Green Car Journal’s vetting process considers a wide range of SUVs and crossovers to determine their environmental advantages and breakthroughs, and then narrows the field to five finalists. The overarching goal is to identify nominees that move personal transportation in a more environmentally positive direction without sacrificing the joy of driving or the functionality expected of an SUV or crossover. Fuel efficiency, weight reduction, advanced drivetrain technologies, use of alternative or clean fuels and more are considered during the process. Finalists must be available for sale by January 1st of the award year.
“Being a finalist for Green SUV of the Year is an acknowledgment of Hyundai Motor’s dedication to delivering fuel efficiency without sacrifice,” said Vice President Mike O’Brien of Corporate and Product Planning at Hyundai Motor America, “In a segment typically filled with relatively thirsty vehicles, we are proud to offer consumers a choice that delivers on size, functionality and fuel economy in equal parts.”
“Hyundai Motor’s Tucson shows that new-generation crossovers can offer desired performance and loads of versatility while still delivering impressive fuel economy. Crossover drivers tend to want it all – style, functionality, advanced features, and efficiency and there’s no lack of that in the new Tucson,” Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal, remarked.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson comes with a choice of two engine and powertrain options. Base versions offer Hyundai Motor’s 2.0-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder engine with 164 horsepower and 204 Nm (151 lb.-ft.) of torque, coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. Eco, Sport and Limited versions offer Hyundai Motor’s new 1.6-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This new powertrain is mated to a first-in-segment seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission (DCT), which offers quick, efficient shifts and even better fuel economy. The Tucson is offered in both FWD and AWD variants.
Edited: Hyundai Motors