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2010 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD Review

Big Value, Small SUV

A three-quarter front view of a 2010 Hyundai Tucson

In short: A reasonably priced entry-level SUV.

The new Hyundai Tucson is built upon the idea that bigger isn't always better — unless we're talking about savings, that is. This handsome small SUV packs in plenty of value in its compact frame, offering upscale amenities and an efficient design at an affordable price.

On the road, we were pleasantly surprised with the Tucson's peppy acceleration and handling, which perfectly complement the car's sporty looks. Unfortunately, that extra oomph in the SUV's 2.4-liter DOHC 4-cylinder doesn't translate to excellent gas mileage. During our time with the Tucson, our tester earned just 20 mpg highway — well below the manufacturer's claim of 28 mpg.

Inside the attractive, leather-appointed interior of our Limited edition Tucson, intelligent features like a Bluetooth hands-free phone system and multi-function trip computer with ECO indicator add a luxury touch to the already-comfortable cabin. Apart from the Tucson's ample hi-tech amenities, we found the design to be both practical and driver-friendly. From behind the nicely-styled leather-wrapped steering wheel, visibility is good, and is further aided by efficient wipers in the case of inclement weather. However, come rain or shine, you can count on this compact SUV to meet your biggest demands while still fitting comfortably in your driveway.

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Warranty/Service: Five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; seven-year/unlimited mile anti-perforation warranty; ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; five-year/unlimited mile 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $26,195 / As Tested: $27,090

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door SUV

2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 176 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 168 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC

Curb weight:
3,179 lbs
Wheelbase: 103.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 173.2/71.7/65.2 in
Turning circle: 34.7 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS; electronic brake-force distribution with brake assist; downhill brake control
Suspension: MacPherson strut front independent; multi-link rear independent

Traction: traction control system; electronic stability control; hill-start assist control

0-60 mph: 8.3 seconds
Top Speed: 111 mph

EPA City:
21 mpg
EPA Highway: 28 mpg

driver and front passenger front and side airbags; front and rear passenger side curtain airbags; occupant classification system; rollover protection

Likes: handsome; sporty; good space distribution

Dislikes: mpg


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PNW041610 (Updated 10/13/11 NW)