2012 Hyundai Tucson

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover that gets small changes designed to help boost fuel economy. The 2012 Hyundai Tucson is tasteful and stylish and features a sleek and fluid exterior and it is available with front- or all-wheel drive. Hyundai Tucson is considered by reviewers one of the best value in the class. This compact SUV competes with cars like Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4.

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson is a five-passenger compact SUV that is offered in three trim levels: GL (MSRP from $ 19,145), GLS ( starting at $ 22,295) and Limited (at $ 24,995 MSRP). The 2012 Hyundai GL comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, air-conditioning, privacy glass, a tilt steering wheel, an adjustable driver seat, full power accesories, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio and iPod/USB interface.

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson GLS adds 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, an upgraded suspension, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, heated side mirrors, leather upholstery, Bluetooth and heated front seats. The Limited trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and cargo cover. A rearview camera, panoramic sunroof, touchscreen navigation system and a seven-speaker upgraded sound system are available with Premium package for Hyundai Tucson Limited.

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson’s athletic shape is complemented with agile handling and responsive steering. Tucson uses MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension systems for more precise wheel control and a smoother ride. All four wheels are controlled by coil springs and fade-resistant gas-charged dampers. To make Tucson even more versatile, Hyundai engineers added an advanced electronic AWD system designed by JTEKT. The AWD system will automatically activate under any driving condition when needed, distributing the power equally and optimizing driving performance. Under normal driving, the system only distributes power to the front wheels, thereby reducing fuel consumption. The system includes a driver-selectable AWD lock allowing for a 50/50 torque split between the front and rear wheels for off-road and very slippery conditions.

Inside, the new five-seat Hyundai Tucson offers a commanding view of the road and evokes an adventurous ambience that is also laid-back and relaxing. The needs of the driver are fully accommodated, with the interior blending aspects of the outdoors and an urban lifestyle. Shapely seats feature center panels trimmed in breathable fabric with attractive and functional cushion side bolsters, plus additional lateral support for occupants’ shoulders.

The entry-level Hyundai Tucson GL is equipped with a 2.0-liter Theta II four-cylinder engine that produces 165 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard and a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy of Hyundai Tucson is 23 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway with the automatic and 20 mpg city / 27 mpg highway with the manual.

The GLS an Limited models of 2012 Hyundai Tucson come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder DOHC engine that makes 176 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered and buyers have a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Hyundai Tucson GLS and Limited delivers an estimated 21 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway with AWD and an impressive 22 mpg city/ 32 mpg highway with front-wheel drive.

The edmunds.com website says about 2012 Hyundai Tucson:

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson might not be as big as its main rivals, but it makes amends with a handsome cabin, an ample list of features, sporty handling and a low price. It’s a top pick for a small crossover.

 

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