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2009 Hyundai Tucson

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2009 Hyundai Tucson Review

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With the expansion of the Santa Fe into seven-passenger territory, the Tuscon becomes Hyundai's sole competitor in the compact SUV market. Like its big brother, the 2009 Hyundai 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 2009 Hyundai 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 2009

Cosmetic improvements include a bolder grille design and new 16-inch alloy wheels, while a new 200-watt Kenwood navigation/audio unit is made available. The SE 4WD model receives standard heated seats and windshield wiper de-icer, while the Limited V6 models receive a standard power glass sunroof.

Driving the Tucson

Driving Impressions As long as you don't expect an invigorating experience, the easy-to-drive 2009 Hyundai 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 overall 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.

Hyundai Warranty and Roadside Assistance
As if Hyundai's comprehensive five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty coverage isn't impressive enough, throw in 24-hour roadside assistance for five years at no extra charge.

2009 Hyundai Tucson Details
2009 Hyundai Tucson photo Interior

Geared toward single folks more than families, the 2009 Hyundai 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

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, XM Satellite Radio, auxiliary input jack 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, a power sunroof, a six-disc CD changer and automatic climate control go into the Limited model. The V6 is available with a four-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission only, but on GLS two-wheel drive models, 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 and an upgraded Kenwood navigation/audio unit with an MP3-compatible CD player. The SE and Limited offer four-wheel drive, heated front seats, a power sunroof (Limited) and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity.

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: 20/26 (2WD, manual), 20/25 (2WD, automatic)

2.7-liter V6
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
178 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 (2WD), 18/23 (4WD)

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2009 Hyundai Tucson Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 341 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Won´t buy another one!

By on Sunday, August 02, 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."

Love my Tuscon

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Price, comfortable, easy & fun drive, safe"

Cons: "4 Cylinder = not much power."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This was the first New car I ever purchased. I've owned it for 10 years and it has never let me down. My only complaint was the lack of power... Although she got me thru some pretty tough winters in Northern NY. We will be selling it soon to some lucky person since our family has grown and it no longer fits us comfortably."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I love my car!

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,000

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: "Just everything!"

Cons: "None"

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

"First time I saw a Tucson on the road, I said to myself " that is the SUV perfect for me". The time came to get a new car, I acquired a 2006. I could have not made a better decision. Not big, not small at all, handles beautiful, comfortable seats, leg room is better than most. Normal maintenance, no big issues. I feel very safe when driving my Tucson in any weather conditions. So far is 123,000 miles and runs beautiful. I hope to be able to keep it for a very long time. This car "owes me nothing"!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Yohannes

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I owned this car basically the car is great however the driving wheel is really bad, if you do not use some kind of cover the material for driving whell will break up by its own, that is really bad the rest of the car is not bad, I drove this car for almost 10 years no measure issue now planning to sale it and buy another one"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Hyundai extended warranty to 100,000 miles

By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

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: "Great price, nice suv."

Cons: "None"

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

"One of the nicest and most reliable cars I have ever driven. Besides the hatch opening, can also open just the back window to retrieve package or insert one. A fun car to drive."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

best ever

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great vehicle"

Cons: "i have no cons"

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

"This is a great suv. Compact in a great way. Drives great. Handles the road and highways great. I can haul, pull things great to, go camping with the family ect. All in all a great vehicle period!"

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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