With the new 2012 Hyundai Tucson compact utility vehicle, Hyundai achieved its goal of creating better fuel economy for its consumers. The newest Tucson now boasts an EPA-estimated 32 mpg highway, as well as a larger capacity fuel tank, a new Active ECO System, low rolling-resistance silica tires and high-efficiency air conditioning.
Hyundai’s Active ECO System – which modifies engine and transmission and throttle responses to maximize fuel efficiency – can create a seven percent increase in real-world fuel economy. The Tucson also provides drivers exact information about how efficient their vehicle is through a standard trip computer and an economy indicator. The 32 mpg highway fuel economy of the Tucson GLS and Limited trims beats that of the four-cylinder-equipped Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Nissan Rouge and Toyota RAV4.
The Tucson has two available transmissions: a six-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC clutchless manual control and a five-speed manual transmission. The entry Tucson GL offers a high-output 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 165 hp and 146 lb/ft of torque and delivers 31 mpg highway. The Tucson GLS and Limited come with a 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine that has an estimated 176 hp and 168 lb/ft of torque.
Thanks to a longer wheelbase than both the Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape, the Tucson offers a spacious cabin with 101.9 cubic feet of passenger volume – more passenger room than both the Rogue and the Escape – and class-leading rear legroom. An available panoramic sunroof raises the standard for Hyundai comfort. The Tucson also comes with power windows and locks, fold-away mirrors and remote keyless entry with alarm and panic button. A Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, and audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel, are also available.
A 160-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system that includes six speakers, an iPod/USB auxiliary input and an iPod cable is standard on all Tucson models. Available interior upgrades include a navigation system with a rearview camera, XM NavTraffic and a 360-watt premium audio system that includes an external amplifier and subwoofer.
Safety features on the Tucson include Electronic Stability Control with traction control and an advanced four-channel antilock brake system (ABS) with Brake Assist program to help provide the most braking force during a quick stop. The Tucson has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick” in back-to-back years.
The Tucson comes in three versions – GL, GLS and Limited – and starts at an MSRP of $19,145. Its exterior shape is based upon the Hyundai Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, giving the car a dynamic figure with a hexagonal front grille, a sculpted hood and a sports car feel. A Chrome Package that includes chrome grille accents and door handles is available for the Tucson Limited.
The Tucson offers agile handling and responsive steering. It features a turning diameter of 34.7 feet, one of the smallest in the segment, meaning easier maneuvering in tight spots. The SUV’s versatility is showcased by a new electronic all-wheel drive system that was designed by JTEKT. The system automatically activates during specific driving conditions and also includes a driver’s option as well. Standard Hillstart Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC) create a smoother driving experience by keeping the Tucson from rolling backwards on steep hills and actively managing the speed of the Tucson on steep declines, respectively.
If you’re looking for a sleek, safe SUV with outstanding fuel economy, look no further than the 2012 Hyundai Tucson. Come test drive one today.