This issue we get two nice vehicles from Hyundai, starting with the Tucson SUV. The starting price is reasonable at $23K.
This gives you a 2.0-liter engine rated at 161 horsepower. This was the upgraded Ultimate version that includes about everything as standard, along with a more powerful 2.4-liter engine cranking 181 horsepower. Fuel economy is shown at 22/28 mpg. This particular vehicle did not come with a price sticker, but maxed out, these can reach $35K.
The cabin is nothing fancy, but materials and workmanship are very good. All controls are simple, thus easy to use. While the gauge cluster is well designed, the plastic cover reflects sun glare at certain angles. We also did not care for the rear door, as it is electric operation only, no manual override.
In daily commuting, this SUV has a comfortable ride and very good cornering ability. Fuel consumption was 31 mpg on highway trips. This is a nice rig, but be careful with options, as they can drive the price up in a hurry.
Next up is the Elantra. It has a low base price of $18K, but this was a loaded Sport version, so it hit $27K. This is a reasonable fee, but we didn’t like being charged an extra $137 for floor mats. The base motor is a 2.0-liter 147-horsepower unit. This one had the hot 1.6-liter turbo, with a sizzling 201 hp, and hooked to a performance seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Fuel economy is claimed to be 26/33 mpg.
The cabin has plenty of good features. We get a large glove box, a real manual parking brake, a well-designed gauge cluster and simple knobs with button controls.
With that little turbo engine, this car is quick. It also has a comfortable ride and brisk handling. Fuel economy was 28 mpg in mixed driving and 37 on long highway trips. Overall, this is a very nice sedan.
Chad Haire, of Phoenix, test-drives vehicles for this feature.