Smaller than their Santa Fe sport utility vehicle, Hyundai created the Tucson for the 2005 model year based on a similar platform to the one used for the Elantra. Styled as an athletic, versatile vehicle, the 2005 Hyundai Tucson was offered with a front-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive system using Borg Warner Electronic InterActive Torque Management.
Engine power for the first-year Tucson consisted of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder base powerplant and a 2.7-liter V-6 engine. A five-speed manual transmission was offered with the base engine while a four-speed Shiftronic automatic gearbox was available. Focused on a being a value-oriented compact utility vehicle, the Hyundai Tucson arrived air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels and a six-speaker stereo system.
Six airbags, electronic stability program with traction control and four-wheel disc brakes was supplied as standard safety equipment on all 2005 Tucsons. For 2006, a premium-appointed Limited model replaced the LX version of the Hyundai Tucson featuring standard equipped leather seating. 2005 to 2009 model year Hyundai Tucson gained a several enhancement over the course of the first generation.
XM satellite radio was added standard for 2008 while the 2009 model year Tucson featured several efficiencies that increased fuel economy. For 2010, a second-generation Hyundai Tucson embodied the auto companys new Fluidic Sculpture design language. 3.3 inches longer than the previous generation, the 2010 Tucson was actually 61 pound lighter in overall weight. Along with accommodating five occupants, the second-generation Tucson was rated for 25.7 cubic of cargo volume (expanding to 55.8 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded down).
The six-cylinder engine was dropped but a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produced 176 horsepower. A smaller 2.0-liter powerplant was added for 2011 as a new base engine. An extensive 2014 model year refresh to the Hyundai Tucson included gasoline direct injection powerplants and standard Bluetooth connectivity.