2010 Hyundai Tucson

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2010 hyundai tucson Reviews and News

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The wretched economy of the past year has been a boon to Hyundai, which enjoyed its biggest-ever market share in 2009. Hyundai's Tucson, though, has been a laggard: fewer than one-tenth as many have been sold as the segment-leading Honda CR-V. The redesigned, 2010 Tucson should fare better. First of all, it has shed the stubby look of its predecessor. The new car is lower, wider, and longer but is about fifty pounds lighter.
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The interior has lots of hard plastic, but it's nicely finished and the switchgear is well laid-out. The base GLS has some typically cheap upholstery, but there's a very nice leatherette and cloth upgrade. The Limited's standard leather is better than what's usually found at this price point. The front seats are comfortable and so, too, are the rear, where adults will find decent headroom and plenty of legroom.
There's a big change under the hood. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder and optional small V-6 have been broomed in favor of a new, 2.4-liter four, which beats the six's power output while besting the fuel economy of the smaller four. Now aided by a six-speed automatic, the Tucson's mileage figures are near the front of the class: 21/28 city/highway mpg with all-wheel drive and 23/31 mpg with front-wheel drive - or 22/30 mpg with the base car's six-speed manual. Buyers looking at an entry-level Tucson might want to act soon, as the 2011 version will use a new, 2.0-liter engine in place of the current 2.4, and we wouldn't want to give up any of the 2.4-liter's 176 ponies. The large four is noisy under hard acceleration, but when cruising, the Tucson is surprisingly quiet.
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Hyundai has been on a quest to shed the soggy chassis tuning that has long characterized Korean cars, and the Tucson is a case in point. Runs up and down Malibu's canyon roads revealed nearly flat cornering attitudes. Our GLS rode well on its seventeen-inch wheels (the Limited has eighteens), although Los Angeles doesn't serve up much in the way of bad pavement. L.A.'s challenge, of course, is traffic, and with the Tucson's tiny rear-quarter windows, you'll want to carefully adjust the mirrors before merging across five-lane freeways. (To aid in backing up, the optional navigation package has a rearview camera.) In this new generation, though, the Tucson itself is ready to merge into the small-crossover mainstream, where it likely will help Hyundai grab even more market share in 2010 - even if the economy isn't quite so miserable.
The Specs:
ON SALE: Now
price: $19,790/$25,140 (GLS/Limited)
Engine: 2.4 I-4, 176 hp, 168 lb-ft
Drive: Front- or 4-wheel
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For most manufacturers, 2009 was a wretched year they'd like to forget, but Hyundai has been able to capitalize on the economic misery and grab a big chunk of market share. Where will additional gains come from in 2010? One place is likely to be the small SUV arena, where Hyundai's Tucson has been an underachiever, selling fewer than one-tenth as many as the segment-leading Honda CR-V.
The redesigned, 2010 Tucson should do much better. First of all, it has shed the stubby, front-heavy look of its predecessor. While the new sheetmetal isn't exactly an Audi-style standout, it falls somewhere in the range between inoffensive and blandly attractive, in a modern-crossover kind of a way. The car is lower, wider, and longer but, commendably, is less than 100 pounds heavier.
The interior is pleasant-looking as well. Yes, there's lots of hard plastic, but it's very nicely finished, with an attractive dash and well-laid-out switchgear. The base GLS ($19,790, $900 more than before) has some typically cheap cloth, but the popular equipment package ($1700) includes a very nice leatherette and cloth upgrade. The Limited ($25,140) includes leather, which has two different textures and is better than what is typically found at this price point. The front seats are comfortable and so, too, is the rear, where adults will find decent headroom and plenty of legroom.
A big change has taken place under the hood. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder and optional small V-6 have been broomed in favor of a new 2.4-liter four. Previously, half of Tucson buyers chose the V-6, but the new engine equals the six's power output (with 176 hp) and delivers better fuel economy than the old four-cylinder, so it's pretty easy to support the move.
Aided by a new six-speed automatic -- unusual in the class -- the Tucson's mpg figures put it up with the Chevrolet Equinox at the front of the class. The front-wheel-drive version is rated at 23/31 mpg and the all-wheel-drive model checks in with 21/28 mpg (with its four-cylinder engine, both the front-wheel-drive and the four-wheel-drive Equinox are 1 mpg better on the highway and 1 mpg worse in the city). Hyundai also offers a six-speed manual, a rarity among compact crossovers. The stick shift extracts a 1 mpg penalty in both city and highway driving, but it's $1000 cheaper than the automatic; it's available in the front-wheel-drive, base car only. Speaking of which, if you lean that way you might want to act before the next model year, because for 2011, Hyundai will be swapping in a new 2.0-liter base engine in place of the current 2.4, in the base car only.
We're not sure we'd want to give up any of the 2.4-liter's 176 ponies. The large four-banger is noisy under hard acceleration, but when cruising, the Tucson is surprisingly quiet. The automatic's six gears are welcome, although the top two seem very close together while the gap between second and third is large. The shift lever has a manual gate, but there are no paddles.
That's okay, since a small crossover rarely inspires F1 fantasies, and the Tucson is no different. However, under CEO John Krafcik (a former Ford development engineer), Hyundai is on a quest to shed the soggy chassis tuning that long characterized Korean cars, and the Tucson is a case in point. Runs up and down Malibu's canyon roads revealed a pleasantly firm suspension that provides nearly flat cornering attitudes and also resists dive and squat. Electric power steering is tuned better than most, if still a bit overboosted at parking-lot speeds. Our GLS also rode well on its seventeen-inch wheels (the Limited has eighteens), not that Los Angeles serves up much of a challenge in terms of bad pavement. L.A.'s big driving challenge, of course, is traffic, and the Tucson's obstructed rear-quarter visibility -- depressingly common among crossovers -- demands careful adjustment of sideview mirrors when merging across five-lane freeways. (To aid in backing up, the optional navigation package includes a rearview camera.)
With this new model, the Tucson itself is ready to merge into the small crossover main stream, where it likely will help Hyundai rack up yet another market share gain in 2010 -- even if the economy isn't quite so miserable.
2010 HYUNDAI TUCSON
Base price: $19,790
As tested: $24,490
Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC I-4
Horsepower: 176 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 168 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: All-wheel
Measurements:
L x W x H: 173.2 x 71.7 x 66.3 in
Cargo capacity (rear seats up/down): 25.7/55.8 cubic feet
Curb weight: 3382 lbs
EPA rating: 21/28 mpg
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Wow, another great Hyundai interior! And another reminder of how Hyundai is breathing heavily down Toyota's neck. Why? I just drove a Toyota RAV4, and it was priced at $28,761, slightly more than this Tucson at $28,090. Both were front-wheel-drive four-cylinder models, but the Toyota is saddled with a four-speed automatic, whereas the Tucson has a much more modern six-speed automatic, which helps the Hyundai achieve 2 mpg better on the highway, according to the EPA. This from an engine that is nearly identical to the RAV4's in size and output. Interestingly, Hyundai has two different horsepower and torque ratings for its Theta II engine: the standard 176 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque, or 170 hp and 163 lb-ft in the so-called "green states"; with that state of tune, the Tucson qualifies as a PZEV, or Partial Zero Emission Vehicle.
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Finally Hyundai has a competent entry in a very competitive class. Sure, everything about the 2011 Sonata sounds great, but I haven't driven one yet so I'm not passing judgment there. The Tucson is now a serious competitor to the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, and that's exactly what Hyundai needs from this little crossover.
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Now that I've seen the 2010 Tucson on the street and in my driveway, I really like the look of Hyundai's new cute-ute. The interior is quite sharp, too, as Joe and Phil have already noted.
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The Hyundai Tucson is yet another example of the new vehicles coming out of Korea that are giving Japanese (and American, and European) manufacturers some stiff competition in the value-for-money equation. While the Tucson we drove came in at $28,000 as tested, you can, as Rusty pointed out, get a pretty well-equipped base model for around $20,000, undercutting both the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 base models by a couple thousand dollars.
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The spec sheet suggests that the new Hyundai Tucson is a solid competitor in the compact crossover segment with great fuel economy, good equipment offerings, and a fair price. Approaching the Tucson increases your expectations, as both the interior and exterior styling stand up to comparisons with leaders like the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4.
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I only used the Tucson for a short, damp commute home, but I can agree with most of my colleagues in promoting it as another very credible offering from Hyundai. I was slightly unimpressed with the driving experience as, like Rusty, I thought the steering was numb and unnatural, but let's face it, "steering feel" probably occupies about the same spot on the compact crossover buyer's priority list as "does it fly?" Otherwise, the Tucson now competes toe-to-toe with the likes of the Honda CR-V in terms of interior quality and refinement while still maintaining a price advantage and a better warranty.
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2010 Hyundai Tucson Limited FWD
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Small crossovers, it seems, are all the rage. Not only is General Motors running its plants at overtime to build the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, but Hyundai is already increasing production of its all-new 2010 Tucson to meet consumer demand.
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Accountants at Hyundai have prepared the company's fourth-quarter balance sheet, and to no surprise, the Korean automaker performed very well for the last three months of 2009. The company raked in a net profit of nearly $822 million in the fourth quarter alone.

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2010 Hyundai Tucson Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
Horsepower:
176 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
168 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
60,000 miles / 60 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 120 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 84 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Summary
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 TUCSON VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 27, 2010, THROUGH APRIL 17, 2010 FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT," FOR THE PHOTOMETRY REQUIREMENTS OF THE REAR REFLECTOR ASSEMBLIES INSTALLED IN THE REAR BUMPERS.
Consequences
THIS COULD LEAD TO REDUCED VISIBILITY OF THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE REAR REFLECTOR ASSEMBLIES, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JUNE 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI'S CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.
Potential Units Affected
7,829
Notes
HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Summary
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 TUCSON VEHICLES. PROPERLY SEATED ADULT RIGHT FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS WEIGHING OVER APPROXIMATELY 240 POUNDS CAUSE THE PASSIVE OCCUPANT DETECTION SYSTEM (PODS) MODULE PROGRAM TO ILLUMINATE THE "AIR BAG" WARNING LAMP.
Consequences
IF "AIR BAG" WARNING LAMP IS ILLUMINATED, THE PASSENGER AIR BAG WILL DEPLOY IF A CRASH OF SUFFICIENT FORCE TO REQUIRE FRONT AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT IS EXPERIENCED, AND WILL NOT BE DEACTIVATED IF A CHILD IS SEATED IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEATING POSITION, WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY TO A CHILD FRONT PASSENGER.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE PODS MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. HYUNDAI ANTICIPATES OWNERS NOTIFICATION BEGAN BY TELEPHONE ON FEBRUARY 15 2010 AND THE NOTIFICATION WAS MAILED ON MARCH 5, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.
Potential Units Affected
515
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
Summary
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Accent, model year 2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Sante Fe,2006-2011 Tucson, 2009-2011 Elantra Touring, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2008-2011 Veracruz, 2009-2011 Genesis, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-2008 Entourage, and 2006-2008 Tiburon vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Hyundai recalled 1,059,824 model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. In September 2013, Hyundai informed the agency that it was adding more vehicles to this campaign, representing an additional 652,512 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,712,336. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake transmission shift interlock feature, preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
Consequences
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of Park without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.
Potential Units Affected
1,712,336
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Summary
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Accent, model year 2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Sante Fe,2006-2011 Tucson, 2009-2011 Elantra Touring, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2008-2011 Veracruz, 2009-2011 Genesis, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-2008 Entourage, and 2006-2008 Tiburon vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Hyundai recalled 1,059,824 model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. In September 2013, Hyundai informed the agency that it was adding more vehicles to this campaign, representing an additional 652,512 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,712,336. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake transmission shift interlock feature, preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
Consequences
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of Park without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.
Potential Units Affected
1,712,336
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
No Data
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
No Data
NHTSA Rating Front Side
No Data
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
No Data
NHTSA Rating Rollover
No Data
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R

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