Following the successful launch of its third-generation compact crossover, Hyundai turned up the heat with the introduction of the special-edition 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night at last year’s SEMA Show. The first year of this body style marked the best sales year ever for the Tucson with almost 90,000 units sold, and Hyundai is counting on this blacked-out appearance package to drive even more sales. This is a similar move that Jeep has done for years with its Altitude models, and Nissan recently started with the Midnight Edition. It doesn’t look like this SEMA-inspired trim level will be carried over for the 2018 model year, so if you’re looking for a compact crossover with a great warranty and killer styling, check out the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night.
2017 Hyundai Tucson Night Exterior:
Right out of the gate, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson had a bold, cohesive styling, and the new Night trim level helped give this small crossover a bigger visual impact. Building off the Sport trim level, which already has darkened accents such as the grille and rocker panels, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night gets gloss black door mirrors and a sharp set of matte-black 19-inch RAYS alloy wheels with red center caps and even red valve stem caps.
The Tucson Night is only offered in four colors including the Black Noir Pearl you see here, which is a great look for this crossover with a more sinister, monochromatic style. As good as it looks, Hyundai should have taken it a couple steps further with black badges and smoked LED taillights, but with that being said, this is a sharp little CUV that got plenty of attention.
2017 Hyundai Tucson Night Interior:
While the exterior of the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night might come off as a little boy racer to some, the interior gets some upscale touches including the perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum-alloy sport pedals, LED reading lights, panoramic sunroof and proximity key with push-button start. Like the Sport trim, the Tucson Night comes with the five-inch color touch-screen audio system and the YES Essentials Stain Resistant cloth seats (in black, of course) and heated front seats. This trim level also includes the Hands-Free Smart Liftgate, which just requires you to stand behind the vehicle with the key fob and the liftgate will open automatically.
As many compact crossovers that I have driven lately, the interior of the 2017 Hyundai Tucson feels surprisingly spacious. There is plenty of room for five passengers, and the massive glass panel for the panoramic sunroof creates an airier atmosphere, and the rear seats even recline for optimal comfort. The Tucson also has lots of cargo capacity with up to 31 cubic feet available with the rear seats up and 61.9 cubic feet with the split seats folded flat. One of my favorite cargo features on the Tucson is the adjustable-height load floor, which can either hide small cubby holes or maximize roof-to-floor space.
2017 Hyundai Tucson Night Powertrain:
With the exception of the lowest SE trim levels, all 2017 Hyundai Tucson models are powered by the 1.6-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. This engine is rated at 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, and in this all-wheel drive configuration, the 2017 Tucson has EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 24 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway**.
Being a special edition, the Tucson Night is only available with a single option – all-wheel drive, which this tester was equipped with for an additional $1,400. This automatic AWD system is undetectable in normal driving, but in addition to improving traction in off-roading or wet road conditions, this system also features Active Cornering Control for improved handling abilities. Even with a hefty curb weight that tips the scales at almost 3,700 pounds, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night AWD had decent acceleration with confident steering and braking. Perhaps the only downside of this Tucson is that, like most dual-clutch transmissions, this gearbox was a little clunky at times, especially during rolling takeoffs.
2017 Hyundai Tucson Night Safety:
The 2017 Hyundai Tucson comes standard with safety content such as a backup camera, and this trim level adds Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. When properly equipped, the Tucson receives a five-star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
2017 Hyundai Tucson Night Overall:
The 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night is an interesting trim level that combines a dark exterior styling with some upscale interior features, and it represents decent value, too. Positioned between the Tucson’s Sport and top-end Limited trim levels, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night is priced starting at $27,800*, which is a $5,100 premium over a base Tucson SE and a $1,900 premium over the similarly equipped Tucson Sport. With its sole option of all-wheel drive, this 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night carried an as-tested price of $30,220.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Hyundai dealership and test drive a 2017 Hyundai Tucson today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.