The 2012 Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover SUV available with FWD and AWD drivetrains. The standard Tucson is powered a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 165 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a standard 5-speed manual transmission (an optional 6-speed automatic transmission is also available) the Tucson achieves an EPA estimated 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Upgrading to the GLS or LIMITED trim level grants the driver an upgraded 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that yields 176 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 21 mpg city to 30 mpg highway, depending on drivetrain selection. Features include panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, touch-screen navigation system, rearview camera, hands-free phone system, and auxiliary input jacks. Safety is comprised of electronic stability control, traction control system, anti-lock braking, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, tire pressure monitoring, advanced dual front airbags, side impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags. The Tucson is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2012, the Hyundai Tucson receives small changes primarily aimed at improving fuel economy. Among them is the addition of low rolling resistance tires, a high-efficiency air conditioning system and Active ECO System, which modifies engine and transmission controls to smooth throttle response.
Class-leading fuel efficiency; responsive powertrains; rear passenger space; smooth ride; generous standard features; safety features
The Tucson has a lot going for it when matched up against the competition. With either available engine, the Tucson has some of the highest combined and highway fuel economy ratings in its class. The Tucson has a longer wheelbase than its rivals yet has one of the shortest turning diameters, which makes it settled and stable on the open road yet also maneuverable in tight spaces. Hyundai also says there is more interior space than in some vehicles a size larger, and rear-seat legroom is class-leading.
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