Jessi Lang reviews the 2010 Hyundai Tucson, an affordable option in the crossover class, competitor to the likes of the Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.
For 2010, the Tucson offers a lot of amenities drivers have come to expect but at a price that’s easy to stomach. We tested the ’10 AWD Limited Edition with automatic transmission. The output of the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine is nothing impressive, but it gets the job done, producing 170 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. With the automatic six-speed transmission you also get the Shiftronic system for clutchless manual shifting when you’re feeling a little feisty or just want the shifting control when passing other vehicles on the highway. With the AWD, 2.4L engine, and six-speed automatic, the Tucson gets some of the best fuel economy numbers in its class, averaging 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
Hyundai also offers some new technology in the Tucson for 2010, adding in Hill Start Assist and a Downward Brake Control System for the manual option, and an Eco-range Driver Indicator and Overdrive Lockup Torque System in the LT AWD version. The interior features like the ample cargo space, panoramic sunroof, and convenient, well-placed compartments make the Tucson a great vehicle for the family or adventurers on the move.
The 2010 Tucson Limited Edition AWD model starts at $25,845. Even with the premium package (panoramic sunroof, navigation, upgraded audio system) you still won’t break $30k, topping out at $29,590, making the Tucson a must-see if you’re in the market for a CUV.
Bought 6 months ago and now has 5,000 miles combined highway / city. The engine and transmission makes this car feels like a 6-cyl.