Hyundai has announced pricing for its slick compact crossover that was all new for the 2016 model year.
The 2016 model year marked the emergence of the third-generation Hyundai Tucson, so we didn't expect much in the way of changes for the 2017 model. However, Hyundai has announced a few updates for the 2017 model.
But first, the basics.
2017 Hyundai Tucson
Like last year, the Tucson will be available in four trim levels: SE, Eco, Sport and Limited. Each trim is offered in either front-wheel- or all-wheel-drive.
The base SE trim comes equipped with a 2.0-liter normally aspirated, direct injection inline-4 that generates 164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque. It's matched to a conventional six-speed automatic transmission.
All other models, including the Limited, come equipped with 1.6-liter aluminum inline-4 equipped with a small twin-scroll turbocharger (for quick spool-up) that delivers a decent 175 horsepower and a more than expected 195 lb.-ft. of torque that comes on as early as 1,500 and remains flat through 4,500 rpm. It's mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
The EPA estimates fuel economy for the AWD Limited at 24/28/26 city/highway/combined mpg, while our own observed fuel economy was 27.5 miles per gallon in primarily city driving.
Even the base 2016 Tucson SE comes with a long list of standard equipment including 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, projector headlights (automatic) with LED accents, power heated outside mirrors, rear spoiler and window wiper, keyless entry, power locks, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted cruise, radio and Bluetooth phone controls, rear privacy glass, stain-resistant fabric seats and steering wheel-mounted audio, cruise and Bluetooth controls.
Safety equipment includes a full complement of 6 airbags, ABS, traction control, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management and downhill brake/hill-start assist control.
Stepping up to the Eco model adds standard LED daytime running lights, fog lights, upgraded front and rear fascias and side sills, roof rails, power driver's seat (with power lumbar), illuminated vanity mirrors and glove box, and power windows (w/driver's auto down).
Sport buyers are treated to 19-inch alloys, Smart Power Liftgate with auto-open, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, proximity key with push-button start, blind spot detection, lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
Finally, limited models add LED headlights and taillights, a chrome grille and door handles, leather seating surfaces, a power passenger seat, premium interior trim, dual automatic climate control, console mounted rear vents, an electrochromatic inside rearview mirror and Hyundai's Blue Link 2.0 telematics system.
2017 Hyundai Tucson changes
Changes to the 2017 Tucson lineup include:
• Optional 315-watt Infinity audio on Limited models featuring Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology
• Optional Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on Limited models
• Console-mounted rear air conditioning vents expanded to include Eco and Sport models
• YES Essentials stain-resistant fabric expanded to include all cloth interior colors
• Door panels with upgraded, premium materials expanded to include Sport trim level
2017 Hyundai Tucson pricing
2017 Tucson manufacturer suggested retail prices are as follows:
Tucson SE FWD: $23,595
Tucson SE AWD: $24,995
Tucson Eco FWD: $25,045
Tucson Eco AWD: $26,445
Tucson Sport FWD: $26,795
Tucson Sport AWD: $28,195
Tucson Limited FWD: $30,670
Tucson Limited AWD: $32,070