2016 Hyundai Tucson 1.6L Limited AWD – A Six Month Follow Up

As I type this, I am at Hyundai Of Oakville getting the oil changed on our six month old Tucson. My wife and I had no issues thus far, but we have had the chance to drive it in winter, and we’ve had the door handle (a.k.a.: “welcome lights”) fixed. You can get details on that here. There has been one thing that we could call an “annoyance.” My wife and I go cross country skiing every weekend during the winter and when we load the skis, there’s no handle, button, or latch to flip down the rear seats in the cargo area so that we can slide the skis in. Instead, you have to open the rear door, and use the handle that rear seat passengers use to recline the rear seats to flip the seats flat. It’s not a show stopper by any means. But Hyundai might have considered putting some sort of remote handle or switch in the cargo area to flip down the seats. Another thing that we miss is a tire pressure monitoring system. It isn’t required in Canada, and Hyundai has chosen to omit it from Canadian Tucsons. It is present on the American variant as that country requires tire pressure monitoring systems. That’s a shame. While one should check their tire pressures frequently, these sorts of systems give you an extra level of safety by warning you of a deflating tire so that you can stay safe while driving.

There are two things that we’ve noticed about the Tucson that are kind of interesting:

  • The blind spot monitoring system doesn’t just warn you if something is in your blind spot. It takes into account speed and relative distance. In other words, if you have a car in your blind spot that is approaching you, you’ll get a warning via the light in the mirror. If the car isn’t approaching you, you won’t get a warning. That’s good because it limits the amount of information about your blind spot to info that you need which makes the system more effective because you know that if it is warning you about something, you should take it seriously.
  • The cross traffic alerts not only warn you about traffic from the rear, but if there are no obstacles on either side of you, it will warn you about anything that approaches you from the front. Now there isn’t a use case for that, but it is kind of cool that the range of detection is that wide.

Fuel economy is a strong point of the Tucson. We continue to average sub 10L / 100KM numbers which is exceptional. It also means that we’re using less fuel than our Toyota Matrix which struggled to get to 10L / 100KM of fuel usage on a good day. That also means we’re spending less on fuel which is a good thing. Considering that this is a bigger vehicle with more power and torque, its a really good thing.

We also continue to be impressed by the handling. For the record, the best compact SUV from a handling perspective as far as I am concerned is the Mazda CX-5. The Hyundai Tucson doesn’t match it, but it is close enough that Mazda may want to look over its shoulder. It’s agile and easy to move in and out of tight spots at any speed. We have no complaints on this front.

One final thing: We get a lot of comments about how upscale and high tech the Tucson is. A couple of times, it’s been mistaken for something German. That shows how far Hyundai has come as a brand.

I’ll post another update in three months from now. By then, cycling season and the warm weather will be here. Not to mention road trip season. We’ll have more feedback about our experiences with the Tucson at that point. But as it stands, we continue to be very happy about our decision to purchase the Tucson.

Note: If you want to see the original review of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, click here. I also posted a follow up of that review here. There was a three month follow up that you can also read here.

 

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