Hyundai Tucson GLS – Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Hyundai Tucson


Cost-conscious turn out a very competitive ute.

In today’s automotive $20,000 is roughly eight less than the average price of acquiring a new vehicle in country. Just nine ago, 20 large was enough to the average transaction price and get $800 back in change.

though many current stickers dwarf the 20-grand that doesn’t discount the that $20,000 can still buy a lot of car in showrooms. As far as Hyundai is concerned, represents a buyer’s market-five of the in its seven-model lineup start that number.

The latest Hyundai to join the club is the Tucson, the Korean smallest SUV and the second Hyundai to the name of a Southwest city. Its length is 6.9 inches shorter its bigger brother, the Santa Fe, and the is targeted at people shopping among others, the Chevrolet Ford Escape, and Honda Some people call cute utes.

The Tucson certainly fits description, its stubby ends and fenders imparting the appearance of a shar-pei puppy. Whether is a good or bad thing, we don’t a matter of personal taste. We do that cute generally into chick car, so, the roly-poly dog, the Tucson’s façade is likely to garner attention from women men.

Hyundai Tucson

Pricing for the Tucson at $18,094, which gets you a GL with a 140-hp four-cylinder and a manual. A comparably equipped XLS stickers for $19,995. Add about to that Escape’s price and Hyundai will hand you the to a V-6-powered, front-drive GLS ($20,594) the one adorning these pages-and only 84 more bucks the cost of a front-drive, four- CR-V LX.

There’s a top-of-the-line Tucson LX too, which, for another includes an in-dash six-CD and leather-trimmed seats. And if you require in wintry weather, every level can be equipped with a Borg-Warner electronic four-wheel-drive which monitors throttle front-wheel angle, and slippage and automatically diverts up to 50 percent of power to the rear wheels conditions demand. There is a dashboard-mounted four-wheel-drive lock that enables the driver to the driveline manually into drive for a 50/50 torque

Similar to Honda’s sell-it-loaded Hyundai has stacked the Tucson enough standard equipment adding options would be piling marshmallows on top of whipped Our GLS test vehicle-lacking the optional and CD changer-offered mucho for the moola: a 2.7-liter V-6; a four-wheel strut suspension; four-wheel brakes with ABS; control; 16-inch alloys; front, side, and curtain and a CD player with MP3 capability. And not forget that the price Hyundai’s stellar five-year/ vehicle warranty and 10-year/ powertrain guarantee.

Based on our experience with the that kind of insurance superfluous. Since Hyundai onto the market in the late the quality of its vehicles has steadily the 2004 J.D. Power and Initial Quality Study, was deemed the most-improved brand-and the does not appear to be taking a step back.

Our test vehicle displayed panel gaps inside and premium-for-the-price interior plastics, and reassuring thud when a is closed. There’s nothing or conspicuously cheap-feeling about the it exhibits solidity and refinement in its class. That said, one we would make would be to the disco-style upholstery-it brings to one of Starsky’s butterfly-collared shirts-with a little more somber.

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