Milestones

Hyundai celebrates one millionth Tucson sale

Hyundai is celebrating a sales milestone with the Tucson.

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It's been 16 years since the first Hyundai Tucson arrived for sale in the U.S. Since then, it's evolved with each of the three generations design delivering what customers are looking for - a safe and reliable, budget-friendly compact SUV. It's named after Tucson, Arizona

First Generation (2004-2009)

2004 Hyundai Tucson

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The first generation of the Tucson competed directly with the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, as it does today. Buyers could get it in their choice of two powertrains, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder (139 horsepower) or a 2.6-liter V6 (173 horsepower). A five-speed transmission was standard on the smaller engine and a four-speed automatic was available. V6 buyers all received the automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive was standard and four-wheel drive was available.

Hyundai offered the model in GLS, SE, and Limited trim levels by the time the generation was over though at the beginning it was a GL, GLS, GLS Limited grade ladder.

Standard equipment included air conditioning, six airbags, electronic stability control, a CD player, alloy wheels, keyless entry, and cloth upholstery. Upgrading your model got you access to premium features like a cassette player, body cladding, a six-disc CD player, automatic climate control, heated seats, and leather upholstery.

The SUV received accolades for its safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Similar praise was heaped by Consumer Reports for its reliability.

Second Generation (2010-2015)

2010 Hyundai Tucson

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The second-generation Tucson was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It received a complete overhaul, upping the amount of in-car tech and looks. The model retained its same focus on safety and reliability.

Hyundai sold the model in GL, GLS, and Limited trim levels. It was now available with either a 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 165 horsepower and 176 horsepower, respectively. GL models came standard with a manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission was available in the GL and standard in GLS and above SUVs.

The list of available features includes steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, navigation, and a standard iPod interface system.

In 2014, the model's engine lineup received a significant upgrade gaining more power and lower emissions. Eventually the list of features included LED tail lights, stylish alloy rims, interior appointments, a panoramic sunroof, vehicle dynamics control, proximity key, and a better audio system.

The SUV earned a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Third Generation (2015- present)

2019 Hyundai Tucson

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The third-generation Tucson was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015. For the U.S. market, Hyundai found that variety was the model's key to success. They offered the Tucson in six trim levels (SE, Night, Eco, Sport, SE Plus, and Limited) at launch but the names and features changed over the course of the generation.

Standard equipment included a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that was paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 5-inch infotainment touch screen, CD player, Bluetooth, rearview camera, and iPod integration. The long list of available features included LED headlamps, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Blue Link services, navigation, premium interior surfaces, an ionizer, and automatic dimming rearview mirror.

A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is available. Both engines variants are available with all-wheel drive.

Hyundai is expected to introduce the next-generation Tucson soon.

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The Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

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The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is all-new for 2021, and features an impressive list of standard features, great safety scores, and family-friendly space. If you're looking for a new SUV, it's hard to imagine a better fit for an urban family, or any other family, for that matter. Beyond a few small complaints, the Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

Here are three things to like about the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid The Santa Fe Hybrid brings great passenger space and an upscale interior.Hyundai

It offers plenty of passenger and cargo space

The Santa Fe offers roomy seating for up to five adults with more than reasonable head and legroom in both rows. Second-row passengers have room to move, and don't end up jockeying for position with taller front-seat passengers. When the SUV is packed with people and needs to haul gear, it's more than capable of doing that, too, as it offers 36.4 cubic feet of space behind the second row and up to 72.1 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. Making the space more accessible, power-folding second-row seats and a hands-free power liftgate are standard.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid All trims come decked out with safety equipment.Hyundai

It delivers excellent fuel economy

The Santa Fe Hybrid returns impressive fuel economy numbers, especially in town, making it an excellent urban family runabout. The EPA estimates that the SUV can deliver 33 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined. The Santa Fe Hybrid Blue returns 36 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 34 mpg combined. That's several miles per gallon better than the standard Santa Fe and better than some sedans.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Fuel economy is better than many smaller cars.Hyundai

It earned great safety scores

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). That score is due in part to the Santa Fe's Good marks in crash tests, but the SUV's long list of standard safety kit helps, too. All models come with forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian, cyclist, and junction turning detection, lane keeping assist, driver attention warnings, lane following assist, and a rear occupant alert system. Optional features include blind spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, a parking distance warning system, and a highway driving assist system.

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New sports sedan

2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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