Introduced in 2005 as Hyundai's smallest utility vehicle, the 2008 Hyundai Tucson adds a new upgraded audio system with aux input, satellite radio, and active head restraints. Available in FWD or AWD, Tucson's GLS, SE, and Limited trim levels can be had with a 2.0-liter 140 hp 4-cylinder mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic delivering up to 20/25 mpg city/hwy. Choose the optional 2.7-liter V-6 with automatic, and the Tucson achieves 18/24 mpg city/hwy. It all sits on a 103 inch wheelbase which provides a smooth comfortable ride for the quiet interior that can be optioned up with leather, heated seats, and a power sunroof. All Tucson trims have 6 airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and 5-star front and side crash protection. Competing well with Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape, the Tucson is a practical and well-liked option in its segment.Read more Read less
Active head restraints join the Hyundai Tucson's already long list of standard features for 2008, and XM satellite radio and an auxiliary audio input join the list of standard features later in the model year. Also, a six-disc CD changer is now standard on the Limited model, and a new black leather interior replaces last year's gray leather.
Low price; good fuel efficiency; solid ride; loaded with safety features.
The 2008 Hyundai Tucson is a very strong value, offering both a lower price and more standard features than several other vehicles in its class, including a full roster of safety features. It also has respectable fuel economy, with an EPA highway rating of up to 25 mpg, and a good ride relative to more trucklike sport-utilities. According to Hyundai, the Tucson is the only crossover SUV in its class with standard XM satellite radio and an auxiliary audio input (features added in the middle of the model year).