We’ve lavished praise upon Hyundai’s current-generation Tucson compact crossover, which manages todo anything else well. Looks are subjective, we all know, however the wagonoid vehicle is fairly attractive; the interior is just a style of ergonomic simplicity; and the quality experience is evident. We also found plenty to like within our push of the Frontdrive base-design Tucson SE. The Tucson doesn’t hurt in any major way and nails the basics, and that keeps true with the latest version to pass through our hands, the Eco type.
As is clear from its name, the Eco is supposed to offer a fuel economy advantage over other Tucsons. Plopped to the heart of the Tucson lineup—above the SE but below the fancy Activity and Limited—the Green employs the 175-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged four- seven and cylinder engine -speed dual clutch automated from the more costly models. (the bottom SE features a 164-hp 2.0-liter normally aspirated four having a six-speed automatic.) With less common features than the Sport and Limited, however, the Eco is lighter. Our all-wheel-drive Green test car was almost 200 pounds lighter compared to Tucson Limited, although in the cost of niceties like a panoramic sunroof a power passenger seat, and leather.
Combine the Eco’s weight savings with its smaller 17-inch wheels and tires—which offer lower rolling resistance than the 19-inch setup on Limited—and and the Activity you get the best EPA fueleconomy estimates in the Tucson selection. At 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway; with all-wheel drive, it’s 25/31 mpg, the Green is rated in front-drive guise. These numbers range between 2 to 5 mpg much better than the SE and 1 to 3 mpg much better than those with the same powertrain of Limited and the Game.
We didn’t get the Eco’s productivity gain to be as excellent inside the real world. Like a convenience, the Eco’s weight advantage paid benefits in the track—it was faster to 60 mph (7.4 seconds compared with 7.6) and published a higher, 0.84-g cornering amount as opposed to Limited we previously tested.
Outside of the check figures, the Eco’s electrically assisted power steering can be as numb, though accurate, since the tillers in different Tucsons, and the suspension tuning brings an appropriate and protected ride—ride comfort is as cosseting since it is inside the platform Tucson SE, the only other member of your family with 17-inch wheels and tires. As in other turbocharged Tucsons, the motor moves about its business gently, the dual clutch automatic performing its better to exploit the torque on hand and maintain engine revs low. We discovered only light chatter with attacks with this type—and often only when starting on a hillside under light throttle input from the clutches—a popular niggle. The clutches engage easily and smoothly, and the transmission breaks off crisp upshifts in its search for the highest gear useful for a given road speed.
The Eco not only stands because the most efficient Tucson, but additionally as the most inexpensive approach to nab the turbocharged engine and dual clutch automatic transmission. (On any Tucson, opting for top-wheel drive saves $1400.) The only add on present on our check vehicle was a $125 pair of item floor mats, taking the sum total to $26,570. There are no alternatives beyond dealer accessories.
If our examination Tucson appears in its Winter White paint—it’s nevertheless able, with clever ergonomics and cargo bay, a spacious interior, and solid quality. Although cargo volumes and the Hyundai’s inside are middle-package, the rear seat has a lot of stretch- out house as well as is shaped and the cargo hold lacks any obstructions. The Tucson, irrespective of motor and trim level, is without doing any one thing exceptionally, a crossover that does everything well. However neither does it do anything poorly, though it does lack the driving energy of the segment’s sportiest offering, the Mazda CX-5. But the Tucson gives the best value, is efficient (especially in Green form), and is suitable for the daily work in almost any form, so we’ll continue to perform its praises.