dividends at the line—it was fast to 60 mph (7.4 seconds analyzed with 7.6) and affixed a high, 0.84-g controlling illustration than the minor we previously try-out. Those figures place the Tucson Eco near the head of the collection—at least among its all-wheel-drive people—with none excelling its grasping illustration and only the more tough GMC Terrain V-6, Kia Sportage 2.0T, and Subaru Forester 2.0XT outgunning it to 60 mph.
Outside of the try-out figures, the Eco’s electrically assisted power steering is as insensible, yet still specific, as the shoots in other Tucson, and the mixture adjusting productions a cozy and obtain drive—drive solace is as treating as it is in the base Tucson SE, the only other associate of the family with 17-inch wheels and tires. As in other turbocharged Tucsons, the motor goes about its enterprises quietly, the dual-clutch automatic doing its champion to use the torque on extremity and keep motor revs debased. We spied only perceptible talk from the graspings—a communal niggle with transmissions of this kind—and usually only when commencing on a hill under light valve signal. More intended gestures of the pedal act the graspings smoothly and quickly, after which the transmission openings off distinct upshifts in its escapade for the advanced wheel pragmatic for a given roadway speed. The Eco not only stands as the most businesslike Tucson, but also as the least extortionate path to tag the turbocharged motor and dual-clutch automatic transmission.
At $26,445, the all-wheel-drive Eco is just $1450 loved than the entry-stage SE with all-wheel drive. (On any Tucson, opting for front-wheel drive saves $1400.) That $1450 payment mainly nets the powertrain improve, with the only other features increased over the SE being an energy driver’s seat, energy lumbar help, lightened vanity mirrors, roof rails, LED running lights, turn signals on the outside mirrors, premium fascias and sills, and an “Eco” emblem. The unaccompanied add-on present on our try-out vehicle was a $125 set of supplement floor mats, transporting the whole to $26,570.
If our try-out Tucson seems obvious particularly in its Winter White colorant, it’s nonetheless able, with a commodious indoor and merchandise claim, astute engineerings, and hard make quality. Although the Hyundai’s indoor and merchandise measures are mid-pack, the back seat has abundance of stretch-out space and the merchandise hold lacks any structures and is usefully shaped. The Tucson, regardless of trim stage and motor, is a crossover that does everything beautiful well, without doing any one situation exceptionally. Yet neither does it do anything poorly, although it does need the driving enjoyment of the segment’s fair supplying, the Mazda CX-5. But the Tucson offers good value, is businesslike particularly in Eco form.