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Apeal Award

Auto industry authority J.D. Power has declared the 2016 Hyundai Tucson the most appealing small SUV in the latest Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM.

Now in its 21st year, the APEAL surveys purchasers and lessees of new vehicles, inviting them to evaluate their cars, trucks and SUVS across 77 specific categories. The results are then combined into an overall score indicating the average emotional attachment and level of excitement about the vehicle, measured on a zero to 1,000 APEAL point scale.

Tucson out performed all other small SUVs and put on an especially impressive showing in the vehicle fuel economy, seats, HVAC, storage, exterior, visibility, driving, interior and audio/comm./entertainment/navigation categories.

Scott Margason, director of product planning for Hyundai Motor America said he wasn’t totally shocked by the gold medal finish of the dynamic and fuel efficient Hyundai Tucson.

“We are thrilled with the recognition of Tucson in this year’s J.D. Power APEAL study,” Margason said. “The new Tucson looks great, has two fuel efficient engines and a roomy interior that satisfies a wide range of SUV buyers. The team did a great job launching the all-new Tucson this year.”


Refined aesthetics and sporty contours create a striking, bold appearance that will turn heads. Stylistic flourishes like the Hyundai signature hexagonal-shaped grille dominating the front of the Tucson, the dynamic spoke design on the 19-inch alloy wheels, and the bevel-cut chrome exhaust tips and a standard rear spoiler underline the bold styling of this sporty SUV and give it a defiant but refined presence.

A 2.0-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder engine offers 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed automatic features SHIFTRONIC™ manual shifting mode that provides better fuel economy on the highway, with a combined fuel economy of roughly 26 mpg.

The Eco, Sport and Limited models feature a 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected V4 engine with 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet. of torque. The Gamma engine also features a new cooling system that facilitates leaner air/fuel mixtures for higher fuel efficiency.
The steering feel has also been reengineered for more precise and rapid response. The tilt and telescopic adjustment options on the steering wheel itself accentuate the enhanced steering feel, but it’s the motor-driven power steering system and extensive application of rigid, lightweight aluminum that ultimately provide the Tucson’s responsive steering feedback and reduced friction.


In contrast to many dealerships, the management of Universal Hyundai Orlando makes themselves accessible to all customers and we’ve consistently maintained the highest customer satisfaction scores in our district. Our abundant selection of new and Universal Certified used Hyundai vehicles and our knowledgable team of Hyundai experts makes Universal Hyundai “truly the better place to buy” for those in Orlando and surrounding areas like Pine Castle, Conway, Azalea Park, Sky Lake, and Oak Ridge Florida.