Used Vehicle Review: Hyundai Tucson, 2005-2009 –

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Hyundai Tucson

March 4, 2010

Introduced in 2005, the Hyundai Tucson was way late to the compact crossover party, a bash that started in 1997 when the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 first flicked on the lights in what would soon become a very hip piece of the marketplace.

But like so many latecomers have proven, you don#8217;t have to have been first in order to be good at something. While the Tucson won many sales based on Hyundai#8217;s typical budget pricing, it also proved to be a very nicely-built vehicle for its price.

The Tucson could be had with either a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine (140 hp) or a 2.7-litre V6 (173 hp). The four-cylinder was available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, while the V6 was paired with the automatic exclusively. Naturally, all-wheel drive was offered too, but only with the six-cylinder engine.

2005 Hyundai Tucson; photo by Greg Wilson. Click image to enlarge

In 2006, a four-cylinder, five-speed manual transmission model could be had with all-wheel drive, but not with the automatic. The V6 version continued to be offered in front- and all-wheel drive. That four-cylinder, all-wheel drive model was dropped in 2007, leaving all-wheel solely to the six-cylinder models once again.

The Tucson could be a poster child for Hyundai#8217;s constantly improving quality, earning an above-average used vehicle rating from Consumer Reports, and a spot on the publication#8217;s used vehicle “good bet” list.

Hyundai Tucson

2005 Hyundai Tucson GL four-cylinder, by Haney Louka (top); 2008 Hyundai Tucson Limited FWD, by Jil McIntosh (bottom). Click image to enlarge

Many owners report frequent dead batteries in Tucsons, a problem attributed to a radio that siphons electricity even when the car is off. Consumer Reports notes this in its reliability data on the Tucson; the publication also notes radio troubles, which I suspect are related to the same problem.

An illuminated check engine light could indicate a misfire in the engine#8217;s ignition system, ultimately caused by a bad fuel pump or clogged fuel filter.

Also, early Tucsons had a problem with their anti-lock braking system, which would randomly activate the brakes at one wheel. This issue was covered by a recall issued in 2005.

Anecdotal information found in Internet discussion forums tends to be a good barometer of a vehicle#8217;s overall durability, and in the Tucson#8217;s case, it corroborates CR#8217;s data and the magazine#8217;s high opinion of the car.

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