2017 Hyundai Tucson 30 mpg EPA at just $23,000?

Hyundai and Honda have been locking horns since ages and currently battles with their Tucson and CR-V models. While Honda has released its 2017 CR-V at nearly around $25,000 starting price, 2017 Hyundai Tucson comes at a starting price of only $23,000. But, Honda has taken a 3 mpg lead in their SUV’s EPA ratings as Tucson can only reach to a maximum of 30 mpg on highways.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Side View

But even with a lower price tag, Hyundai Tucson 2017 is nowhere behind in competition with Honda. Even taken into account with the likes of Mazda CX-5, KIA Sportage, Jeep Cherokee and Ford Escape, Tucson deserves a look among all. Find out what all Hyundai just had to survive this strong challenge in the compact SUV segment.

Intercooled and Turbocharged Engine

Available as standard in the higher-end trims, the South Koreans has equipped it’s Hyundai Tucson 2017 with a 1.6-liter Inline 4 engine. The unit has a power capacity of around 175 HP and torque figures almost reach the 190 lb-ft mark. Apart from this option, the base version will be a 2.0-liter 164 HP engine with torque numbers measuring at 151 lb-ft.

Both units will be mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission system with manual shifting mode. Expect a top speed of nearly around 130 mph with the turbo setting in but the naturally aspirated engine peaks to only around 125 mph.

Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes 7.4 seconds while 3 figure speed mark takes almost 22 seconds. EPA of 2017 Hyundai Tucson stands at 25 mpg city and 25 mpg combined. Only highway figures have impressed reaching the 30 mpg. However, Hyundai reports that Eco has reached 33 mpg due to its improved powertrain.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Interior

2017 Hyundai Tucson Design

Along with added curves, LED front and taillights, hexagonal 3-bar chrome grille structure and mesh-shaped air intakes – Hyundai has worked hard to improve all design aspects of its compact SUV. Inside, expect 6-way power adjustable bucket seats and 4-way manual recline rear seats. Limited will come with heating options.

5-inch display comes as standard on all the trims. The audio system will be 6 speakers. Safety of 2017 Hyundai Tucson will include radar-based cruise control, automatic electronic brakes and lane keep assist. The higher end trims integrate Blind spot monitoring system and forward collision mitigation system as standard. For the lower Tucson trims, all these will be available as optional packages.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Front View

Trims and Price

Maybe Hyundai wants to keep its sales options open and target a wide market as the automaker has rolled out 4 trims in its 2017 Hyundai Tucson line up. Pricing varies accordingly, and features become standard as one moves up the trim ladder.

  • 2017 Hyundai Tucson SE comes at $22,700.
  • Eco is almost 200 pounds lighter than the others and carries a price tag of $24,150.
  • 2017 Hyundai Tucson Sport trim boasts improved performance specs and starts at $25,900.
  • Tucson Limited model is tech heavy with a price tag of nearly $29,800.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Cabin

To put things in perspective, SE will come with 17-inch tires and wheels but Limited with boast massive 19-inch ones. Certainly, more muscle and power for higher trims.

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