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Car and Driver: Tucson Gets Tweaked: Hyundai Mildly Updates Its Smallest Crossover for 2017

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2016 Hyundai Tucson Eco AWD

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The Hyundai Tucson, redesigned for 2016, is a well-rounded small crossover that’s selling like hotcakes—so far this year, sales have nearly doubled compared to the numbers through June of last year. So Hyundai didn’t need to change much for 2017 to keep the good times rolling, and it hasn’t. The 2017 Tucson has arrived, replete with only a few interior tweaks including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay availability and a new audio system, along with a few other barely noticeable revisions to the cabin.

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While we’re glad to see Apple and Android’s smartphone integration software now offered on the Tucson, it’s a bit of a bummer that it’s only on the top Limited trim level. That’s because the Tucson Limited is the only model in the lineup that gets the larger, 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto tech. The SE, Eco (pictured), and Sport trims are stuck with a smaller, 5.0-inch touchscreen, which at least includes a backup camera and Bluetooth audio streaming. (Hyundai’s recently announced software updates that retroactively add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto thus won’t apply to the lower trims, either.)

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2016 Hyundai Tucson Eco AWD

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The other new piece of kit for 2017, a 315-watt Infinity audio system, which also is reserved for the Tucson Limited. But thriftier shoppers shouldn’t lament too much, as the lower trims haven’t been entirely neglected. The Tucson Eco and Tucson Sport models now come standard with rear-seat air vents, and the Sport is now a beneficiary of the Limited model’s snazzier door panels.

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That about sums it up, as the Tucson’s exterior styling and powertrains remains exactly the same as they were—fine by us, given the SUV’s already sharp looks and the eager performance from the 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder standard on Eco, Sport, and Limited. Prices are the same for the SE ($23,595) and the Eco ($25,045), while the Sport ($26,795) and Limited ($30,670) are actually $250 and $125 cheaper than last year’s model.

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