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2007 Hyundai Tucson

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2007 Hyundai Tucson Review

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With the expansion of the Santa Fe into seven-passenger territory, the Tuscan becomes Hyundai's sole competitor in the compact SUV market. Like its big brother, the Tucson is available with either front-wheel or four-wheel drive, making it a capable commuter in snow and rain and an off-road champ in mud or sand. More affordable than a comparably-equipped Honda CR-V or Jeep Compass, the Tucson successfully blends edgy and fun styling with a feature-packed equipment list that includes standard side-curtain airbags and an optional V6 engine. The Tucson's sticker price also includes Hyundai's 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty at no extra cost. And, while the Tucson can't match the Honda CR-V for fit, finish and high resale, it isn't too far off the mark.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like the Tucson if you appreciate a space-efficient design wrapped in a stylish package. Designers have emphasized cargo-carrying convenience, including an easy-to-clean composite cargo floor, tie-downs, grocery hooks and under-the-floor storage. Fuel economy is a big benefit, especially with the 140-horsepower four-cylinder engine.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Like other small SUVs, the Tucson isn't really a contender for serious off-road treks, despite its 7.8-inch ground clearance when equipped with four-wheel drive. Comfortable enough on the road with its soft and easy-riding suspension, the Tucson doesn't feel particularly sporty in regular driving.

What's New for 2007

Trim level designations are changed to GLS, SE and Limited. New optional audio units include MP3-compatible CD players.

Driving the Tucson
Driving Impressions

As long as you don't expect an invigorating experience, the easy-to-drive Tucson delivers satisfying levels of ride, comfort and performance. Pavement transitions and larger bumps or holes might toss the...

... passengers around somewhat, but on the whole the ride is smooth, even on roads not fully paved.

Handling is similar to any small-size SUV, if perhaps less sporty-feeling than, say, a Ford Escape or Mazda Tribute. Visibility is generally good, helped by lengthy rear-door glass, though wide rear pillars impair the view slightly. Tire noise occurs on some surfaces, but on the whole the Tucson is impressively quiet.

Four-Wheel-Drive Availability
Always a sensible choice in the snowbelt, the Tuscon's Electronic InterActive Torque Management four-wheel-drive system normally sends 99 percent of engine torque to the front wheels, but can transmit what's needed to the wheels that have the most traction. A dashboard lock button provides a 50/50 torque split when needed for specific terrain, such as off-road use or extremely slippery situations.

Safety Features
Six airbags and electronic stability control aren't yet common in this price class, especially when they're included as standard equipment.

2007 Hyundai Tucson Details
2007 Hyundai Tucson photo Interior

Geared toward single folks more than families, the Tucson has plenty of head and elbow space up front, as well as supportive and reasonably comfortable seats. Rear space is a bit smaller than average for this class, but helpful features make up for some of the loss. The rear seat folds flat in a single motion, without having to remove the cushion, backrest or headrests. A folding front passenger seat provides extra space as well. On the distinctive dashboard, a large hood sits above the gauge cluster. The automatic transmission's shift lever is on the lower dashboard, and the sizable glovebox is within easy reach.

Exterior
2007 Hyundai Tucson photo

Built on a heavily-modified Elantra sedan platform, the Tucson features a fully-independent suspension that helps yield a satisfying ride. Unlike the original Santa Fe, which tended to produce a love-it or hate-it reaction, the Tucson is more conventional in appearance, styled largely like other small-scale SUVs. The Tucson also features a number of standard safety features, including Electronic Stability Control and traction control. Despite a kinship to the Kia Sportage, the two models don't look all that much alike.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The GLS trim version includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, remote keyless entry, power locks, windows and mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, Electronic Stability Control, tilt steering column, heated mirrors and alloy wheels. The Tucson SE adds a V6 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, body side cladding, fog lamps, cruise control and air conditioning. Heated leather front seats and automatic climate control go into the Limited model. The V6 is available with a four-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission only, but the four-cylinder can be matched with either a five-speed manual or an automatic.

Optional Equipment

Because of its abundant standard equipment, options are few on the Tucson. The GLS offers air conditioning, an automatic transmission, cruise control, four-wheel drive and an upgraded audio unit with an MP3-compatible CD player. The SE and Limited offer heated front seats, a power sunroof, the upgraded audio system and a windshield wiper de-icer.

Under the Hood

The base four-cylinder engine offers economy of purchase and of operation. It's certainly not fast, but it has plenty of performance to deal with traffic and can get up to highway cruising speed at a nimble rate, and for many people that's fast enough. The V6 engine has slightly less fuel economy but doesn't seem to deliver an exceptionally higher level of performance in the bargain. And there is no five-speed manual available with the V6, either.

2.0-liter in-line 4
140 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
136 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 (2WD manual), 22/27 (2WD automatic) 22/26 (4WD manual)

2.7-liter V6
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
178 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 (2WD), 19/24 (4WD)

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2007 Hyundai Tucson Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 348 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

After 9 years and 240,000 miles another Hyundai?

By on Monday, May 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 236,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "cargo capacity, engine and trans reliability"

Cons: "finish of Interior materials, radio/cd/cass player"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The 2007 Tucson 2.0 base FWD model is my 1st and only SUV.Being hard pressed for wheels,I went to the nearest dealer;Hyundai.I purchased it without any research or test drive of any SUV.In all I am very satisfied with it.It has never let me down.I trailered bikes,hauled a fridge,safe,scrap metal.But it has inconvenienced me with: oil change access,radio replacements,power window failures(could have been caused by my dogs),a cloth center console armrest,flaking steering wheel,hole in the door armrest caused by my resting elbow.Maintenance was normal:timing belt,alternator,water pump,oil seals,spark plugs & wires and the original working starter a month ago.Oil changes every 3,333 miles(easier to track).Next SUV?Tucson?CX5? Forrester?This time convenience/safety and reliability will count.A hard choice to make when I get to 300,000!"

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love this car - would buy another!

By on Thursday, April 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I initially bought a Tuscon because it was affordable and it had a great warranty. 185,000 miles later this car is still going strong and all I have had to do is routine maintenance! This is a great little car and I am going to drive it until the wheels fall off. I may even buy another one for my next vehicle. Would recommend it to anyone."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

This is my favorite car ever!

By on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,462

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "well priced, love driving it, grandson likes it"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I really love driving this car. It handles well, even in the harsh Maine winters. My whole family fits in it so that's good too. It is 8 years old and all I have had done is regular maintenance and new tires for regular driving and winter driving. Our black lab loves it too. I am female 5'3" and really it's very comfortable to drive and I can actually adjust the seats to my liking and reach all the pedals as well. Yeah!"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

very surprised with terrible suspension troubles

By on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,252

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "it's a great little car and quite a bit of seating"

Cons: "terrible gas mpg on hwy 22"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I have only heard great things about Hyundai. Bought it 2 years ago used so I expected some maintenance. Still owe $5,500 and have put $3,000 into car between alternator, all plugs, wires, all struts, sway bar links, both crossbars. The whole suspension has caused me trouble and I don't get it. I'll never buy again. I've had GMC and Chevy and never had to replace any of these things at 180,000"

16 people out of 23 found this review helpful

will never buy another hyundai

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "cheaper than competitors"

Cons: "poor build quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I've owned my car for over 9 years. I have not had any major issues but all the little issues are driving me crazy. The first thing that broke was the ESC in the second year I owned the car. It was fixed under warrenty. Then my CD player broke. It was also replaced under warranty. then 13 months later the new CD player broke and they would not replace it because replacement parts are only under warranty for a year. In year 4 my driver side door handle broke. they would not fix it cuz the bumper to bumper warranty expired. A year later my passenger door handle broke in the exact same way. If current owners look close at their door handles i'm sure most of them will see that the handle is pulling away from the body of the car- aka broken. The left turn signal sticks when it is hot, the motor that switches the vents is broken so I'm stuck in window defrost mode, the shocks to the rear window no longer hold the window up, and a sensor in my seat belt is bad and causes my air bag warning light to be on constantly. Now I know why this car was a few thousand dollars cheaper than its competitors."

16 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Won´t buy another one!

By on Sunday, August 2, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Cute styling"

Cons: "Engine should be designed to shut down when hot."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bought this car from a Laredo dealership years ago and have lived to regret it. Had low miles only 44k but has broken down twice. I take good care of my cars. Had cars older and more miles without breakdowns. Constant trouble now trading it in for a newer car. Never get a Hyundai again! Paint scratches too easily and no warning with engine trouble. Parts more expensive because not widely available, especially if living in Mexico."

17 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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