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.Read more Read less
The 2009 Hyundai Tucson gets a new front grille and a redesigned tailgate, giving it a sportier look. Models with 4WD now get heated front seats and windshield wiper de-icers. The Limited trim comes standard with a sunroof. A new selection of alloy wheels and a charcoal black interior are available for 2009. A navigation system will become available later in 2009.
Very affordable pricing; excellent safety ratings; extensive warranty; car-like ride in an SUV
Hyundai has one of the best basic warranties available (five years or 60,000 miles) and a great powertrain warranty (10 years/100,000 miles). In government crash tests, the 2009 Tucson scored several 5-star ratings for front and side impact crashes. The EPA estimates mileage for the 2WD Tucson at 20 city and 26 highway.