2010 Hyundai Tuscon Limited AWD PZEV new car reviews

The Hyundai Tuscon gets a new look for 2010.
The interior is attractive and functional--both good things in our book.

Better than: Dodge Caliber
But not as good as: still thinking about that one
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 71.18

Hyundai? Yes, Hyundai. This Korean giant has made huge inroads on this side of the ocean during the last quarter century. A company that once offered only a limited line of entry-level economy cars has grown up. Their current lineup is fairly deep, and a recent addition is the second-generation Tucson.

The Tucson is their "practical-sized" crossover-ute. But small doesn't mean weak: Standard power comes from a 2.4-liter inline-four wrapped in some sexy sheet metal, and that last item is quickly becoming a Hyundai trademark.

Oh, and a small postscript regarding the pricing: Our test car was fairly loaded. In addition to the Limited package, it also had a $2850 Premium Package that includes a panoramic sunroof, navigation system and rearview camera. The base Tuscon starts at $18,995.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Wow, how far we have come from those first Hyundais. I think a cousin from Canada had one--this was 1985 or so. The last few Hyundais and Kias have impressed me: nice looks, nice feel and nice drivetrains.

Some random thoughts on this one:

Power is pretty darn decent. It's torquey and our test car's auto was satisfactory. According to Hyundai, the new four is as good as their old V6.

I dig the styling. Hyundai has some of the edgiest styling at the moment. Kia might be right there with them.

Nice interior, too. It's way roomy, efficient and just looks good.

The available AWD is a nice option for those who want/desire it. You know, even in rain, I like all-wheel drive.

Okay, some other stuff:

I liked the seats but couldn't get the headrest totally comfortable. I think I got them there, but it took longer than usual.

I still don't understand what the car is doing in the Eco mode, but it got a bit clunkier than I'd like. It's pretty quick in manual mode, but I'm not a big fan of manually shifting an automatic box.

At nearly $30k, our test car was not exactly inexpensive. I'd love to see how it compares to a $20k version.

Final thoughts: So remind me again, why are so many people driving around in big, hulking SUVs?

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rimahanson
rimahanson None
3/7/11 7:29 p.m.

As one of the manufacturer's newest entry, Hyundai Tuscon hits the market in today's generation. the said auto uses only one engine which is 2.4 liter four cylinder engine that produces 176 horsepower at six thousand revolutions per minute and 168 pound feet of torque at four thousand revolutions per minute. The shiftronic feature and allows the drive to shift to a manual mode, which makes it easier to maneuver. Another thing that makes Hyundai cars stand out among others is the car maintenance. With the auto service centers on local cities, car owners will no longer find difficulty when doing Hyundai repair. Other features Tuscon has include air conditioning, keyless remote control, anti-lock brakes, and downhill assist control.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

Hyundai? Yes, Hyundai. This Korean giant has made huge inroads on this side of the ocean during the last quarter century. A company that once offered only a limited line of entry-level economy cars has grown up. Their current lineup is fairly deep, and a recent addition is the second-generation Tucson.

The Tucson is their "practical-sized" crossover-ute. But small doesn't mean weak: Standard power comes from a 2.4-liter inline-four wrapped in some sexy sheet metal, and that last item is quickly becoming a Hyundai trademark.

Oh, and a small postscript regarding the pricing: Our test car was fairly loaded. In addition to the Limited package, it also had a $2850 Premium Package that includes a panoramic sunroof, navigation system and rearview camera. The base Tuscon starts at $18,995.

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