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Hyundai Tucson Handling and Fuel Efficiency

It is nice to see that the performance of the new Tucson has been receiving tons of praise from car critics. Hyundai wanted to make huge changes in order to improve what was an already efficient SUV and take it one step further.

The first thing Hyundai focused changes on this off-season was fuel efficiency. Upgrading the MPG from last year was a priority as it can be a huge selling point in today’s dwindling economy and high gas prices era. There are also two engine options available and both of them deliver exactly what you need; economy and power, without compromising on any aspects.

Hyundai Tucson Performance

The highest performance levels you can reach with the new Hyundai Tucson occurs when you choose the 2.4 L engine in a four wheel drive mode. You can enjoy the driving experience in the city, on the freeway and even when faced with rougher terrains as well. This is definitely impressive as some of the competition doesn’t even bother to achieve this.

Shiftronic: The Hyundai Tucson comes with a 6 speed automatic gearbox that offers you exactly what a lot of people desire. You have the automatic option that is useful in a city setting and the SHIFTRONIC manual clutch-less handle for when you want complete control over your car. This is really useful as you can simply let the car change the gears alone when cruising. Of course, there’s also the option to shift to manual control too.

Fuel Efficiency: On the highway, you will get 31 miles per gallon with the 4 cylinder 2.0 L engine and the alternative 2.4 L will give you 32 miles per gallon. This second engine is featured in the LIMITED and GLS models and offers 176 horsepower. There is an overdrive lock-up that is activated on torque which enhances fuel economy while also bringing in efficient highway cruising.

Tucson EngineTo make everything even better, the included on-board Active ECO System will actually modify transmission and engine control in order to receive an extra 7% fuel economy while driving. In the manual transmission mode, the ECO Gear Shift Indicator will detect the proper time to change the gear which maximizes fuel efficiency by minimizing over-revving.

AWD: This is a system that will activate based on certain driving conditions. The AWD system works with Intelligent Torque Controlled Coupling in order to adjust the torque distribution between rear and front wheels which immediately provides better mileage and handling. Because of this, the Tucson performs really well on snow and mud, especially when equipped with the 18 inch tires that are standard in the LIMITED model.


  • Smooth ride
  • The two-wheel drive mode is especially smooth and only has minimal noise
  • The manual mode is very responsive on rougher terrains
  • Better engines than previous models
  • Proper sound insulation with reasonable noise levels in regular driving situations
  • Very good handling


  • Steering is a little off with noticeable body roll while cornering
  • Lower quality suspension when compared with the competition. You will easily notice this while driving over potholes
  • The all-wheel drive suspension version has a suspension that is stiffer
  • Heavy steering at low speeds
  • Noise when accelerating hard with the 2.4 L engine

There is absolutely no denying the fact that the performance of the new Hyundai Tucson is not as strong as some of the other SUVs in its’ class, but it is powerful enough for most drivers. Car critics have appreciated the handling of this vehicle during both city and highway driving and has allowed the Tucson to receive an above average performance rating for its segment.