2015 Hyundai Tucson

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What's New for 2015:
  • Popular Equipment package for GLS trim level
  • LED taillights standard for Limited trim level

The Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover SUV with seating for 5 passengers. It competes against a number of different models, including but not limited to the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4.

Models and Features
Tucson buyers choose between GLS, SE, and Limited trim levels, the latter two equipped with a larger and more powerful but also less efficient engine.

In addition to the bigger motor, the Tucson SE features body side cladding, roof rails, automatic headlights, fog lights, and heated side mirrors. Inside, the driver and front passenger enjoy heated front seats, while rear-seat occupants benefit from air conditioning vents. An 8-way power driver's seat is standard for the Tucson SE, along with leatherette seat bolsters, illuminated visor vanity mirrors, and a touch-screen audio system with a 4.3-in. display and a reversing camera.

The Tucson Limited adds larger 18-in. aluminum wheels, chrome exterior accents, turn signal indicators on the side mirrors, front wiper de-icer system, LED taillights, and a shark fin roof antenna. Hyundai's Proximity Key passive entry system with push-button starting is also standard for the Limited, along with a dual-zone automatic climate control system with Clean Air purification. Leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cargo cover, auto-dimming rearview mirror, programmable garage door opener, and BlueLink telematics and connectivity technology are also included for the Limited.

Under the Hood
A 164-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Tucson GLS. The SE and Limited have a larger 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 182 horsepower. Get this engine in Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) tune and the power rating drops to 180 horsepower.

All Tucsons have a 6-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission with an Active Eco driving mode. It feeds power to the crossover SUV's front wheels. An all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is optional.

Fuel Economy
The Tucson GLS is rated to return 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. Get the optional AWD system and the ratings fall to 21 mpg and 25 mpg, respectively.

The SE and Limited versions of the 2015 Tucson are expected to get 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. With AWD, the ratings dip to 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway.

Safety and Technology
Standard for all 2015 Tucson models, Bluetooth connectivity includes audio streaming capability, or owners can connect a device via a USB port, iPod cable, or an auxiliary audio input jack. The Tucson GLS can be optioned with a 4.3-in. touch-screen infotainment system with a reversing camera.

The Tucson Limited includes dual-zone automatic climate control with Clean Air ionizing purification, as well as BlueLink connectivity and services. With BlueLink, the Tucson has automatic-collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, car-finder feature, and a number of programmable settings pertaining to speed, curfew, and geographic boundary limits.

An optional Tech package is offered exclusively for the Tucson Limited and adds a 7-in. touch-screen display screen with navigation, premium audio system with HD Radio, and a 90-day trial subscription to real-time traffic reports.


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