Stow space is plentiful inside the third-generation Hyundai Tucson. During a week-long test drive, this compact crossover utility vehicle reigned as a cargo-hauling champion. The completely redesigned 2016 Tucson is wider and longer than the predecessor. With its 176.2-inch overall length and 72.8-inch width, Tucson’s spacious cabin is a sports equipment hauler’s joy. An open liftgate reveals 31 cubic feet of storage space, an increase of more than 5 cubic feet from the prior model. A dual-level cargo floor and the 37-degree adjustable reclining 60/40-split rear seatback provides ample room for second-row riders and assorted, odd-sized items. Tucson is sold in four trims: SE, Eco, Sport, and Limited.

Powering the base model Tucson is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder producing 164 horsepower at 6200 rpm/ 151 pounds-feet of torque at 4000 rpm. It’s paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Tucson Eco, Sport, and Limited models are powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder releasing 175 horsepower at 5500 rpm/195 pounds-feet of torque at 1500-4500 rpm. The 1.6-liter engine mates to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, which is a first in the compact CUV segment. The 105.1- inch wheelbase Tucson is offered in either front wheel drive or all wheel drive. Tucson’s Hyundai-developed AWD system includes Active Cornering Control (torque automatically goes to the wheels with the most traction), Hillstart Assist, and Downhill Brake Control. The test driven Hyundai Tucson Eco with AWD collects estimated mpg of 25 city/31 highway and carries an MSRP of $25,550.