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2008 Hyundai Tucson

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2008 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 2008 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 2008 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 2008

New features include an auxiliary audio input jack, active front head restraints and XM Satellite Radio with three-month free subscription (late availability). Limited trims now come standard with an in-dash six-disc CD changer.

Driving the Tucson

Driving Impressions As long as you don't expect an invigorating experience, the easy-to-drive 2008 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.

2008 Hyundai Tucson Details
Interior

Geared toward single folks more than families, the 2008 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 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 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 (which makes air conditioning standard), cruise control and an upgraded audio unit with an MP3-compatible CD player. The SE and Limited offer four-wheel drive, heated front seats, a power sunroof 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: 20/25 (2WD, manual), 19/25 (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), 17/23 (4WD)

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2008 Hyundai Tucson Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 336 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

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!"

Great vehicle

By on Sunday, May 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great price, fun and easy to drive, comfortable"

Cons: "4WD only to 25 mph, then reverts to FWD"

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

"Great little SUV. The only problem I have with this particular model is that the 4WD is only available up to 25 mph. So, if you slide into a ditch, you can get yourself out of it. Otherwise, the 4WD is useless. However, it is FWD."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Solid body..dependable engine...stable driving..

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 209,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "dependable..steady ride..quiet"

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

"I love this car. In all kinds of weather it gives me a feeling of control on the road. The engine never uses oil and gave me great service and dependability. Roof rack helped me in moving several times during Sandy. Quality leather heated seats and mirrors."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Tuscon 6cyl 4WD

By on Sunday, March 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "very relaible"

Cons: "funky O2 sensor - been replaced about 8 times"

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

"Absolutely love my Tuscon. It has never left me on the side of the road. A few quirky things, but all resolved. Bought on a whim, because I liked it when I drove by. Totally satisfied with the purchase and service. Warranty is hard to beat."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

The Hyundai Tucson 2008

By on Tuesday, March 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This car an amazing car if you are driving to school or even drive an hour or shorter. so like an office job or driving from off campus i would have anyone buy these they are light weight OK on fuel economy and very dedpendable"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Overall Rating

By on Sunday, March 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

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
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "very economical"

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

"I have owned the Tuscon for 3 years. Besides routine maintenance the only repair was the water pump. it has bee a very reliable vehicle"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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