An all-new model for 2005, the Tucson returns for 2006 with a new top-of-the-line Limited trim level in place of last year's LX. All versions receive styling tweaks inside and out. Illuminated visor mirrors and a tire pressure monitoring system are now standard on GLS and Limited models.
The Tucson is Hyundai's crossover utility vehicle (CUV) that is mechanically similar to its family cousin, the Kia Sportage. Following in the footsteps of Hyundai's larger Santa Fe, the five-passenger Tucson is based on a car platform with unibody construction, transverse engine mounting, and a choice of front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The Tucson is available in GL, GLS, and Limited trim levels. All trim levels feature a strong emphasis on safety, with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, seat-mounted side air bags, and roof-mounted side curtain air bags all standard. Other standard features include alloy wheels, air conditioning, a CD player, power windows/locks/mirrors, and roof rails.
GL models are powered by a 140-hp, 2.0L four-cylinder engine with a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, the latter only available on front-wheel drive models. GLS and Limited models are powered by a 173-hp, 2.7L V-6 with a 4-speed automatic transmission and either front- or four-wheel drive. The four-wheel-drive system uses a Borg-Warner electronic center differential that can divert up to 50 percent of the engine's power to the rear wheels for increased traction. Unlike most car-based SUVs, however, the Tucson's center differential can be manually locked into four-wheel-drive mode at speeds below 25 mph, increasing traction for light off-road driving or in slippery road situations.
J.D. Power and Associates Research
What do owners think about the quality of Hyundai Tucson as it comes off the assembly line
Tucson ranks highest in initial quality in the compact multi-activity vehicle segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study.SM Tucson performs well in the audio/entertainment/navigation system, seats, and HVAC categories. Tucson performs better than segment average in the features/controls/displays, exterior, the driving experience, seats, and audio/entertainment/navigation system categories.
Twenty-three other vehicles, including Hyundai's own Santa Fe, compete against the Tucson in the Compact CUV segment. Buyers in this segment are looking for vehicles that offer SUV-like space and style with improved fuel efficiency and more car-like ride and handling.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the segment leader for calendar-year 2005 was the Ford Escape, with 165,122 units. Next in line was the Honda CR-V (150,219), followed by the Chrysler PT Cruiser (133,740). The Tucson delivered 61,039 sales, just behind the Hyundai Santa Fe. Other vehicles in this segment include the Chevrolet Equinox and HHR, Saturn VUE, Honda Element, Scion xB, Subaru Forester, Mazda Tribute and CX-7, Mercury Mariner, Kia Sportage and (new) Carens, Mitsubishi Outlander, Pontiac Torrent, Suzuki Grand Vitara and SX4, (new) Dodge Nitro, and the Jeep Compass and Patriot.
|GL (M5)||5 speed manual||$17,845||140-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||22/27|
|GLS (A4)||4 speed automatic||$20,845||173-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||20/26|
|Limited (A4)||4 speed automatic||$22,245||173-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||20/26|