All-New 2016 Hyundai Tucson Uses Technology to Boost Fuel Efficiency and Safety

2016 Hyundai Tucson

The sleekly redesigned 2016 Hyundai Tucson won’t go on sale until July, but it is already being called the most technologically advanced compact crossover SUV by some industry experts. Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month, the 2016 Tucson will leverage advanced features to boost fuel economy, safety, convenience and connectivity.

Hyundai’s next-generation Tucson will be available with a new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is predicted to produce an impressive 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Paired to a segment-first seven-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission that optimizes efficiency and acceleration, the new 1.6-liter unit is estimated by Hyundai to return up to 33 mpg on the highway, which would be a 5-mpg improvement over the Tucson’s outgoing 2.4-liter engine. The standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will carry over from the previous generation, but it is also expected to be slightly more fuel efficient.

With more than 50 percent of its new chassis comprised of high-strength steel, the 2016 Tucson will provide greater crash protection despite its efficiency gains, targeting the top safety ratings in the industry. Meanwhile, a wide range of newly available active-safety technologies will help prevent accidents in the first place, including Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Backup Warning Sensors, Blind Spot Detection, a Lane Departure Warning System and Lane Change Assist. The new Tucson will also offer a standard rearview camera and optional HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light, which will turn with the direction of the steering wheel to improve visibility around sharp corners.

Inside its more spacious cabin, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson will feature larger touchscreens, including a standard 5-inch LCD screen and an available 8-inch navigation touchscreen. For the first time, Tucson buyers will be able to opt for integration with Apple Siri Eyes Free and apps like Pandora Internet Radio and Yelp. To simplify the loading of groceries and gear into the rear cargo area, an optional smart power liftgate will automatically open after the owner stands a few feet behind it for a couple seconds with the key fob in their pocket or purse.

Whether it’s the fuel-saving powertrains, crash-preventing features or convenient connectivity, the redesigned 2016 Hyundai Tucson will be the perfect compact crossover SUV for navigating the ins and outs and comings and goings of your Chicagoland commute. We can’t wait to welcome the vehicle to our Algonquin Hyundai dealership this summer!

All-Time Nissan LEAF Sales Surpass 75,000 Units in the United States

2015 Nissan LEAF

The all-electric Nissan LEAF has come a long way since its market launch in 2010, reaching an all-time mark of 75,000 units sold in the United States earlier this month. Delivered to a family in Portland, Oregon, the 75,000th LEAF is the second version of Nissan’s electric vehicle to be driven by Rishabh Mehandru, who commutes about 30 miles on weekdays as a senior engineer at Intel.

“When the lease was up on my first Nissan LEAF, I knew that I didn’t want any other car. I had to have another Nissan LEAF,” Mehandru remarked. “I love how quickly I can get up to speed on the highway – even my three-year-old son notices how zippy it is – and I like that I don’t have to stop for gas.”

That kind of unbridled enthusiasm has grown organically for the Nissan LEAF, especially after 2013-model-year updates that extended the vehicle’s range to 75 miles and reduced its 220-volt charging time by nearly half with a newly available 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger. Since then, the LEAF has achieved back-to-back years of record-shattering U.S. sales. While the LEAF was met with skepticism by some in the industry when it launched, it’s clear the vehicle is here to stay with its legion of fans in the United States.

Are you ready to experience gas-free commuting in Milwaukee? Stop by our Nissan dealership at 5505 South 27th Street today for test-drive, and join the tens of thousands of U.S. drivers who are happy that they got behind the wheel of a Nissan LEAF.

2015 Kia K900 and Soul Dubbed Best Cars for Families by U.S. News

2015 Kia K900

While they are both popular models at our Milwaukee Kia dealership, the sophisticated Kia K900 luxury sedan and the stylishly unconventional Kia Soul urban hatchback aren’t exactly two peas in a pod. Nonetheless, the editors at U.S. News & World Report agree that the two vehicles are great options for families of all shapes and sizes. Topping the Luxury Large Car and Hatchback categories, respectively, the 2015 Kia K900 and Soul recently earned 2015 Best Cars for Families awards from the revered publication.

U.S. News determined its 2015 Best Cars for Families list by looking at each vehicle’s press reviews, safety and reliability ratings, interior volume and family-friendly features. The Kia K900 and Soul joined award winners in 17 other vehicle categories.

Praised by U.S. News editors for its ability to coddle child passengers, the 2015 K900 is sold with standard heated rear seats, optional heated and ventilated rear seats, and standard rear climate control that features air vents in the center console and B-pillars. Kia’s rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan also comes with several features that simplify the transportation of kids and their various belongings, including a proximity Smart Key, front and rear cameras paired with parking sensors, and a power trunk that can be opened and closed remotely with the touch of a button.

On the other hand, the 2015 Soul landed on the Best Cars for Families list because it offers young parents standout styling without sacrificing safety in the process. The recently redesigned Soul now sports bolder design cues while boasting a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Like its upmarket brand-mate, the Soul is available with heated rear seats, great for warming up the youngsters after a soccer practice on a chilly day.

No two families are the same, and the latest accolades for the Kia K900 and Soul just go to show that car buyers have diverse options for keeping their precious cargo safe and satisfied. Stop by Rosen Kia of Milwaukee today, and we’ll find the right vehicle for you and your loved ones!