July 31st, 2015 at 4:50pm
Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.
Reviewer: Chip Drake
Competitors: Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rouge, KIA Sportage
Price: FWD SE $22,700 up to AWD Limited Ultimate $34,050 w/ $895 Freight Charge
Made in: Ulsan, Korea
Drivetrain: SE comes w/ 2.0L GDI DOHC 16-Valve CVVT Inline 4; ECO/Sport/Limited comes with 1.6L Turbo-GDI DOHC 16-Valve CVVT Inline 4
EPA Ratings: SE (FWD) 26 combined, (AWD) 23 combined; ECO (FWD) 29 combined, (AWD) 27 combined; Sport/Limited (FWD) 27 combined, (AWD) 26 combined
Welcome back to the Main Street Theater in Somewhere, U.S.A., where several automakers are unveiling a group of special vehicles; Once figments from a designer’s imagination, now products in the national spotlight. Welcome to “The Crossover Dream Draft.” And now here is the League’s Commissioner: Baadee O. Frame
“With its first selection in the 2016 CD Draft, Hyundai Motor America gives us the 3rd generation Tucson.”
— Music sting, applause from the audience —
CDD Anchor Taach Screen:
Fresh from its Ulsan, South Korean factory, Hyundai’s all new 5-passenger vehicle is athletic and sleek courtesy of the brand’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. But in addition to the catchy exterior options like 19-inch wheels and a panoramic sunroof, safety is a big play by the South Korean automaker.
CDD Analyst Blew Tooth:
That’s right. Engineers for this new Tucson more than doubled the high-strength steel in its frame; giving you 51% — that’s more than half!! But when you’re talking safety, the real story is inside where you can blanket you & your passengers with the likes of blind-spot warning, lane-change assist, and Hyundai’s newest protection package, the Automatic Emergency Braking system.