2008 Hyundai Tucson Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$17,235-$24,770
$16,709-$23,410
18 /CITY / 24 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • Standard active front head restraints

  • Standard XM satellite radio with three months of service

  • Auxiliary input jack

  • Black leather replaces grey leather

  • Six-disc CD changer now standard on Limited
Overview
Like many crossover SUVs, the Tucson from Hyundai-which is mechanically similar to the Kia Sportage-is constructed like a car with a transverse- (sideways) mounted engine and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD). For 2008, the Tucson receives minor enhancements, most of which relate to the standard audio system.

Model Lineup
Hyundai offers the 2008 Tucson in GLS, SE and Limited trim levels. The Tucson GLS, which features a 4-cylinder engine, comes with power windows, locks and mirrors; 16-inch alloy wheels; and a CD stereo with XM satellite radio. Air conditioning and cruise control are optional. The Tucson SE gets a V-6 engine with automatic transmission; fog lights; leather-wrapped steering wheel; air conditioning; cruise control; 140-watt stereo; and a trip computer. Options include a sunroof and heated front seats. The top-of-the-line Tucson Limited adds leather seats; 200-watt stereo with 6-disc CD changer; automatic climate control; and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A sunroof is optional.

Powertrain
The 2008 Hyundai GLS models are powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing that produces 140 hp at 6000 rpm and 136 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm, and drives the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy estimates are 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the manual, 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the automatic. SE and Limited models come with a 2.7-liter V-6 engine good for 173 hp at 6000 rpm and 178 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm, a 4-speed automatic transmission and choice of FWD or AWD. EPA fuel economy estimates are 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway in FWD form, 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway for AWD.

Safety
Standard safety equipment on the 2008 Hyundai Tucson includes front air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, 2-row side curtain air bags, a tire-pressure-monitoring system, active front head restraints, and electronic stability control. The Tucson scored a perfect 5 stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) front- and side-impact tests; the rollover rating was 4 stars. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) front and side crash tests, the Tucson scored \"Acceptable,\" the second-highest rating.

Technology
The 2008 Hyundai Tucson's new active front head restraints work in a rear-end collision to better protect against whiplash, maker says. The active front head restraint is a spring-loaded mechanical device, and therefore does not rely on the vehicle's electrical system. Sudden pressure on the upper part of the seatback-as would occur if the vehicle were rear-ended-trips the device, causing the head restraints to spring forward to position closer to the occupant's head, reducing backward head movement and thus the likelihood of a whiplash injury, Hyundai adds.

What Changed for 2008:

  • Standard active front head restraints

  • Standard XM satellite radio with three months of service

  • Auxiliary input jack

  • Black leather replaces grey leather

  • Six-disc CD changer now standard on Limited
Overview
Like many crossover SUVs, the Tucson from Hyundai-which is mechanically similar to the Kia Sportage-is constructed like a car with a transverse- (sideways) mounted engine and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD). For 2008, the Tucson receives minor enhancements, most of which relate to the standard audio system.

Model Lineup
Hyundai offers the 2008 Tucson in GLS, SE and Limited trim levels. The Tucson GLS, which features a 4-cylinder engine, comes with power windows, locks and mirrors; 16-inch alloy wheels; and a CD stereo with XM satellite radio. Air conditioning and cruise control are optional. The Tucson SE gets a V-6 engine with automatic transmission; fog lights; leather-wrapped steering wheel; air conditioning; cruise control; 140-watt stereo; and a trip computer. Options include a sunroof and heated front seats. The top-of-the-line Tucson Limited adds leather seats; 200-watt stereo with 6-disc CD changer; automatic climate control; and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A sunroof is optional.

Powertrain
The 2008 Hyundai GLS models are powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing that produces 140 hp at 6000 rpm and 136 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm, and drives the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy estimates are 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the manual, 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the automatic. SE and Limited models come with a 2.7-liter V-6 engine good for 173 hp at 6000 rpm and 178 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm, a 4-speed automatic transmission and choice of FWD or AWD. EPA fuel economy estimates are 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway in FWD form, 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway for AWD.

Safety
Standard safety equipment on the 2008 Hyundai Tucson includes front air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, 2-row side curtain air bags, a tire-pressure-monitoring system, active front head restraints, and electronic stability control. The Tucson scored a perfect 5 stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) front- and side-impact tests; the rollover rating was 4 stars. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) front and side crash tests, the Tucson scored \"Acceptable,\" the second-highest rating.

Technology
The 2008 Hyundai Tucson's new active front head restraints work in a rear-end collision to better protect against whiplash, maker says. The active front head restraint is a spring-loaded mechanical device, and therefore does not rely on the vehicle's electrical system. Sudden pressure on the upper part of the seatback-as would occur if the vehicle were rear-ended-trips the device, causing the head restraints to spring forward to position closer to the occupant's head, reducing backward head movement and thus the likelihood of a whiplash injury, Hyundai adds.
Available Trims for the 2008 Hyundai Tucson
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name GLS (FWD 4dr I4 Man *Ltd Avail*) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 17235.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name GLS (FWD 4dr I4 Auto *Ltd Avail*) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 19335.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 19/25
Name SE (FWD 4dr V6 Auto *Ltd Avail*) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 21035.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 18/24
Name Limited (FWD 4dr V6 Auto *Ltd Avail*) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22885.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 18/24
Name SE (4WD 4dr V6 Auto *Ltd Avail*) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22735.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 17/23
Name Limited (4WD 4dr V6 Auto *Ltd Avail*) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24585.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 17/23
Name GLS (FWD 4dr I4 Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 17420.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name GLS (FWD 4dr I4 Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 19520.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 19/25
Name SE (FWD 4dr V6 Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 21270.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 18/24
Name Limited (FWD 4dr I4 Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22220.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 19/25
Name Limited (FWD 4dr V6 Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23070.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 18/24
Name SE (4WD 4dr V6 Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22970.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 17/23
Name Limited (4WD 4dr V6 Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24770.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 17/23
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INTERIOR
  • Cloth front bucket seats-inc: 8-way adjustable driver seat, fold-flat passenger seat, active head restraints, adjustable driver lumbar support
  • Rear 60/40 split-folding seat-inc: fold-flat seatbacks
  • Front console-inc: adjustable height armrest, 2-tier storage, (2) cup holders
  • Rear center armrest w/(2) cup holders
  • Deluxe cut-pile carpeting
  • 4-spoke tilt steering wheel
  • Instrumentation-inc: tachometer, coolant temp
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Warning lights-inc: oil pressure, battery, brake, door/liftgate/flip-up glass ajar, check engine
  • Pwr windows-inc: illuminated switches, driver auto-down, lockout
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry system w/alarm
  • Hood/fuel filler door remote release
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Digital clock
  • Lockable/dividable glove box
  • Pwr outlets-inc: (1) dash, (1) cargo, (1) rear center console
  • Overhead console w/sunglass storage
  • Driver/front passenger extendable sunvisors w/vanity mirrors, ticket holders
  • (3) assist grips
  • Lighting-inc: dome w/delay off, (2) map lights in overhead console, glove box, (2) cargo
  • Seatback pockets
  • (2) coat hooks
  • Underfloor cargo storage tray
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Deluxe cloth front bucket seats-inc: 8-way adjustable driver seat, fold-flat passenger seat, active head restraints, adjustable driver lumbar support
  • Leather wrapped 4-spoke tilt steering wheel
  • Instrumentation-inc: tachometer, coolant temp, trip computer
  • AM/FM stereo w/cassette/CD/MP3 player-inc: (6) speakers
  • Metal grain interior trim
  • Driver/front passenger extendable sunvisors w/illuminated vanity mirrors, ticket holders
  • Lighting-inc: dome w/delay off, (2) map lights in overhead console, glove box, (2) cargo, illuminated ignition, door courtesy
  • Leather wrapped gear shift lever
  • Leather heated front bucket seats-inc: 8-way adjustable driver seat, fold-flat passenger seat, active head restraints, adjustable driver lumbar support
  • Outside temp display
  • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 changer-inc: (6) speakers, subwoofer
  • Automatic temp control w/air quality system
  • Leatherette door trim
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror w/compass
  • Cargo screen
  • Carpeted rear cargo mat
  • AM/FM/XM stereo w/CD/MP3 player-inc: (6) speakers, auxiliary input jack
  • AM/FM/XM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 changer-inc: (6) speakers, auxiliary input jack, subwoofer
EXTERIOR
  • Roof rack side rails
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Black grille w/chrome accents
  • Black pwr heated mirrors
  • Tinted glass w/sunshade band
  • Privacy glass B-pillar rearward
  • Variable intermittent front windshield wipers w/washer
  • Flip open rear glass
  • Intermittent rear wiper w/washer
  • Dark gray bumpers
  • Gray lower body-side cladding
  • Fog lamps
  • Body-color pwr heated mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • Chrome rear garnish
  • Monochromatic appearance pkg
  • Body-color lower body-side cladding
  • Windshield wiper deicer
MECHANICAL
  • 2.0L DOHC MPI CVVT 16-valve I4 engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Clutch lock
  • Traction control system (TCS) w/electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P215/65R16 all-season tires
  • 16" 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels
  • Compact spare tire
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Front vented/rear solid disc brakes
  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD), brake assist
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/OD, Shiftronic
  • Shift interlock system
  • 2.7L DOHC MPI 24-valve V6 engine
  • P235/60R16 all-season tires
  • 16" 5 double-spoke aluminum alloy wheels
  • Chrome dual exhaust
  • Electronic 4-wheel drive system
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD), brake assist
    • Dual advanced front air bags
    • Front seat-mounted side-impact air bags
    • Front/rear roof-mounted side curtain air bags
    • 3-point ELR front seatbelts-inc: adjustable front shoulder belt anchors, pretensioners, force limiters
    • 3-point rear seatbelts
    • Child-proof rear door locks
    • (2) rear outboard lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) system
    • Clutch lock
    • Traction control system (TCS) w/electronic stability control (ESC)
    • Energy-absorbing steering column
    • Body-side reinforcements
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • Hood buckling creases/safety stops
    • Shift interlock system
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