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2017 Hyundai Tucson Introduction

Redesigned for its third generation as a 2016 model, Hyundai’s compact crossover hasn’t changed much for 2017. An automatic liftgate is available on 2017 Hyundai Tucson.

Even though the Tucson breaks no barriers, it’s a handsome, value-priced crossover SUV. Externally and internally, it looks classier than might be expected. In addition to a quiet cabin, each Tucson promises a pleasantly refined ride.

Three trim levels are offered: entry-level SE, thrifty Eco, Sport, and top-end Limited. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available.

Tucson SE holds a direct-injected, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which develops 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque and teams with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

All other Tucsons get a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet. That stronger torque figure gives upper-trim models more confident performance. Rather than a conventional automatic transmission, turbo versions get a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.

In urban driving, the turbocharged engine can feel sluggish due to turbo lag.

Crash-testing gave Tucson five-star scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for frontal and side impacts, but a four-star rating for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety made Tucson a Top Safety Pick, but only in Limited trim with the optional automatic braking. Sport and Limited versions include blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.

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