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Comparing the Hyundai Tucson Models

There are three different Hyundai Tucson models, all providing something different. We have the GL, the GLS and the LIMITED trim. Today, we will compare each one in order to see exactly whether or not the higher packages are worth the price increase.

The Tucson GL model is the cheapest of them all, starting with a MSRP of just $20,145. The GLS is middle priced at $23,945 and the LIMITED is the most expensive one at $26,495. The GL offers 165 horsepower while the other two offer 176.

Hyundai Tucson Exterior

The GL Hyundai Tucson comes with dual power adjustable mirrors for the rear-view. The other two models include this feature as well but have heated and signaling added to them. As standard, absolutely all Hyundai models include breakaway or foldaway exterior mirror, rear wipers, remote fuel door release, tinted glass, rear window defogger, keyless entry that is operated through the key fob, and a rear spoiler.

As for roof railings, the GLS and LIMITED models have these equipped while all three have the option of upgrading to a roof rack.

Convenience Differences

All the models have many extra features that will aid you to a comfortable driving experience. Standard convenience features that are included in all three models include: interior air filter against dust, particles and pollen, power windows, rear HVAC ducts, trip computer, tilt steering column, tailgate lock/unlock or power deck-lid, map light, 8 cup-holders, delayed courtesy light, lower console storage, tachometer, delayed power retention system, cargo area or rear seat power outlet and door mounted storage.

TucsonInterior automatic night/day or electrochromic mirrors are included in the LIMITED model but only optional on the other two, just as with the universal garage opener.


All models offer the same features when referring to audio. The only difference between them is that the GL model comes with XM satellite radio while the others include regular satellite radio. The most important features that you will love in the audio system of the Hyundai Tucson models are the presence of an MP3/CD player, radio, an iPod auxiliary jack and the perfectly arranged steering wheel volume controls.


The Hyundai Tucson models are all designed to seat 5 people and the only difference between the model choices appear when looking at the cloth seats, which is only included in the GL and the GLS. Some really interesting standard features that have to be mentioned include second row fold-down armrests, second row folding seats, second row split bench seats and front adjustable height seats.


Most people are interested in the warranty that is offered for a brand new car. Hyundai always understood this and is well known in the industry for offering some of the best warranties on the market. Every single Tucson purchased comes with 60 months of warranty or 60 thousand miles, whichever comes first. The power-train coverage is good for 120 months or 100 thousand miles which many competitors fail to offer. Corrosion perforation months covered are 84, with unlimited mileage.

After reviewing each model, I must say there aren’t that many big differences between them. The LIMITED model is definitely the most complete but the GL and the GLS are not far behind which makes me question whether or not the LIMITED is worth the $6k pay bump.