The Hyundai Tucson compact crossover SUV has been considerably updated for 2010. It has bold new styling with a much more aggressive stance. The Tucson’s new style is inspired by Hyundai’s new overall design theme called “fluidic sculpture”. The look emphasizes, sportiness, aerodynamics, and prominent body creases to make the design distinct.
While the 2010 Tucson still competes in the compact SUV class, it is 4.5 inches longer, 3 inches lower, and 1 inch wider than the 2009 model. Despite its curvy bodywork, it offers more interior space than the comparably sized Ford Escape. However, the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4 have more interior room than the Tucson. Impressively, despite offering more room and more power, the 2010 Tucson is 64 pounds lighter, in front-wheel drive, four-cylinder form than the 2009 model. A V-6 engine option is no longer offered for 2010.
There is much more than styling new in the Tucson for 2010. It offers new features, such as standard Hillstart Assist, standard Downhill Brake Control, standard Bluetooth, and an improved all-wheel drive system. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard. New options include a touch-screen navigation system and a panoramic sunroof.
The engine of the 2010 Tucson is also all-new. The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine features more power and better fuel economy than any prior Tucson. The new engine generates 36 horsepower more than last year’s four-cylinder model with the front-wheel drive model getting up to 31 miles per gallon. The 2010 Tucson has slightly more horsepower than the Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue, slightly less than the Honda CR-V and four-cylinder Toyota RAV-4. All of these models have between 170 and 180 horsepower in four-cylinder form.
The Tucson comes in GLS and Limited model types, in two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive form. The Limited offers all the amenities of a luxury automobile. It comes standard with larger wheels, leather seats, eight-way power driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof, rear camera, and 6.5-inch touch-screen navigation system, among other features.
Hyundais are some of the most improved autos on the roads today. The Tucson is worth considering in the new compact SUV class. Its entry price is several thousand dollars less than some of its competitors. To learn more, go the Hyundia Tucson’s website.