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SAMURAI RIDES: NOMADNESS SUMMER BBQ W/ THE 2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON

SAMURAI RIDES: NOMADNESS SUMMER BBQ W/ THE 2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON [NIGHT EDITION]

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Every summer there is an event that I can’t wait to attend. From humble begins on Riis Beach in NY the annual Nomadness BBQ has grown like no ever event thrown by my community. This year the festivities were hosted in the City of Brotherly Love. After 3 years in Atlanta, this return to the North East resulted in our largest crowd ever. Fortunately, moving around Philadelphia would be handled in style as I would be rolling through in the special Night Edition Hyundai Tucson. Since my first time with this crossover SUV I’ve had enjoyable experiences. This combination of loading space, power, and agile handling is great when dealing with the roads out here. Pot holes and construction require a steady eye on the road and quick reflexes, but the Tuscon and I ate those up with ease.

It’s funny just how well I’ve taken to crossover SUVs after 12 years in a full sized Ford Truck. Tucson is one of my favorites with the right balance of SUV toughness and compact agility. Not to say that it handles light on the road, but it definitely doesn’t feel heavy on the road.

Let me hit you all a few of the stats and numbers behind this beauty.

As an overview of the Compact crossover/SUV field, Car and Driver ranked the Eco Tucson 5 out of the Top 10 in the field. Pop the hood of the Night edition and you find  A 175-hp 1.6-liter turbo four, seven-speed automatic with all-wheel drive. In addition to that, the Night Edition adds on 19-inch matte-black Rays wheels, a black-tinted panoramic sunroof, and gloss-black mirrors. Aluminum pedals and a leather steering wheel lace the interior adding to the dark styling on this ride. Color options are limited to white, black, blue and gray. All of the darker shades of course. Hyundai is now it

Hyundai is now in their 2nd year of the Tucson and it looks like things are only getting better. The ideal SUV experience for me is a vehicle that handles my day to day needs without making me feel like I’m driving a tank. The enjoyment features and smooth driving should balance the space and cargo carrying aspects. The Tucson does this really well.

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Even when packed to the roof with drinks for the annual BBQ the Tucson rode excellently while my music played loud, crisp and clear.

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The Night edition was supposed to be a limited quantity release so don’t waste time if you’re planning on picking this beauty. It definitely passes the test with me.  More info is available over on the Hyundai USA site too.

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SAMURAI RIDES: SPECIAL LOOK AT THE NEW 2016 HYUNDAI TUCSON #NEWTUCSON

SAMURAI RIDES: SPECIAL LOOK AT THE NEW 2016 HYUNDAI TUCSON #NEWTUCSON

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Recently I had the extreme pleasure to be invited to a private viewing and hands on experience with the brand new 2016 Hyundai Tucson. I’ve mentioned before that Hyundai holds a special spot with me as the Hyundai Excel which debated in 1986 was my very first car. Nearly 20 years later to see what Hyundai is doing is amazing. I spent the day the riding the roads from Manhattan to Rockland county and I was very impressed. Here are my thoughts on Hyundai’s newest vehicle.

The smaller SUV space is a popular one right now. Consumers love the concept of having extra space while still in a smaller less overbearing car. As a former Ford Expedition owner I count myself in that group too. Size and space coupled with gas efficiency and on road handling are a killer combination. Before getting into the driving elements of things let me say that the design of Hyundai’s Tucson is real sleek.

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In all honesty I wouldn’t have guessed this was a Hyundai at first. I elected  to ride in a  black on black but for those looking for more color options, Hyundai actually created 6 new colors for the 2016 edition.

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The Caribbean Blue was a standout to me.

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When we hit the road I was caught off guard by the power of the Tucson. I had to really be careful because you could find yourself pushing 80 mph with limited effort. The braking is super responsive. as well. You know this NYC streets tested that feature well. Within its class Hyundai’s Tucson boasts the shortest distance for 60 to 0 mph brake coverage. More safety features include Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert for backing up into on coming traffic all keep you aware of the cars moving around you beyond your own vision.

The Tucson is equipped with all the technology goodies you’ve come to expect in today’s automobiles. Navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, AUX adaptability, XM  radio and more. There are no shortages of entertainment options here. The sound system is clear and powerful which is a must have for those lengthy road trips.

Vision remains clear no matter the time of day and condition wit LED and HID lights up front and on the rear of the car. That includes lighting for the door handles as you approach the vehicle. Along with that, for those moments when your hands are full, the trunk opens automatically when it senses the key remote within 3 ft in the rear.

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Truthfully I was disappointed I getting have a longer amount of time with the Tucson. I really need to give it the full #SamuraiRides treatment. Perhaps I’ll bring that to you guys in the near future. For now hit the jump to check out some images and information about the Hyundai Tuscon. With a price ceiling of $34K for the top model it’s the ideal combination of affordability and quality.

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