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Vehicle Profile: 2012 Hyundai Tucson
Higher fuel economy a highlight of new Tucson.

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.


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