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2012 Hyundai Tucson

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2012 Hyundai Tucson Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.8

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson competes in the crowded compact SUV segment that includes such well-established nameplates as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4. Available in both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD), the Hyundai Tucson distinguishes itself with eye-catching style and value. For 2012, the Tucson secured the #2 spot on Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards list in the "Best Compact SUV" category, besting the stalwart CR-V and RAV4. The battleground heats up in 2012 as the Tucson faces fully-redesigned segment sales leaders Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, and the introduction of the all-new Mazda CX-5.

You'll Like This Car If...

The sculpted exterior of the 2012 Hyundai Tucson's design looks fresh and stands out among its boxy competitors. All Tucsons come well-equipped, so there is no confusing options list. Hyundai's legendary 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage beats the competition and gives you additional peace of mind.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2012 Tucson's sloping roofline and small rear windows compromise visibility and reduce rear cargo capacity. If you need a third row seat to carry seven passengers, consider the Toyota RAV4. If you want a V6 engine, look at the Ford Escape or RAV4. Navigation and a rearview camera are available only on the high-end Limited trim.

What's New for 2012

For 2012, the Tucson receives a larger gas tank to extend your driving range.

Driving the Tucson

Driving Impressions You'll feel confident driving the 2012 Hyundai Tucson with its secure and responsive handling. The Tucson's maneuverability in parking lots and tight spaces is a big plus. Acceleration from the...

170-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is on par with the RAV4s, Escapes and Chevy Equinoxes in its class. The responsive 6-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. The engine revs rather loudly when accelerating to freeway speeds or when passing other vehicles making it difficult to hear passenger conversations. The Hyundai's ride is a bit stiff and nervous so you feel even the small bumps, and, unfortunately, the little SUV's handling doesn't pay this off. Use extra caution when changing lanes as rear visibility is hampered by the Tucson's sloping roofline and small rear windows.

Value For The Money
Hyundai continues its "value-pricing" philosophy with the 2012 Hyundai Tucson, offering well-equipped vehicles for less money than the competition, as well as an ability to maintain its value over time.

Exterior Design
The 2012 Tucson's sculpted exterior shape still looks fresh after three years on the market and stands out among the crowd.

2012 Hyundai Tucson Details
Interior

Five passengers will find convenient access to the Tucson with its wide doors and low floor height. The dashboard and interior panels, although mainly hard plastic, are nicely textured. The controls are within easy reach, feel substantial - the beveled window switches are especially nice – and operate smoothly. Drivers will appreciate nicely shaped (and almost supportive) 6-way adjustable seat (8-way power in the Limited). Second-row passengers may feel a bit claustrophobic due to the low seat cushion height, sloping roof, and high beltline. The 60/40-split seatbacks do not recline and may be too erect for some passengers. Foot room, however, is abundant due to the nearly flat floor in the rear.

Exterior
2012 Hyundai Tucson photo

What distinguishes the 2012 Hyundai Tucson from the competition is its European sculpted styling. Although the Tucson is a utility vehicle, its shape is not boxy, but rather fresh and athletic. Up front, the Hyundai SUV sports a sculpted hood, aggressive 2-tier grille, and wrap-around headlights. From the side, the vehicle's aerodynamic shape includes a steeply raked windshield and sloping roofline with rear spoiler. On GLS and Limited models, the silver roof rails do double duty: They help accentuate the flowing lines of the vehicle and also carry cargo. Like most vehicles in this category, a large 1-piece rear liftgate allows easy access to the cargo area.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All 2012 Hyundai Tucsons come well-equipped. The base Tucson GL has standard air conditioning, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, three 12-volt outlets for all your electronics, trip computer, iPod/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks. Moving up to the GLS adds a larger 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with slightly more power, a 6-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, and silver roof rails. The GLS also adds heated mirrors, cruise control, heated front seats (AWD), and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio, cruise control, and Bluetooth hands-free phone controls. The top-of-the-line Limited brings 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seating, power 8-way driver seat with power lumbar support, heated front seats, automatic dual temperature controls, automatic headlights, and front fog lights. All Tucsons have a safety/security roster that includes six airbags, stability and traction control, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, downhill brake control, and hill-start assist.

Optional Equipment

Few options are available as all Hyundai Tucsons come generously equipped. An automatic transmission is $1,000 on the base GL trim. All-wheel drive is an option on the GLS ($1,650) and Limited ($1,500) models, providing extra security on wet roads. The Tucson SUV, however, is not meant for serious off-roading. The $2,850 Premium Package on the high-line Limited includes a panoramic sunroof, navigation system, rearview camera, and premium audio system for the driver who wants it all.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson offers two 4-cylinder engine choices: a 165-hp 2.0-liter in the base GL and a 176-hp (for ULEV states), 170-hp (for PZEV states) 2.4-liter on the mid-level GLS and top-level Limited models. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on the GL, while a 6-speed automatic is standard on the GLS and Limited. Drivers can opt for all-wheel drive on the Tucson GLS or Limited.

Hyundai Tucson GL

2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder
165 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
146 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg (manual transmission), 22/29 mpg (automatic)

Hyundai Tucson GLS, Limited

2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder

ULEV:
176 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
168 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm

PZEV:
170 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
163 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg (FWD), 20/27 mpg (AWD)

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2012 Hyundai Tucson Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 126 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    7.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

My favorite car so far

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great in snow, tons of cargo room in back"

Cons: "so-so gas mileage, bumpy ride"

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

"This is the perfect car when you need room for four passengers and the ability to haul things (the back seat folds down flat). Gas mileage is not great (mid 20s with the AWD) and it rides a bit rough, but overall this has been a great car for me. I didn't want a monster SUV and couldn't afford a luxury one, so the Tucson is the perfect size and price. Has been very reliable--no mechanical issues at all, just general maintenance. (knock on wood) Zips around town and has good power to merge/pass on the interstate."

Extremely satisfied until last week

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable and comfortable to drive"

Cons: "Radio stopped working after 4 years"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"i have been very happy with my Tucson until the radio stopped working, which also means no Bluetooth. The dealer said not covered under warranty and only replaces and wanted to charge $1000. Took the car to an electronics place who said the motherboard was fried. How can that happen in a car that is 4 years old? It will cost $400 to replace and 2 weeks to wait for the part. I have no choice since I planned to keep the car for a long time. Crossing fingers nothing else goes wrong."

Blah

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"Car has lots of blinds spots. I had an explorer - and it was great but I wanted better mileage - but this car has horrible blind spots. I always feel like I am one lane change away from a crash - I have been driving it for 2 years and it hasn't gotten better as I have gotten used to the car. The eco function is a joke I get better mileage when I don't use it. When you do use it - what you get is really really poor acceleration. The brake system is grabby - you get nothing unless you really get on them - then they grab - and the car has preformed like this since I got it - over all it's just a cheaply made car. I can't wait to get something else."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

2015 Shakes with no fix from Hyundai

By on Monday, July 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "Shacking when idle"

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

"Test drove, did research and loved this suv. After we purchased it started shaking. As of right now I am not happy because there is no fix. Writing a letter the Hyundai in hopes of something."

12 people out of 26 found this review helpful

5 years and no problems!

By on Saturday, June 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"One of the best cars I have owned, I was nervous about purchasing a non-US brand, as I had been a GM owner for over 30 years, but have no regrets. Great value for the price as compared to US Brands."

12 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Reliability is key, comfort could use improvement

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,200

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable"

Cons: "Driver seat comfort; cabin noise; fuel economy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I got my GLS in June 2010, so it's 5 y/o now & just broke 47k miles...yeah, I don't do cross-country journeys. I'll have it paid off this time next year, IF I don't trade it in for perhaps a Mazda CX-5. Anywho, overall, it's been sound/reliable. IMHO, these features, in order of priority, could use improvements: driver seat comfort; cabin noise; fuel economy. I don't mind being stuck in traffic as long as the seat is comfortable; no lumbar support in this one...only in the Limited trim. The specs on the 2015 trims show better fuel economy, but I'm still curious about the cabin noise."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

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