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A Closer Look at the 2012 Hyundai Tucson

For the 2012 Hyundai Tucson model, the manufacturer changed many different aspects to the vehicle. Their two main focuses were to redesign the exterior and improve fuel efficiency. To do this, Hyundai included better standard low-rolling resistance tires, implemented an active ECO system and even upgraded the suspension options. Thanks to these additions, we are given a better quality ride with even higher miles per gallon.

2012 Hyundai Tucson Review

The Tucson is a crossover compact SUV that provides ample seating for 5 people. There are three trim levels that you can choose from: GL, LIMITED and GLS. The GL is the base model that includes 17 inch steel wheels, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, tilt-only steering wheel, key-less entry, a great audio system, connectivity for iPods and USB MP3 players and a whole lot more.

The 2012 GLS has 17 inch alloy wheels, roof rails, upgraded suspensions, heated side mirrors, cruise control, leather upholstery, steering wheel controls for the audio system, Bluetooth and an upgraded trim.

Hyundai Tucson 2012Lastly, the LIMITED trim is the 2012 Hyundai Tucson model that has the most features. Some of the most popular features are the 18 inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, automatic climate control, heated front seats, auto-dimming mirror and cargo cover.

You also have the possibility of opting for a Premium package that includes a navigation system, panoramic sunroof, 7-speaker upgraded audio system and a useful rear-view camera. A lot of upgrades from the 2011 model as you can tell.

Performance and Powertrains

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson offers interested buyers an option between 2 engine choices. The entry level comes with a 2.0 L 4 cylinder engine capable of 165 hp. It includes a 5 speed manual transmission combined with front wheel drive. You can also opt for the 6 speed automatic gearbox if that is what you want. The second engine option is a 2.4 L 4 cylinder model that offers 176 hp. The GLS all wheel drive option reaches 60 miles per hour in just a little over 9.5 seconds. It is a little slow but it is quite the same as competitive models.

As for safety, there are many different standard features that are included in the 2012 Hyundai Tucson. You get anti-lock disk brakes, active head restraints for front passengers, side curtain airbags, front side airbags, traction control and control for hill driving situations. During special safety tests, the car received 4 out of 5 stars for overall protection. 5 stars were given for side impact and 4 stars for front impact.

Driving Impressions

This is definitely one of the most important parts of the car. People looking to purchase this car want to make sure it is a comfortable and smooth ride, and it is exactly that. As opposed to the really common compact crossover utilitarian experience that is present at the moment, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson does manage to bring enjoyment and excitement while driving. It handles turns and highways really well and the electric power steering is surprisingly useful. The suspension is a lot better than the 2011 Tucson but it is still a little firm for some people’s tastes.

One negative aspect that might be really important to you is brought up by the 2.0 L engine. It is under-powered. You do not gain any advantage to using it except the low price. When compared with the 2.4 L option, it falls as having less strength in acceleration and quite the same economy for fuel. The 2.4 engine is recommended, even if it is a little noisier than what the competition has to offer. Even so, it is more than enough to offer a really good driving experience.