Primarily a carryover from the previous year, the 2009 Hyundai Tucson is a four-door, entry-level compact SUV that benefits from a few interior and exterior updates, as well as an improvement in fuel economy. The front-wheel drive base trim is powered by a 140-hp 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 136 lb-ft of torque, coupled to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Coming as either front- or four-wheel drive, the V6 trims are equipped with a 173-hp 2.7L V6 engine with 178 lb-ft of torque and a four-speed automatic transmission. One of the highlights of the Tucson is that EPA fuel economy estimates range from 20 mpg city/25 mpg hwy for the I4 engine with a manual transmission to 17/23 mpg for the V6 engine. Hyundai Tucson standard safety features include antilock brakes, stability control, front seat-mounted side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. With a maximum occupancy of five passengers, the Tucson has a 60/40-split rear seat that can be folded flat to provide 65 cubic feet of cargo space.