Hyundai Tucson XRT is Colorado’s prize

The cold weather and snow flurries emphasize the safety of all-wheel-drive vehicles such as the Hyundai Tucson SUV. The Tucson has an attractive MSRP of $35,575, among the lowest for a solid all-wheel-drive vehicle.

Along with pricing considerations, the Tucson has an excellent crash safety rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

In 2023, U.S. News & World Report named the Tucson the “Best Compact” SUV for families.

The Tucson has many advanced safety features, including front, side, curtain, and rear-side airbags. Other safety features include forward collision assist, rear cross traffic, and blind spot avoidance. 

Also, lane-keeping drive assists in maintaining tight drive-in traffic marked traffic lanes.

The Tucson has a “Smartstream” 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that delivers an overall fuel economy of 25 mpg. The engine works well with the eight-speed “Shifttronic” transmission that allows for shifting into a lower or higher gear, especially useful in mountain driving.

The “Deep Sea” paint is dark, almost black, and attractive with the 19” all-black alloy wheels, which could resemble a police vehicle.  

The front seats are heated, and the steering wheel and shift knob leather are wrapped for a warmer touch, but the steering wheel is not heated. I missed that on some cold mornings. There are front and rear USB phone ports and fold-down seats to a spacious cargo area, large enough for camping or winter sports equipment. Sidestep railings assist in entering the high-based Tucson.  

The feature price is complete, with only one additional option: carpeted floor mats for $210. The final assembly is in Ulsan, Korea, and the engine and transmission are also Korean. 

Hyundai provides a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, one of the best in the auto industry. Hyundai is proud of its many automotive lines.

This is a solid all-wheel drive vehicle equipped for Colorado weather and roads.