2016 Hyundai Tucson gets new styling, efficiency and safety features

2016 Tucson

2016 Hyundai Tucson

 FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Hyundai’s all-new 2016 Tucson compact crossover offers an unmatched combination of a modern design, enhanced driving dynamics, increased utility and the latest in safety and entertainment technologies, all with a starting price of $22,700. Hitting dealers later this month, the Tucson is ideally suited for today’s crossover buyers who are demanding a vehicle solution that fits seamlessly into their busy lifestyles. 

Tucson is available in four distinct trim levels, each with a compelling value proposition, offering a Tucson for different buyer preferences. Those include:

  • SE: Well-equipped, price-leading model including popular options
  • Eco: Affordable turbo model that delivers more power and improved fuel economy
  • Sport: Features sporty cues and driving dynamics
  • Limited: Luxury model with leather, advanced technology and other premium features

“The all-new Tucson hits the sweet spot of what consumers are looking for in a compact crossover with competitive pricing advantages at every trim level,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “For example, the Tucson SE has a MSRP advantage and averages $700 in additional content compared to its competitors in the class. As Tucson competes in one of the fastest growing and most competitive segments in the industry, we can’t wait for the 2016 Tucson to make its way to dealers in just a few short weeks.”


Model Engine Transmission Drivetrain MSRP

2.0L 4-Cylinder

6-Speed Automatic FWD $22,700

2.0L 4-Cylinder

6-Speed Automatic

AWD $24,100

1.6L Turbo 4-Cylinder

 7-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch FWD $24,150
Eco  1.6L Turbo 4-Cylinder  7-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch AWD $25,550

1.6L Turbo 4-Cylinder

 7-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch FWD $26,150
Sport  1.6L Turbo 4-Cylinder

7-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch

AWD $27,550

1.6L Turbo 4-Cylinder

7-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch

FWD $29,900
Limited  1.6L Turbo 4-Cylinder

7-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch

AWD $31,300

Freight charges for the 2016 Tucson are $895 and not included in the prices above.

Is Irv Gordon Volvo’s 3 million mile version of Peggy Lee?

Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo P1800

Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo P1800


Good for Irv Gordon.

Good for Volvo.

Good for all who have ever owned, driven, liked and for those especially survived a crash – and death-defying in the case of several friends several times – who have walked away with nary a scratch.

Yet for all of Gordon’s news of longevity with a fastidiousness to his near-maniacal mechanic maintenance, there’s no there “there” for the 2014 Volvo line.

Sure there’s plenty of safety stuff that I’ve written before on. The electronics will surely save the lives of both motorist(s), bicyclists and pedestrians alike. There’s so many distractions to driving today the connectivity we crave drives us – almost – crazy. No pun intended.

Yet Gordon – and I’ve seen, met and liked him immediately – and his P1800 are Volvo’s best stories for the upcoming model year. Or am I missing something?

I’ve read the Gordon legends about stopping at Waffle House for coffee but he’s never even had one.

He even likes New Hampshire’s road and their drivers. (He made no live free or die statement, smart man that he is).

Yet Irv made his achievement in Alaska, near Turnagain Arm, (a place I’ve been years ago), perhaps to be near his “turning the odo over again” and not in any place near the dealership in New York where he bought the P1800. For some reason, I thought he’d get close to the 3,000,000-mile mark and then go ’round the block or cross a finish line in Manhattan before doing talk show gigs on the morning TV shows, Kelly and Mike and more.

Volvo’s hired PR guns had tweets, fans post their pictures, all good, but now that it’s over I have to wonder, what else is there for the new model year’s excitement?

As Peggy Lee asked in a song, “Is that all there is?”

How Swede it is to Tweet with Volvo man Irv Gordon Aug. 27



While he nears the 3-million mile mark on his treasured 1966 Volvo P1800, the Swedish car maker posted on its blog that their monthly Twitter chat on August 27 will feature Irv Gordon from 2-3 EST.

Volvo would like to get some good great questions ahead of time from their blog followers.

Of course, you can follow it live via Twitter and ask Irv whatever – within reason – you’d like to ask the 3-million-mile man: (http://www.twitter.com/Volvocarsus). Use the hashtag #SwedeSpeak


Volvo’s Irv Gordon: New Hampshire drivers are most friendly in US and other things after 3 million miles of seat time

Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo P1800

Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo P1800


OK, first things first these days seems to be issuing a fair and balanced disclaimer when you like something. Here goes: I’ve met Irv Gordon, sat in his P1800 (but never drove it) and I live in New Hampshire. And, I write about cars…a lot.

So when his list came about with his favorite places to eat, nicest drivers, cleanest restrooms and the like, I read it. I love lists … any “Top 10 _______” always draws interest and the resulting insults and how could you like X when you know Y is so much better. They make great water cooler fodder if not make it easy for a columnist on a hot day to type up the requisite 750 words to fill space.

Imagine my surprise when I read that Irv, who is closing in on driving 3 million miles in his beloved Volvo P1800 noted that New Hampshire drivers were the friendliest.

“New Hampshire has the friendliest drivers,” said Gordon. “I’m well out of New York’s busy highways by then, and it seems like I leave the stress at the state line. Drivers are courteous. They’ll switch lanes with their turn signals, let me merge, and even wave at me. It’s just a friendly, beautiful state.”

While that seems to be genuinely true, I wonder if he’s shot down 93 into Salem, NH near the Mass. line and would offer an opinion at that crossover?

WIthout further fanfare, here are some of Gordon’s favorites that he’s noted in some 47 years of experiencing culture, food and the like. And, another disclaimer is involved, this time by Gordon, he omitted his home state of New York to be objective. How can you just not like this guy, the car and his quest?

  • Favorite state for juicy steaks: “Missouri. There are a couple of steakhouses just off of I-70 heading toward Kansas that have the thickest, juiciest steaks.”
  • Cleanest restrooms: “Rest stops and welcome centers are always better than gas stations and fast-food restaurants. I’ve always thought the Southern states — particularly Virginia, the Carolinas, Alabama and Mississippi — had the nicest rest stops.”
  • Steepest roadways: “The longest and steepest drive was Priest’s Grade in California, heading up to Groveland and the entrance to Yosemite National Park. Jugs of water are waiting at every turn due to the number of cars that overheat on this scenic and remote road.”
  • Best southern cooking: “New Orleans. The jambalaya is authentic and spicy.”
  • Best clam chowder: “Cape Cod. They use lots of melted butter, corn and potatoes. I worked four summers in Cape Cod during college, so I’m a bit prejudiced.”
  • Best state barbecue: “The style and taste of barbecue varies state-to-state, but with Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville and Memphis each offering their distinct flavors, Tennessee has the overall best barbecue. And, among the Tennessee versions, Memphis is tops.”
  • Smoothest rush-hour traffic: “There are no big cities with smooth rush-hour traffic, but if I had to name one city as the ‘least worst,’ it would be Portland, Ore. Their traffic flow seems to be in fairly good order there.”
  • Best city to drive through at night: “Chicago. It’s so jammed during the day, so you never appreciate the beauty of that city by the lake. At night, the Midwest skies are clear and the city looks like a portrait. Minneapolis is not as big, but it’s a close second.”
  • Favorite small town: “Green River, Wyo. It’s an isolated town, off I-80 on the way to San Francisco. Every time I make that drive, I always stop there. I don’t know anyone in Green River, but the people are extremely friendly and the town seems like a wonderful place to live.”
  • Best cup of coffee: “Nothing gets my blood going like an early morning visit to any roadside Waffle House for a cup of coffee, although I’ve never had a waffle there.”
  • Best interstate view of the Rocky Mountains: “There are so many options, but the I-70 drive between Denver and Grand Junction leaves a lasting impression in my mind.”
  • Best part of the Pacific Coast Highway: “The northern California stretch, after you’re out of the big cities and the road starts to get rough and windy. There are no traffic lights, just curves and waves breaking against the coves below.”
Irv Gordon reflects upon places and the spaces he's driven in the USA.

Irv Gordon reflects upon places and the spaces he’s driven in the USA.

Irv Gordon: Driven to see the world in his Volvo P1800

  • Long Island Man’s Volvo Will Reach Three Million Miles in 2013
  • Record-Breaking Driver of a 1966 Volvo P1800, Aims to Reach Ultimate Driving Milestone
  • Visit www.3MillionReasons.com to Submit Your Reason to Believe

If you’ve never met Irv Gordon, the million-mile driver, it’d be hard to believe that anyone

Irv Gordon

Irv Gordon

who has had a car since shortly after the Beatles played Shea Stadium in 1964, is in the same set of wheels and traveling the country and the world in a landmark Volvo.

To see the car and experience his down-home, aw-shucks kind of attitude, reinforces the press releases that speak of his easy-going nature and love of, well, just driving his Volvo that he bought in 1966. According to calculations, Gordon’s P1800 should crest 3,000,000 miles sometime this year.

To highlight the car and its heritage, as well as Gordon’s documented love affair of the P1800 and the Swedish car, Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) is bringing the nation along for the journey with a special campaign in the months ahead.

The curious or auto aficionado can visit 3MillionReasons.com for additional information about Gordon’s story and a map and image gallery from his road trips. Utilziing today’s vast social media, lovers of all things Volvo are encouraged to submit their own reason to believe.

Irv Gordon's P1800 in front of the famous Hollywood sign in California...many miles ago.

Irv Gordon’s P1800 in front of the famous Hollywood sign in California…many miles ago.

“It’s not about getting to the three million miles; it’s about the trips that got me to the three million miles,” Gordon said. “I never had a goal to get to one million, to two million. I just enjoyed driving and experiencing life through my Volvo.

“The best way to explore America is by car,” Gordon added. “I challenge everyone to go out and see as much as possible. Find your own journey and reason to believe because you only have one life to live. No matter how many roads I’ve been on, there’s always one I haven’t taken. That’s what makes it exciting.”

Gordon, a 73-year-old retired science teacher from Patchogue, N.Y., holds theGuinness Book of World Records recognition for most miles driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle, and has driven more than 2.99 million miles in his shiny red Volvo.

“I bought my Volvo P1800 on a Friday, and immediately fell in love,” Gordon recalled. “I couldn’t stop driving the car. It was a long holiday weekend, and I brought the car back to the dealership the following Monday for its 1,500-mile service.”

With a 125-mile round-trip daily commute, a fanatical dedication to vehicle maintenance and a passion for driving, Gordon logged 500,000 miles in 10 years.

One reason for the car’s longevity is credited to the same Volvo tech doing the maintenance work for over 15 years. Nino Gambino, a technician with an “A” rating at Volvoville in Huntington, N.Y., the same dealership where Gordon purchased his car in 1966, said, “Because Irv follows the owner’s manual and truly cares for and loves his car, I have no doubt he’ll reach three million. Irv always says he takes better care of the car than himself! And he’s fun to ride with on trips because you don’t need a map.”

Irv Gordon has the "Highest Car Mileage". It's a 1966 Volvo P-1800. He is in the Guinness Book of Records. Photo: Thomas Engstrom

In 1998 with 1.69 million miles, Gordon made the Guinness Book of World Records for most miles driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle. In 2002, he drove the car’s two-millionth mile down Times Square to international media attention. For more information on Gordon’s journey, visit 3millionreasons.com/timeline.

As Gordon points his car to its three-millionth mile, “I’m realizing this will be a record that no one will surpass,” he said. “So, these next few thousands of miles will be special and sentimental for me. I’m looking forward to visiting my favorite places in big, beautiful America – from national parks to roadside cafes, from the Pacific Coast Highway to small roads that are miles from the Interstate. Send me an invite and maybe I’ll meet you for a cup of coffee.”

Based on his calculations, Gordon plans to reach three million miles in Alaska this September. America’s last frontier is one of two U.S. states Gordon has never visited and a fitting backdrop for his three million mile moment.

“For every mile Irv has logged in his Volvo, there have been just as many reasons why he’s been able to do it – from his meticulous care, on-schedule oil changes and his safe driving practices – all the way to Volvo’s legendary attention to engineering,” said John Maloney, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. “A distant predecessor to today’s models, the Volvo P1800 and Irv are the living embodiment that Volvos are enduring and designed around you. We look forward to following him on this journey, and finding ways to bring our customers and car enthusiasts everywhere along for the ride.”