By popular demand, I had the 2010 Hyundai Tucson this week. SO MANY listeners have been eager for me to drive it and tell you what I think. The results were good!
This vehicle really has it all, and it’s an outstanding value for the money. That is one of the things I love about Hyundais over the past four to five years. I love the 10 year/100,000 mile warranty and when you compare just about any Hyundai product to its competition, the Hyundai will almost always be a great buy.
My test car has the standard 2.4 liter dual overhead cam 4-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. Just going from feel, I would have thought it had the six-cylinder for sure. Hyundai did a great job milking a lot of low-end torque of this 16-valve engine.
Safety wise, it’s got everything you could need, like stability control traction control, anti-lock brakes, front airbags, side airbags, side curtain airbags for the passengers, tire pressure monitors, and rollover sensors.
Bear in mind when you look at the MSRP below, the Tucson Limited, as standard equipment, has automatic temperature controlled air and heat, a great stereo with iPod hookup, Bluetooth, steering wheel controls, keyless entry, heated seats, all power equipment and a lot more.
Speaking of value, this Tucson has the Premium Package, which gives you the panoramic sunroof that covers the entire roof, navigation system with 6.5” screen, rear-view camera, and premium audio with external amp and sub-woofer; all that for $2850 retail.
The vehicle rides and drives great, the interior is beautiful and the leather seats look like they came out of a vehicle that costs twice as much money. The exterior is not really distinctive and looks like many of the other crossovers out there like Lexus RX, Ford Edge, and Nissan Murano. The marketers would call the exterior “understated” but the 18” alloy wheels look great on the Tucson.
What I liked most: The price-it is just a great value.
What I’d change if I could: I’d jazz up the exterior a bit.
Price as tested: $28,090.
Fuel economy: 23 City/31 Highway and it will actually do slightly more.
Tucson Limited in a few words: An outstanding buy with terrific initial quality.