2010 Hyundai Tucson Priced at $19,790

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Hyundai Motors announces pricing for its 2010 Tucson. The CUV is priced nicely, starting at $19,790 including destination. First seen at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show in European trim, the 2010 Hyundai Tucson offers an updated version of the popular vehicle. Completely designed in Frankfurt, Germany, the Tucson offers European styling cues.

With pricing consistent with that of the 2009 models, the all-new Tucson offers more standard equipment and updated styling. New for the 2010 model are side-curtain airbags, hill start assist, downhill brake control, and XM radio.

Hyundai engineers were able to reduce weight by 61 lbs., allowing the Tucson to achieve up to 31 mpg on the highway. All models are equipped with the Theta 2.4-liter I-4 engine. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with all trims except the GLS, which can be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox.

An automatic transmission will cost an extra $1000 when ordering the entry GLS, tallying $20,790. The GLS model can be tailored to the customer's liking with the addition of the popular equipment and navigation packages. For $1700 the popular equipment option adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, Bluetooth, cruise control, and tinted windows among other cosmetic upgrades. Navigation adds a 6.5-inch screen, backup camera, and an audio upgrade with a subwoofer all for another $3700 over the base price (popular equipment included).

Spring for a Limited 2010 Tucson and get all the features found in the popular equipment package, 18-inch wheels, heated leather seats, dual front climate zones, and a few chrome accents for $25,140. And if that's not enough, navigation can be added with the premium package. Other premium package improvements consist of a panoramic sunroof (Hyundai's first), rear view camera, and the improved sound system mentioned above all for $27,990. All-wheel drive can be added to any model equipped with popular equipment on up for a $1500 premium.

"For 2010, the most popular Tucson offers 26 percent more horsepower, about 20 percent better combined fuel economy, standard six-speed transmission and the list goes on - all at the same price point as the previous generation Tucson," said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.

The 2010 Hyundai Tucson is available at dealerships this month. Complementary roadside assistance is offered to Tucson buyers for five years.

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