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Sharp 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night offers unique look Featured

Nov 13, 2017 Hit: 12 Written by 
The 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night features an all-black design.
The 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night features an all-black design. Photo by Matt Myftiu/AutoTechReviews.com

Special editions are often a topic of debate among automotive aficionados -- some see them as gimmicky and unnecessary, but others applaud the diversity of models that they bring.


One particular trick that you see automakers pull out from time to time is the all-black look, and that’s what Hyundai did for its “Night” edition of the 2017 Tucson, which I recently spent some time in.

So what’s the verdict? Read on for the details.

LOOKS

As you might guess from its name, the Hyundai Tucson Night is black all around. That includes the exterior (Black Noir Pearl to be exact, a particularly striking shade of black), its 19-inch alloy wheels and their black finish, and black interior seating.

Put me in the camp of loving these special editions, especially when they come together this well. The Tucson Night looks super sharp, by any measure. It’s got an almost aggressive look to it, which fits well with the paint scheme.

Additional Info

  • Vehicle:: 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night
  • Price as tested:: $30,220
  • Best feature:: Sharp all-black look, responsive power plant
  • Rating:: 4 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?:: Compact SUV buyers seeking something that will stand out


I found the Tucson Night to be roomy inside for the compact SUV class. Back seat was relatively comfy and there was plenty of storage space in back. You’ll get some hard plastic throughout the interior, but this isn't a luxury vehicle.

In addition to the unique wheels, you also get: gloss-black side mirror caps, aluminum-alloy sport pedals, plus front and rear LED map lights, plus a leather steering wheel. And there is plenty of storage space up front for your keys, wallet, phone and more.

ENGINE, HORSEPOWER

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night features a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that offers a spirited drive, which can be boosted by going to Sport mode.

Numbers are 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, and you can choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

The ride was smooth and consistent, handled corners well, and was fast when I needed to get moving. I’ll even go so far as to say I really enjoyed driving the Tucson Night, which isn’t usually the way I’d describe most vehicles in this class. Normally they are quite functional and get you where you need to go, but are hardly enjoyable. Thankfully this was an exception to that rule.

The upshot here is that with its strong performance, the Tucson Night isn’t just a special edition that’s relying totally on looks … it’s got something to back that up under the hood.


TECHNOLOGY, SAFETY

My test vehicle had a smaller infotainment touchscreen than I am used to seeing, but on the plus side it also had well-placed manual controls and the voice controls worked well for radio and phone.

If you’re worried about safety standards, the Tucson Night achieved near perfect government rankings, so you can check that box off.

There are also some advance safety features available in an optional package, including: HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lighting System; Lane Departure Warning; Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection; rear parking sensors, and more


MPG
Official fuel mileage numbers on the Tucson Night are 24 city/28 highway/25 combined, and my time in the vehicle fell within these parameters (about 24.3 mpg overall).
Looking at the similar offerings from the rest of the automotive world, the Tucson Night’s numbers are decent, but not best in class.


PRICE

My test vehicle was an AWD version of the Tucson Night and came in just over $30K, though dealers do offer incentives that can knock down the price a few grand. The FWD edition of the Tucson Night is slightly less, officially clocking in around $28K but ending closer to $25K with incentives. This time of year is particularly kind to buyers, as dealers work to clear their lots for the new model year vehicles.

BOTTOM LINE

Among the bevy of non-luxury small SUVs out there (and there’s almost too many to count), the 2017 Hyundai Tucson NIght is among the sharpest looking and most fun to drive. Put those two things together and it’s one I recommend people shopping in the segment take for a test drive.

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Matt Myftiu

Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

Website: www.autotechreviews.com

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