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Pros: Borg-Warner Electronic Inter-Active Torque Management all-wheel drive system.
Cons: Does not offer automatic climate control on GLS model.
Advice: Opt for the GLS 4WD modelWe purchased a 2005 Tucson GLS at the end of December, and have already put 2,030 miles on it. In a word, it’s GREAT. I’ve been driving since 1964 and have owned many different vehicles. The fit, finish, quality and drivability are first rate. We love its looks (subjective), and it is a very solid vehicle (just close the driver’s door). It is very comfortable; easy to get in and out of. The 24 valve DOHC 2.7 L V6 has plenty of power, and the 4 speed automatic shifts precisely. Included are many standard features that would be optional or not even available on other comparably priced (and even much higher priced) SUV’s. Some of these include remote keyless entry with alarm, heated mirrors, fog lights, automatic stability control, 4 wheel antilock disc brakes (ventilated discs in front), side air bags, fog lamps, front wiper de-icer, AM/FM Stereo Cassette/CD/MP3 player with six speakers, illuminated ignition, cruise control, complex surface lens halogen bulb headlights, privacy tinted glass on side and rear windows, hinged rear window with defroster and intermittent wiper/washer, and 16” alloy wheels. I rate the handling excellent; dry roads, rain covered, or on the snow covered roads of the “Lakes Region of New Hampshire”, thanks to the sophisticated Borg-Warner Electronic Inter-Active Torque Management all-wheel drive system. It has a tight turning radius, nearly 8” of ground clearance and P235/60 R 16 tires. Bottom line, if you’re looking for a well designed, solid smaller SUV you just can not go wrong with the Hyundai Tucson. And if like me, you were concerned about buying a Hyundai, just check out the 5 year/100,000 mile warrantee, and reviews of recent Hyundai’s.
Pros: Looks sporty, like the sun/moon roof and folding rear seats.
Cons: Fuel mileage is pathetic.
Advice: From what research I have done Hyundai has overstated the fuel mileage by 5-7 mpg in my experience and others I have read.The Hyundai Tucson has a few bugs in its system for the first go round. I have owned my new SUV for about 3 months now and it has been in the dealership shop 4 times for a total of 13 days. The first time for a faulty fuel gage which was told to me at that time was just a glitch. The 2nd and 3rd time was also for the fuel gage, but the check engine light was on so they replaced the fuel pump, gas tank floats and sending units, and made some adjustments. The fourth time---hopefully the last for a while--- was also for the check engine light and they changed the ECM twice in a six day stay over and other various items including the brake booster? But needless to say I like my new auto and I would like it much more if I didn't have to see the inside of the garage again anytime soon.. But the fuel mileage my Tucson gets is ridiculous, I don't know how they can advertise 22-26 miles to a gallon when I am lucky to get 18 mpg. I have the 6 cylinder (but also own a full size Chevy truck with V-8 and it almost gets better mileage than the Hyundai). So you might want to think about letting the 'glitches' get worked out of this new vehicle before you invest in it and if you do get one anyway- Good luck! These are more Pros for the Tuscon- it's a pretty comfortable ride for what you pay, the Tucson is a nice sporty looking ride you have to admit, better looking than the Santa Fe in my opinion. (Although Tuscon seems to be a bit of a copy cat of the Ford Escape). The standard options are great- power windows and locks etc. I like the power sun/moon roof, it is the best thing so far. The split folding rear seats are nice too for hauling longer items. The rear cargo area with privacy shelf is a perk but takes away from space if you need to haul any tall items (just a little above the height of a brown paper bag). The leather covered steering wheel is smooth feeling although a little cheesy looking. I'm sure there is more that I could say but I was always taught when you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all right. These are more Cons for the Tuscon- The seats are pretty ugly with only a few options on interior colors and patterns for the cloth and the leather reminds me of the seat of the old Volkswagen Beetle. The drivers center arm rest, which is adjustable, still doesn't quite fit someone that is not 6 ft tall, you almost have to be in the backseat to use it. There really is no storage for CDs etc in the arms reach of the driver (except for inside that pesky center drivers arm rest which it's not very easy to access from the front seat again), and the stereo is very low quality so I guess you don't need CDs anyway. The cargo area is not very roomy and backseat has a fold down drink holder/ passenger arm rest that has only one round hole and a square spot for what? My kids are still trying to figure that out. Hyundai needs to revamp their tilt steering wheel and get into the 21st century.
Pros: Four wheel drive lock up system
Cons: engine and raod noise
Advice: Buy one or twoI stumbeled upon Tucson by accident on Hundyai's web site after being so impressed with a rented Sonata I anticipated buying one. A Lexis it's not but very close in enough respects at a price of two for one that you would have to have a room temperture IQ and amnesia to not buy one! In comparison with my 2004 Tyota Avelon LS the only promanent down side is engine and raod noise, sound system and the eather isn't quite as soft and plush. My Tucson LX has many addded features and some same features that work better among them the heater, heated seats and rear window defroster. Tucson has automatic traction control, side air bags, double OHC 24 valve V6, heated mirrors. The FWD lock in system is instantaneous, positive, wounderfully perfect in Maine driving conditions. Do your own do dilligence and buy one you will be pleasantly pleased and very satisfied.
Pros: V6 and Transmission
Cons: nothing yet
Advice: Great small car that feels big... great visibilityWe just bought a 2005 Tucson and since we haven't put a lot of miles in I can only give first impressions. We love this car. We traded a 2001 Honda Accord which was very uncomfortable, but reliable. The Hyundai is very comfortable, easy to get in and out of. It has great power (V6) and handles wonderfully. We love the look of the smaller Tucson, very sporty. I was a bit concerned about it being a Hyundai, thinking the quality and build would be an issue, but this is a very solid car.
Pros: Dash layout and comfortable seats. 10 year 100,000 mile warranty.
Cons: Rear storage cover is useless. Remove it and put it in a closet.
Advice: Get one, you will love it !!!!I love my new Tucson. The handling is superb. It has a great feel to it. The transmission shifts smooth and the V-6 has plenty of power. This is a very well designed vehicle.