2012 Hyundai Tucson

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson enters the market with a few important updates that make it a good choice for families who want to own a small crossover. The new Tucson is more fuel efficient, and features the Active Eco system that alters response from the transmission and the engine, and a set of low roll-resistance tires.

The update also covers the suspension which gives the crossover a better riding quality.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Crossover Base Price: $19,145.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.3 gallons (57L) MPG: 20 city / 27 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 173.2 in. (440 cm) Wheel Base: 103.9 in. (263.9 cm)
Height: 65.2 in. (165.6 cm) Width: 71.7 in. (182.1 cm)
Curb Weight: 3139 lbs (1423 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 25.7 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 2.0L 4 Cylinder DOHC Compression Ratio: 10.5: 1
Horsepower: 165 HP Max RPM: 6200 RPM
Torque: 146 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Available Trims & Engine
Option:GLS 2.4L MSRP: $22,295; MPG: 22 city / 32 hwy
Option:Limited 2.4L MSRP: $24,995; MPG: 22 city / 32 hwy
Option:GLS AWD MSRP: $23,945; MPG: 21 city / 28 hwy
Option:Limted AWD MSRP: $26,495; MPG: 21 city / 28 hwy

Engine

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson comes with different engine options. The GL base model is equipped with a 4-cylinder 2.0 liter engine that is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Buyers can go for the optional 6-speed automatic transmission. The Limited and the GLS models sport a 4-cylinder 2.4 liter engine.

The only transmission option for these trims is the automatic 6-speed transmission. Also the Limited and the GLS trims have optional all-wheel drive models.

Performance

The engine for the Limited and GLS models can deliver 176 horsepower and 168 lbs/ft of torque. Just like us, many car owners are happy with the power that these trims deliver. You have adequate muscle for passing. The new Tucson handles well, making it easier for the driver to control the crossover during merging.

The 2.4 liter trim has a fuel efficiency rating of 32/22 mpg highway/city which is quite competitive in its class. Car manufacturers do their best to meet the 20s when it comes to fuel efficiency. We give Hyundai credits for putting a lot of effort on this aspect.

Crossovers are known for giving drivers a smooth ride, an area where the new Tucson also succeeds. The only drawback with this crossover is the noticeable rollover tendencies because of the suspension. The weak spots of the new Tucson can be easily revealed when driving in tight corners.

Another thing that is worth paying attention to is the Downhill Brake Control that helps the driver maintain a steady speed during steep downhill descent. This feature is not uncommon for crossovers and SUVs and we are glad the Hyundai made use of it.

Exterior

The updated design of the new Tucson gives it a sportier look. Its fine curves and nature inspired angles give it a distinctive look that can be described as classy.

Interior

The first thing that is noticeable about the interior of the 2012 Tucson is its roomy cabin. Tall drivers and passengers should have no problems with space. In fact, being roomy is not a common trait that compact SUVs share. The Limited trim comes with leather seats, a driver seat that is power adjustable, and the automatic dual zone climate control.

You also have a touch screen navigation interface, a rear view camera, and the optional premium sound system and a sun roof. It is also good to know that you won't need to shed as much as $28,000 to have all these upgrades. The affordability of the 2012 Tucson is difficult to beat.

Safety

The 2012 Tucson scored "Good" in roof strength test and all crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It is awarded the Top Safety Pick.

On the other hand, the new Tucson is given 4 out of 5 stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission. This crossover features vehicle stability management, brake assist, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and hill start assist.

Pros

The Hyundai Tucson offers great value. It is fuel efficient and is classy.

Cons

Inferior suspension tuning is the drawback of the Tucson.

The good qualities of the 2012 Hyundai Tucson outweighs its flaws, making it a better choice for families who want to own a crossover.

Competition

The Subaru Forester (MSRP $20,595; 21 city / 27 hwy) and the Honda CR-V (MSRP $22,495; 23 city / 31 hwy) which gets the better mileage, are perhaps the two closest rivals of the Tucson.

Overall Rating
74 out of 100

What others say:

“Limp steering is a letdown in the 2012 Hyundai Tucson, but its smooth powertrains perform well and are very efficient.”Car Connection

“Tucson's 2.4-liter 4-cylinder has plenty of gusto from a stop, but mid-range power is just adequate and hill climbs can feel taxing. The gas pedal lacks a firm feel. The automatic transmission delivers crisp, well-timed shifts.”Consumer Guide

“The cabin is reasonably spacious, and the interior is well trimmed, with easy-to-use controls.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“The sculpted exterior of the 2012 Hyundai Tucson's design looks fresh and stands out among its boxy competitors.”KBB

“The 2012 Hyundai Tucson might not be as big as its main rivals, but it makes amends with a handsome cabin, an ample list of features, sporty handling and a low price. It's a top pick for a small crossover.”Edmunds