Hyundai Tucson Canada
The Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover SUV manufactured by Hyundai Motors since 2005 to compete directly with the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape and Honda CRV. The Tucson was the second SUV manufactured by Hyundai after seeing positive results with the launch of the Hyundai Santa Fe in 2001 which was a hit with Canadian buyers. The Tucson SUV is based on the Elantra platform sharing the common practice of using a car platform with CUVs (crossover utility vehicle) much like Toyota did by using the Camry platform with the Toyota Highlander. The Tucson performs well with a lower riding platform which eliminates the rough and bumpy shocks seen in larger trucks.
The Hyundai Tucson in Canada is powered by a standard 2.0L Beta engine which is shared by the Kia Sportage, with an optional V6 2.7L DOHC Delta engine with 173HP which Hyundai also uses in the fully loaded Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai Tiburon. The 2006 Tucson was named the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Crossover, it was also on the list of most reliable crossovers in the 2009 Consumer Reports. The 2006-2007 Tucson received some minor exterior changes, with a few more colour options added to the lineup and optional heated seats.
The second generation Tucson arrived to Canada in 2010 with a fully upgraded exterior design, the new Tucson concept was drawn up by Thomas Buerkle who worked at BMW before joining Hyundai's European design team in Germany. Hyundai made an effort in improving the fuel efficiency to the newer Tucson without compromising power, it upgraded the 2.0L engine and added a 2.4L Theta engine which it shares with the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Sorento. Besides the obvious new exterior design the 2009 Tucson interior was upgraded to compete with the premium SUV market adding GPS navigation, steering mounted controls and Bluetooth with an affordable price tag. In Canada we have three trim packages a standard Tucson GL with front-wheel drive, while the GLS and fully loaded Tucson Limited are available in all-wheel drive. Both engine options share Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) with 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with SHIFTRONIC, 4-wheel disc brakes and 17-inch rims. While the fully loaded Limited AWD Tucson adds 18 inch aluminum rims, sunroof, heated leather seats and 6.5 inch high-resolution touch screen GPS navigation system.