For 2007, Hyundai's smallest sport utility vehicle gets a revised model lineup: GLS, SE, and Limited. Three new colors-Platinum, Brilliant Copper, and Dark Titanium Gray-are available, and SE and Limited models get a trip computer and upgraded audio systems.
The Tucson has been a feather in Hyundai's cap since its launch in 2005, receiving several awards, including ranking highest in the Compact Multi-Activity Vehicle segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study.SM Like many crossovers, the Tucson-which is mechanically similar to the Kia Sportage-is constructed like a car with a transverse- (sideways) mounted engine (a 140-hp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder for GLS models and a 173-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 for the SE and Limited) and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive (AWD). Four-cylinder Tucsons are available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, though AWD is only available with a manual transmission. All V-6-powered Tucsons get the 4-speed automatic.
Standard features on the 5-passenger Hyundai Tucson include side and side curtain air bags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, power windows/locks/mirrors, a CD player, and alloy wheels, with optional features such as air conditioning and an upgraded stereo. SE models get air conditioning, a tire-pressure-monitoring system, and upgraded exterior and interior trim, while the Tucson Limited adds features like leather seats (heated in front), automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The Tucson is covered by Hyundai's famously long warranty: 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.
The Hyundai Tucson competes in the Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of 20 models. Buyers in this segment look for fuel economy, reliability, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Honda CR-V (170,028 units sold), Ford Escape (157,395), and Toyota RAV4 (152,047). The Hyundai Tucson sold 52,067 units in 2006, a decrease of 14.7 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Compact CUV segment include the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chevrolet Equinox and HHR, Saturn Vue, and Scion xB. Joining the segment in 2007 are two Jeep models-the Compass and the Patriot.
|GLS (M5)||5 speed manual||$16,995||140-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||23/28|
|SE (A4)||4 speed automatic||$20,995||173-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||20/26|
|Limited (A4)||4 speed automatic||$22,345||173-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||20/26|