2010 Hyundai Tucson

What does Hyundai have for us at the LA Auto show for 2009? Nothing less than a shiny, brand new 2010 Tucson, of course. Bigger than last year’s model ( as is the trend in the auto industry ), the 2010 Tucson actually weighs about sixty pounds less than before. That’s not something we see often, and it’s definitely worth mentioning. So, what about the looks? Well, it looks pretty dang nice for the segment. It does follow the design trend of the day, with that upward-curing rear end, and the tiny little windows. While it’s a stylish look now, the blind spots that result aren’t exactly fun.

Visibility issues aside, the 2010 Tucson is an extremely attractive car outside, and has some *very* high quality materials inside. The center stack takes some getting used to, but it does appear to be simple, which is refreshing.

2010 Hyundai Tucson Specs

  • 176 HP 2.4 liter four cylinder engine
  • All-new 6 speed automatic transmission
  • Curb weight: 3203 lbs
  • EPA Ratings: 23 MPG city / 31 MPG highway

Holy gas mileage Batman. That’s only 1 less MPG than the ridiculously frugal 2010 Equinox. Also equal to the 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid on the highway. The biggest key to the impressive gas mileage is keeping weight down – the Tucson is among the lightest vehicles in it’s class. Also, Hyundai didn’t go overboard with horsepower – the 176 HP is very competitive within the class, but not pack-leading. Nor does it need to be, as small CUV buyers aren’t looking to race from stoplight to stoplight.

Will the 2010 Tucson take over the mini CUV sales crown from Honda’s CR-V? No. But it will make buyers think before going the “safe” route. And I’m surely Hyundai will capture their fair share of sales. Good for them.

2010 Hyundai Tucson Gallery

Published on December 6, 2009 in Hyundai

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