Vehicle Type: Compact Crossover

History/Description: An all-new Hyundai Tucson model is arriving at dealers for model-year 2016, meaning the previous 2010-2015 generation model has fully transitioned into used car territory. Launched for its second generation in 2009 to give the Equinox, CR-V, RAV4, Patriot and other compact crossover SUV models a run for their money, Tucson was popular with value-minded shoppers after safety, technology, style and utility.

All units sat five folks, offered a decent cargo area, and provided a tall and commanding driving position compared to a compact car. Feature content included standard Electronic Stability Control, Bluetooth, a navigation system, backup camera, heated seats and more.

Note that model-year 2014 saw an update that boosted feature content, performance and efficiency. For instance, the Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) system was added to the options list, allowing Tucson drivers to toggle between three distinct steering modes on the fly. Both engines now featured GDI direct injection technology for improved output and efficiency, and a suite of upscale features, including a panoramic sunroof and reclining, heated second-row seats were available. Updated looks and a re-tuned suspension helped round out the updates.

Finding a used Tucson with a healthy portion of factory warranty remaining shouldn’t be difficult, especially if your budget allows you to shop for an improved 2014 or newer model.

Engines / Trim: From 2014 and on, both of Tucson’s engines use GDI technology to give shoppers more power output and reduced visits to the gas station. The 2.0L four-cylinder makes 164 horsepower and increased torque over the previous year’s engine, while the 2.4L turns in over 180 horsepower—an increase of 6. Drivers can choose a six-speed transmission in automatic or manual (front-drive only), as well as all-wheel drive (AWD), depending on the model selected. Pre-2014, all models got a 2.4L four-cylinder.

What Owners Like: Many owners praise Tucson’s ‘just-right’ sizing, cargo accommodations, driving feel and storage space throughout the cabin. Overall value for the dollar and generous standard feature content across all model grades helped attract shoppers to showrooms with a comfortable ride sealing the deal in many cases. Some owners note confident performance from the AWD system in wintertime, and report feeling well backed up when the going gets slippery. Safety features and fuel mileage are also highly rated.

What Owners Dislike: Some owners wish the Tucson was a touch larger, and for seat fabric that’s less easily stained. Many owners report satisfaction with fuel economy, but a healthy cluster of owners also complains that they’re unable to achieve the factory-claimed fuel efficiency figures.

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