I wasn't sure what to expect from Hyundai since I had no previous history with any of their vehicles. When I got the news that I was going to be receiving a 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night Edition AWD, I was excited and had high hopes for the vehicle, especially after doing a few quick google searches. The Caribbean Blue color was my favorite out of all the pictures I searched and that was the exact same color on the vehicle I received. The black accents really made this Tucson stand out and I was ready for a Hyundai experience. The first thing I do is get my wife and the kids, look at the car and see what our first impressions are. There is no denying that we all loved the panoramic sunroof, the sporty drive, and the stain-resistant seats!

So let's talk about what makes the Tucson Night Edition so special.  This particular model is based on the Tucson Sport. Same 1.6 Liter Turbocharged GDI ( Gasoline Direct Injection) 4 cylinder engine, 7 speed eco-shift dual clutch transmission with sport mode, and mostly everything else is the same. Most of the changes are cosmetic and for an additional $1,500 -$2,000, you not only get an exclusive drive, but also options only available in the Limited trim model. Some of these cosmetic changes are the black gloss side mirrors, black roof side rails, 19" Rays Engineering rims in black matte finish on the exterior and aluminum-alloy sport pedals, rear passenger air vents and a panoramic sun roof, only available on the Limited model as well. My daughter loved the panoramic sunroof and that alone is worth the difference between the Tucson Sport and the Night Edition. Apart from the cosmetic changes, this trim model comes with more exclusivity that any of the other vehicles in the Hyundai Line-up. There will only be 4,000 units made with 1,000 units allocated to each of the 4 colors available, one of them being this Caribbean Blue.  

The engine power plant produces 175 horsepower at 5500 RPM's and 195 foot pound of torque from 1500 - 4000 RPM's . I personally enjoy the sporty drive and character of the Tucson and even though the Tucson Night Edition looks sophisticated, it can still take on light off road trails and the alternate routes. Most of you may now by now that we travel and go on trips quite often, and even though we didn't have a planned trip ( when are they anyway right) , we still found ourselves taking a quick trip to Austin and I, as well as my family, got to really experience what Hyundai had to offer. The drive was smooth and fairly quiet, the rear passenger seats are reclinable and perfect for road trips or simply to take a nap. The dash is easy to read and navigate and all the controls on the perforated leather steering wheel are easy to use. The 5'" color and touch screen display is easy to see in broad daylight and and responds fairly quick. 

There is something truly special here and being able to share this dark and sporty experience with family was what makes driving fun, apart from the almost instant torque! I love to see how the automotive industry is implementing more and more technology into their vehicles and with just as much fun as there is to be had with the Night Edition, there are plenty of safety features too. The rear cross traffic alert came in handy when I went to the grocery store, a parking garage, or reversing out of the driveway. A few years ago, this was a feature only available in high end cars and now we can all be much safer. Along with this, are Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, ABS with Electronic Brake-force distribution, and Downhill Brake Control.

The cargo space is pretty useful, You have 31 cubic feet of space with the seats up and 61.9 cubic feet when the seats are folded down. Good enough for our stroller, camera equipment, and the baggage from 4 adults and one toddler. So here you have an exclusive compact SUV, that has plenty of space, sporty drive and welcoming interior with a panoramic sunroof, and in my honest opinion, I think Hyundai has done an awesome vehicle that offers great quality for the value and a memorable driving experience. I can go on a trip with my family, go to the beach, go to fairly remote camping locations, light off road trails, and look going in doing so! Sometimes the dark side of things can be more interesting.

Check out the car review of the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night Edition below!


2017 Hyundai Tucson Night Edition

Powertrain Technology
- 1.6L Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 4 cylinder Engine
- 175 Horsepower @ 5500 RPM and 196 lb. ft. torque @1500-4000 RPM
- 7-speed Ecoshift® Dual Clutch Transmission
- Active On-Demand AWD System with AWD Lock
- Drive Mode Select

Comfort and Convenience
-  19" RAYS® Black Finish Alloy Wheels
-  Panoramic Sunroof
- Matte Black Side Sills
- Aluminum Pedals
- Heated Gloss Black Side Mirrors w/ Turn Signal Indicators
- Perforated Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel w/ LED Maplights
- Automatic On/Off Projector Headlights w/ LED Accents
- Foglights, LED Daytim Running Lights (DRL's) , and Rear Spoiler w/ LED Brake Light
- Variable Intermittent Windshield Wiper w/ De-icer
- Rear Wiper
- Hands Free Smart Tailgate
- Roof Side Rails
- Lane Change Assist
- Power Door, Locks, and Windows ( Driver's Auto down-up )
- Blind Spot Detection (BSD) w/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Proximity Key w/ Push Button Start
- Door Handle LED Approach Lights
- A/C w/ Cabin Air Filter
- Front Solar and Rear Privacy Glass
- 8-wat Power Driver Seat w/ Power Lumbar Support
- Heated Front Seats
- 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seat w/ Recline and Center Armrest
- YES Essentials® Stain Resistant Seats
- Floor-Console Mounted Rear Air Conditioning Vents
- 12-Volt Power Outlets
- Chrome Tipped Dual Exhaust
- Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel w/ Audio, Cruise and Phone Controls
- 3.5" LCD Multi-Informational Display and Bluetooth®
- 5" Color Touchscreen Audio Display w/ Rearview Camera
- AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio System w/ iPod® USB and Aux Input Jacks
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC) w/ Traction Control
- ABS w/ Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist
- Downhill Brake Control and Hillstart Assist Control
- Front, Front Side and Side Curtain Airbags w/ Rollover Sensors
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System w/ Individual Tire Indicator

MPG 25 Combined / 24 City / 28 Highway
As Tested : 23 Combined / 21 City / 27 Highway

MSRP: $29,200
As Tested: $30,022

What are your driving preferences? Calm, sporty, off-road, road trips?