A 2.0-liter four-cylinder provides modest performance; an optional 2.4-liter four-cylinder delivers more punch; a six-speed automatic transmission is common to both and AWD is optional.
There’s no shortage of choices when considering the compact tall wagon class, with nearly every mainstream automaker producing at least one of this type. The five-passenger Tucson ranks right up there with the rest of the pack on price, performance and feature availability. The Tucson’s modest 2.0-liter four-cylinder is rated at 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque and comes standard in base models. You can also power up to an extra-cost 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 182 horses and 177 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are linked to six-speed automatic transmissions. The Tucson’s all-wheel-drive system that can be ordered with either powerplants comes with a number of off-roader-type functions, including hill-start-assist and downhill-brake control for added stability on steep terrain. The Tucson runs the gamut, all the way from the affordable GL to the Limited model with big wheels, navigation, leather seating surfaces, dual sunroofs and a stereo that controls your Apple iPod and displays song selections on its screen. Aside from features, though, one of the most telling signs that you’re in a Limited is the smoother ride and reduced levels of road noise. The difference is quite dramatic, even though the vehicles look pretty much the same. Of course, you can count on Hyundai’s all encompassing, but non-transferable, 10-year powertrain and five-year comprehensive warranties to apply to the Tucson.