A couple of years ago we brought you our first impressions of the all-new third-generation Hyundai Tucson crossover utility vehicle. For 2017, Hyundai has added the limited production Night model. Night adds a new blackout monotone appeal to the Tucson lineup for those seeking a bit more style with their substance.
Our first impressions of the new Tucson put it at the top of its class for compact cute utes, that is until corporate sibling Kia brought its latest CUV to market last year. The corporate cousins offer some of the best value in the segment today with the Kia edging out Hyundai in the power ratings. Special editions such as the Night seek to offset some of that pull in the Kia showroom and after spending a week in the new Tucson Night I will give the nod back to Hyundai.
The Tucson Night offers a special monotone trim and wheel appearance to really stand out in a crowd. The Night package also delivers a panoramic sunroof along with dark, black-tinted glass for a blackout look. The 19-inch RAYS matte black wheels truly dress the side view of the Tucson Night and inside drivers will enjoy aluminum alloy pedals along with perforated leather steering wheel. And that Caribbean Blue model-specific paint is just stunning.
Tucson already offers the latest safety technology such as lane departure warning, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, backup warning sensors, and automatic emergency braking. There is also the smart power liftgate along with premium interior materials and design along with the latest infotainment technology for drivers and occupants.
Hyundai powers the Tucson with a choice of 164hhp 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine mated to six-speed automatic transmission or, as our Night tester arrived with, a peppy turbocharged 1.6-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine generating 175hp and 195 lb. ft. torque via a seven-speed EcoShift dual clutch gearbox. The 1.6T powertrain offers plenty of power off the line and throughout the rpm range, all the while delivering smooth shifts. Tucson arrives in front- or all-wheel drive. This Night model arrived with the AWD system that included driver-selectable AWD lock for the differential and there is also active cornering control for maximum traction.
Pricing for the 2017 Hyundai Night is $29,200 before any add-ons. Fuel economy is rated at 24 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
The Hyundai Tucson rides smooth and true with excellent handling and power response. This is a driver’s CUV that offers an engaging experience behind the wheel despite its utility status. There is ample room for up to five with space for cargo in the rear. This new Tucson model is proving the “Night” time may just be the right time.