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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 139 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    7.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Not a dependable vehicle

By on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Pretty"

Cons: "POOR Quality"

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

"This vehicle was ok in the beginning but then things started to go wrong. The first was just annoying and the dealer wouldn't fix it was the radio. It draws the power out now and it won't start in the mornings. It only has 75k on it, pretty disappointed a little issue can't be fixed easily. The other issue is the shocks are going out, really? You would think they would use better quality in their vehicle or at least provide better customer service. The quality of the vehicle is the last thing I want to mention because you realize the longer you own this vehicle the cheaper it is made."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

This car has the worse shocks. reported to dealer

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "THE ALL WHEEL DRIVE WAS GREAT"

Cons: "THEY NEED BETTER SHOCKS"

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

"As I reporded to the dealer which was a waste of time , They did nothing, I will never buy this kind of car again. (TUCSON)"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Very unhappy with HYUNDAI TUCSON

By on Friday, November 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "NO POSITIVE COMMENTS"

Cons: "The cons are above in complete review area"

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

"I have never disliked a car that I purchased until now. Because I wanted to pay cash the dealer advised me that if I financed the car they could get me a better deal. I paid cash anyway so I got a bad deal. The side view mirrors in this car has many blind spots especially when making a left turn on to a four Lane traffic two lanes going in the opposite directions you have to make a wide turn because you can not see the car in the left lane the mirror blocks it and if you have to lanes turning left you are going to be in the second car lane and then you can not see that car with the side mirror passenger side either way this vehicle is going to cause me to have a accident that is going to be my fault if I am not killed the light in the cargo area is so dim that at night you have to use a flash light to make sure you have gotten everything out. I bought this 2015 Tucson 7 months ago and trying to sale it with only 1200 miles on this car I am afraid to drive it. There are other things I do not like but I am sure there isn't enough space."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned and I'm 70 years old.

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

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 value and you can't beat the ext warranty."

Cons: "Towing capacity."

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

"The workmanship is fantastic. Fuel economy averages around 27mpg in ECONOMY mode (I've never used the REGULAR mode.). I bought this model because I did not want the sunroof, leather seats or navigation system. It is our "Sunday Driver" as we also own an older Chevy Cobalt that we use as a "Daily Driver"."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Great cost benefit ratio

By on Saturday, September 19, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Cost benefit, reliable"

Cons: "Weak air conditioning, driver's seat uncomfortable"

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

"Surprisingly good cost benefit ratio car. 60;000 miles without major expenses; only the regular maintenance like oil, gas, tires, breake."

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Loving it for now

By on Friday, September 18, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Smooth Looks"

Cons: "Rough Ride"

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

"I have been driving this car for about a year and a half now, and I love it. It is by no means the most amazing car out there, but it is a great value, and it was a good first after-college car. My main complaint is that it's not always the smoothest ride. Though the steering and breaks are on point, the car does not ride well over anything rough, such as minor pot holes, bumps in the road, and even gravel. I will probably trade in my car before I hit 100,000 miles, rather that try to keep it for as long as possible."

2 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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