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2012 Hyundai Tucson GL SUV

2012 Hyundai Tucson Review

(0 Stars)  Underrated frugality.

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Overview
Hyundai's smallest sport-ute has often been overshadowed in the marketplace, but its maker is continually improving the Tucson in hopes of turning it into a segment leader. Lots of subtle tweaks were made to the vehicle for 2012 to further improve real-world fuel mileage, although only the front-wheel-drive, 2.4-liter, automatic-transmission Tucson sees a change to its EPA fuel-mileage rating (up 1 mpg on the highway, to 32 mpg). Not so long ago -- 2010 -- the Tucson dropped its V-6 engine and was completely redesigned as a slightly larger but lighter vehicle. The 2.4-liter engine is powerful enough for most tasks, and the Tucson's impressive fuel-economy numbers are worth the extra beats it might take to reach highway speeds. The interior has lots of hard plastic, but it's nicely finished and the switchgear is well laid out. The base GL -- the only Tucson available with the relatively powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder or the five-speed manual transmission -- has cheap-feeling upholstery, but the GLS comes with a nice leatherette and cloth upgrade. The top-of-the-line Limited's standard leather is better than what's usually found at this price point, and that model also comes with heated front seats and automatic climate control and offers a sunroof and navigation. Hyundai has been on a quest to shed the soggy chassis tuning that has characterized Korean cars, and it has succeeded with the Tucson, which has merged into the small-crossover mainstream.

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2012 Tucson GL Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.0L Theta II in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 22 MPG city, 29 MPG highway, 25 MPG combined and 383 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
15.3gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 165 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 146 ft lb of torque @ 4,600 rpm

'12 Hyundai GL SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Hill Decent Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Tires and Wheels  
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