There’s a cute saying on T-shirts and bumper stickers around Chicago: Midwest is Best. Driving Hyundai’s new compact SUV through the streets of Minneapolis and western Wisconsin, the Tucson fit right in. The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is a comfortable, stylish and quiet vehicle that’s sure to make segment rivals more than a bit nervous.
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Compact SUVs are hot; sales of the segment are up this year and according to Hyundai, one in every three vehicles sold in the U.S. is an SUV. The automaker has impressive entries in the midsize SUV class with the Santa Fe Sport and the three-row segment with the Santa Fe, but its weak spot was its aging compact SUV, the Tucson.
A redesign for 2016 fixes that; the new Tucson shed its perky, cute-cute persona for a brawny, more upscale look and has the goods to back it up: It gets a new potent but efficient turbocharged engine option as well as additional cargo room and a host of new safety and convenience features.