For Kelley Blue Book, 2017 Hyundai Tucson Tows the Line Against the Competition

The auto research and valuation expert calls third-generation compact crossover SUV "reinvented" to capably take on segment perennials like Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. But what about the new Tucson makes the grade for road trippers and weekend warriors alike here in Akron, OH?

KBB took note especially, aside from the Hyundai SUV's striking exterior design, of the latest in safety features and tech accouterments, as well as respectable fuel economy. To our Akron Hyundai dealer, it was plain to see why.

Reviewer favorites like available Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection surely make stopping power a matter of course when the going gets tough, employing a camera and radar duo to detect potential collisions and help prevent them with a brake kick-in. This curio, among other elements, adds the peace of mind to help make the Tucson ride a little quieter and more comfortable. That is, beyond an already well-insulated cabin bedecked in durable yet pleasant YES Essentials fabric seating, all atop a limber suspension. In short, the proof's in the drive.

To wit, KBB appreciated the turbocharged 175-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine in Hyundai Tucson, more specifically its standout pairing with a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission, the only combination of this kind in the compact SUV class. We know that performer for its silken gear changes, especially those into the lower range, as well as for impeccable fuel efficiency credentials. Count on up to 26 city mpg city/32 mpg highway in the front-wheel-drive Tucson Eco trim, remaining a laudable 25 city mpg and 30 highway mpg if you opt for a Tucson with all-wheel drive.

How better finally to tease the prospects for that long-planned extended vacation, too, than by a capacious interior accessible via a hands-free tailgate? Kelley Blue Book surely saw them in the ease of use afforded by mere key fob proximity – approach your Tucson from behind with your keys in tow, and its trunk opens in seconds.

From here, it's just a matter of loading up and hitting the road. Eager to start your journey? Do so with a test drive here at Marhofer Hyundai of Green, and we'll introduce you to all the experts are talking about and more. We're conveniently located at 3360 S. Arlington Rd. in Akron, just a scenic outing away from the North Canton, nearby Cuyahoga Falls, Green, and Barberton areas.

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