Hyundai Tucson – First Drive Review – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Hyundai Tucson

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According to Hyundai, the segment will grow than any other sector of the over the next four It may be the fastest-growing segment, but it isn’t the exciting. Except for the turbocharged of the Subaru Forester. the 2.5XT, a 5Best Trucks winner, the small-SUV category lacks the and panache to which enthusiasts

But Hyundai doesn’t intend to the category with a performance Instead, the company will enthusiasts and lure buyers the same bait used by its car line: low price, newfound and that reassuring warranty (10 miles) that absolves sins. We went to the Korean of Cheju to see what’s up.

Positioned below and slightly than the Sonata-based Santa Fe, the styled, brand-new Tucson is on a strengthened and stretched Elantra that provides a surprising of interior space. The Tucson is roomy and actually has nearly two cubic feet of passenger than its older brother, the Fe. It’s only in the cargo that the longer Santa Fe the Tucson.

Clearly, there is overlap between the two utes, but recognizes the conflict and intends to the next-gen Santa Fe, leaving the rung to the Tucson.

Interior fit and is certainly not bottom rung. are tight, and the controls have a feel. However, aside a stylish piece of aluminum surrounding the radio and climate interior plastics are of the hard and variety that most gave up on during the Reagan

Like all little brothers, the enters the world with a few The base engine is the Elantra 2.0-liter four-cylinder, with a manual standard and an optional automatic with manumatic Although final figures not available, Hyundai estimates the will make 140 horsepower and 136 of torque. (No four-cylinder models on hand for our drive.)

For those who more power, there is an 2.7-liter V-6 straight out of the Santa Fe. with nearly 3600 on all-wheel-drive models, the estimated 173 and 178 pound-feet of torque fight a battle against an obstinate automatic transmission that can decide what gear to be in. and downshifts occur almost never in the right gear, a less wrong one.

Hyundai’s Shiftronic does the driver to manually select in the gate, but try as you might, requests to fall on deaf ears. needs to put an extra cog in the … or the more powerful 200-hp, V-6 option from the Santa Fe if it to make the Tucson run with the V-6 in the Ford Escape and Mazda .

Hyundai Tucson

Once the Tucson is up to speed, it a quiet, serene ride unlike the Santa Fe’s, not err on the side of softness. Ride are damped quickly, and the springs handling and comfort admirably. A jaunt down a rutted road revealed excellent from the rough stuff and a structure. The feeling of substance is no as the Tucson weighs more a Honda CR-V or a Toyota

Throw the Tucson into a of switchbacks, and its mass conspires to sap the fun any great road. Handling is and safe in both front- and variants, but enthusiasts will the deft and comparatively lithe of the RAV4 or Escape/Tribute twins. hustled, the Tucson never a smile, and consequently, neither the driver.

What will make buyers smile is the optional Electronic Interactive Torque all-wheel-drive system that power to the rear wheels front-wheel slip is detected. The is seamless in operation and faster-acting the Escape’s all-wheel drive. safety features include side and curtain airbags on GL, and LX models and optional traction on GLS and LX models.

Hyundai claims to worked hard on protecting in a collision. How the Tucson will in the Insurance Institute for Highway 40-mph offset crash remains to be seen, and Hyundai is to receive a five-star rating NHTSA’s less-severe 35-mph impact.

Hyundai estimates the will start at about for the base GL model with the GLS and LX models come standard the V-6 and start at about $22,000. The LX with leather and an AM-FM with a cassette player and in-dash changer.

The Tucson brings to the segment a solid structure, and a reasonably driving experience, but there a whole lot to love. None of product trades on any sort of attraction, yet they continue to inroads into our market. The has enough going for it to keep sales growing, but enthusiasts have to keep waiting for to lust over.

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