Hyundai Tucson: Extra Versatile

July 11th, 2017 by

When is an SUV More Than an SUV?

The Hyundai Tucson has been popular ever since its introduction in 2004. Now that it’s had time to settle in, it’s an important vehicle to Hyundai and a go-to option for many Denver, CO SUV shoppers. One of our favorite things about it is its versatility, and it’s about to show some hidden talents.

What Can You Do with a Hyundai Tucson?

A good SUV isn’t just about ride height and cargo space. Those things are important, sure, but what’s even better is what you can do with the vehicle. It’s an adept family car, gear hauler, and getaway vehicle for the times you want to leave civilization in your rearview mirror.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Specs

There are two engine choices – a 2.0 liter 164 horsepower four-cylinder, or a 175 horsepower turbo four – which vary by trim level. Transmissions are a six-speed automatic (on the base trim) or a seven-speed dual clutch trans that’s the only one of its kind in its class. The turbocharged engine gives you enough horsepower, plus 195 lb.-ft. of torque, for a 1,000-pound towing capacity. Opt for all-wheel drive and you’ll also get torque vectoring for even better handling.

A Hyundai Tucson… Pickup?

That only scratches the surface of the Tucson’s capabilities. Hyundai is eyeing turning this versatile SUV into a crossover-based pickup. There are other compact pickups on the road now, some crossover based and others using traditional body-on-frame construction. This pickup, called the Hyundai Santa Cruz, would be based on the existing Hyundai Tucson platform.

No, Really. A Hyundai Pickup?

Yes. It was first shown at the New York International Auto Show a couple of years ago and is slated to make its way to pickup truck buyers around Denver, CO in 2018. There’s no word yet as to whether it would be a 2018 or 2019 model. But just the same as not everyone needs the space of the three-row Hyundai Santa Fe, not everyone needs a half-ton pickup. The Hyundai Santa Cruz would be the perfect fit for those who want “just enough” pickup – something with better road manners, and something that’s easier to park, than the competition’s larger offerings.

What Else Should We Expect?

We’d venture a guess that the two vehicles will share more than just a platform. The 2017 Hyundai Tucson has top safety ratings (an IIHS Top Safety Pick and an NHTSA five-star rating) thanks to its available active safety features. It also has Hyundai Blue Link, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. If Hyundai wants to compete, we can’t see them taking a step backward with the Santa Cruz.

Why (or Why Not) a 2017 Hyundai Tucson?

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson works because it provides just enough of everything. Not everyone wants the biggest SUV or needs the most power or off-road capability. In short, it’s popular because it’s designed to fit the way so many of us live and drive. Smaller though it may be, it still packs a hefty technological punch, which will be welcome news for those of us who can’t – or would rather not — do without our gadgets. Of course, there’s really only one way to see if the Hyundai Tucson is the right fit for you. Get to Schomp Hyundai today from anywhere in the Denver metro area and take a test drive!

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