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Hyundai Tucson



  • jjpeterjjpeter Posts: 230
    First off, the caps lock key is to the left of the A key, please turn it off. Typing in all caps is akin to yelling. Is that your intent?

    So far, my Tuscon has been excellent, no problems. Yes, the gas milage is a bit low, price of having a 4x4 small SUV with a V6. Have about 1500 miles on it so far, hoping it gets better after around 3-4K.

    I see from your profile you just joined the Edmonds club on 2/24, yet bought back in October. Just discover this web site? There's a wealth of information here in these forums, but also a place where you can get mislead by what some folks write. Long term tests of the Tucson will be coming up soon at the various sites that log this experience. It would behove all of us to track these experiences as we put the miles on our "Tuskies."
  • 238000238000 Posts: 48
    This is added to my previous message: I have around 278 miles on my Tucson - I love it: The engine is the same as was in my 2003 Sonata which got damaged in an accident so I traded it in. The engine is smooth and responsive, no lurching as happened to other owners(ok, so it emits a healthy growl). So, I'm used to this engine and it does what I ask it to do. The Tucs corners like a sports car, it has a great radio, and the 4-wheel drive is great for me since I live in a hilly area. I guess love is in the eyes of the beholder, but some of the forum comments seem overly critical, and are small matters in the overall scheme of things. Incdentally with my Sonata, someone drove into me on the left rear door, and the car took a good hit. I wouyld only drive Hyundai vehicles - I'm sold.While I was waiting for my Sonata to come out of the shop, the dealership loaned me a 1958 Elantra which had
    around 58,000 miles on it. This was a surprisingly good tight vehicle.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,920
    a 1998 Hyundai Elantra?

    The new Hyundai Tucson is as sound as a pound mechanically. Buy them and dig them...they look superior to all small SUV's except that new SUV from South Korea's #2 automaker. I am firmly setting my eyes on the new world order Sportage but I'm very interested in the performance/feature content/reliability of big bro Hyundai's new Tucson. Enjoy 'em!

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • mvls1mvls1 Posts: 32
    You should test drive the new Sportage, you will like it. I was a little surprised that the Tucson lx model was not outfitted with some of the features that are standard on the Sportage ex model. Quite a mistake in my opinion.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,920
    it'll take mine getting a lot more used before I'll need to, though. I'm at 91,600 fun miles in mine.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • Has anyone tested both the Tucson and Sportage? Should be the same, but I didn't before my Tucson, because I did thisfor the Sonata and Magentis/Optima and I found the Magentis to lack same quality as Sonata, plus some features were deleted as well in the Magentis where the Sonata kept them.

    Unfortunately, I didn't do this again, maybe I missed out? But I lean a little more towards Hyunda over Kia for now.

    I still wish they would just combine all the dealerships instead of sending mixed messages to the consumers.
  • mvls1mvls1 Posts: 32
    My wife, daughter and I test drove both vehicles prior to purchasing. We were able that way to compare the ride/room in front and back. We included the GLS and LX Tucsons in all 2wd trims. In the Sportage we only drove the EX luxury package as we had narrowed it down to the leather in either one. Both vehicles had a solid feel with the fit and finish excellent.

    Although the Tucson and Sportage are similar, sharing the same V6 engine, there were differences in the two vehicles. Some of the differences were personal preferences and in no way reflected on the overall quality or future reliability of either vehicle.

    Exterior - This went to the Sportage on body side claddings, fog light placement and a more pleasing front hood/wheel fender design. The Tucson's C pillar side window was better than the Sportage's D pillar design.

    Interior - This also went to the Sportage based on small differences and some major omissions on the Tucson. We preffered the placement of the transmission shift lever back further from the air/heat controls and the drink holders further to the front(easier to see while driving/reaching for it) rather than between the seats as they are in the Tucson.

    The retractable rear cargo cover in the Sportage is sharp looking, practical, easy to remove and stow in a notched area located in the rear storage area out of the way. The removable rigid cargo cover in the Tucson is far too difficult to use and has no where to store it if you need to remove it and are not at home where you can leave it.

    The sun visors in the Tucson are much better for practicality. When moved to the side window position there is an extension that pulls out of the end to increase the sun screening area for the side of the driver and passenger heads - a MAJOR plus if the sun happens to be beating through on you.

    In the Sportage the drink holders for the rear are located in a pullout from the back side of the front center console (ok for adults, but inconvenient for children). The Tucson has its holders located in the rear fold down armrest a plus for most people.

    Seats were comfortable, both front and rear in each vehicle with nice leg room. We also found the seat belts to be very comfortable with plenty of adjustment for different height drivers.

    Three glaring omissions from the Tucson that are included on the Sportage are:

    Trip computer that keeps track of your fuel economy, distance to empty and elapsed driving time in addition to the current trip since last reset.

    Automatic headlights that come at dusk and go off after exiting the vehicle. No more forgetting to turn them on or off.

    ECM mirror with home link that can be programmed to activate(open) garage doors, turn on light in the home and automatically dims if desired to reduce glare from vehicle headlights behind you.

    In test driving the vehicles, which included city streets and freeway driving, the Sportage felt better in cornering. Don't know why as the Tucson has a slightly larger track and width.

    Sorry for the lengthy post, but needed to cover everything while I could remember it. That said, we really liked both vehicles and it came down to small preferences and the three glaring omissions noted above.

    BTW, I almost forgot the most glaring MAJOR Kia omission. Kia has NO WARRANTY extension available through the factory forcing you to take a third party program if you want to extend coverage bumper to bumper to 100K mi. I am going through that nightmare now and any help with regards to a reputable company that will be around to pay out would be greatly appreciated.

  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,920
    no need for you to apologize for the lengthy post, that's exactly the type of comparo info. I'm interested in right now. Even though I won't be trading in for at least a year from now, I love to research way out ahead of the game. The Sportage sounds great overall...I went to the new Sportage microsite and colored and spun until my hearts content...I think it looks great in the Volcanic Red and Smart Blue...I'll flip a coin between those two. Do you have the AWD option on yours? Also, manual or auto.transmission? What color did you get, too?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • One other important fact you missed was that the Sportage is in it's second generation, but I'm sure most know that this is a benefit perhaps over the Tucson.

    But I like and long for Arizona! The Santa Fe was my original first choice, not because of the name, but because it has approx. 5 years of heritage already, but I felt the Tucson had that little extra... what do the french say? Chez na say qua. Bad French I know.

    I also believe the Sportage has more airbags, and a few extra features, like auto wipers does it.

    Hey heres something I just did less than 24 hours of Tucson ownership... I installed myself an overhead DVD 7" TV screen and player for my eight year old son and other rear passengers, complete with wireless headphones. Now I truly am the koolest dad on the street, according to my son.

    It was easy and in in less than 1 1/2 hours. Total set back $689.00 with tax, value increase... priceless!

    Now to find a place for the Xbox. If anyones interested, I can let you know in a future post. By the way a very reputable stereo company told me the same day a mere 1 before it was in my garage and installed, that it couldn't be done because of the factory sunroof and I would have to go with their $1400.00 headrest option. Phoey I said, and now we have Nemo swimming in our Tucson! Go figure that.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,920
    the individual consumer just needs to test drive the Sport or Tuc and decide what style or option package they dig more. One thing is for sure, Hyundai and Kia have designed the best looking "compact-sized" SUV's on the planet! Nice job of accessorizing, too, xg350guy! Enjoy your Tucs!

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • mvls1mvls1 Posts: 32
    We purchased the FWD V6 automatic in Black Cherry. Not a true black as it has deep red flecks in it. In the Tucson, we were leaning toward the Alpine Frost. It is a very nice color and will stay cooler inside during the summer than our Black Cherry, but that was all we could find with the options we wanted.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,920
    a fine choice. I'm gonna go load it in on the Sportage microsite and give it a look-see. I was coloring and spinning new Sportage's on there yesterday and I've got to tell ya, Kia has done it again in the styling department! That thing just looks great! I don't know how many dudes they employ in their styling department nor how much time they spend but their thinking on body design jives nicely with mine. Hence, my love of Kia's. Of course, style is only one of the quality elements, but IMO it is a very important one. I happen to love my '01 Sportage 4x4's body design a lot as well.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • 238000238000 Posts: 48
    i MEANT A 1998 eLANTRA
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  • dolomitedolomite Posts: 20
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I drive around with the headlights on all the time in the Tuscon and it automatically shuts off when the engine turns off.
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    That's the battery saver feature. Once you shut the engine off and remove the key, the lights shut off. My wife's '04 Sonata has the same feature.
  • mvls1mvls1 Posts: 32
    The Sportage has an auto feature for the headlights. Once put in auto mode the lights turn on when needed automatically and go off when you exit the vehicle or it gets light enough that you would normally turn them off.
  • dolomitedolomite Posts: 20
    So in essence, the auto head lights thing is actually the same in the Sportage and Tuscon. I do hear that the Candian version of the Tuscon actually has day time running lights. Also should mention that the European version has the mpg monitoring system for the trip computer.
  • mvls1mvls1 Posts: 32
    I truly do not understand why Hyundai chose to leave the trip computer with mpg monitoring system off the Tucson lx. The msrp on the Tucson including delivery charges and excluding the advertising fee is $800 more than the similar Sportage. Why?
  • zeke1312zeke1312 Posts: 7
    I have recently reviewed and driven both the Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Liberty. I like both vehicles but had to choose one and the choice was not easy. The Tucson has good acceleration, standard "options" such as ESP, heated windshield, etc. I also liked the seating and cargo holding features such as the unique folding seats. The Liberty has true 4x4 and 5klbs towing capacity in addition to the temp/trip/compass mini console. I like the exterior of the Tucson over the Liberty. My choice was the Liberty because of the 4x4 capability, towing, interior styling and quality of interior components. Both vehicles are good choices depending on the owner needs.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    "So in essence, the auto head lights thing is actually the same in the Sportage and Tuscon."

    I now have automatic headlamps on my Malibu Maxx. They sense darkness and turn on automatically. They also stay on for about a minute after the car is turned off.

    My former ride was an '01 Elantra, its lights automatically went out when the igition key was removed (something all cars should have had if you think about it), but it wasn't the same thing as automatic headlamps. You could have left the lamps on all the time and it would have functioned somewhat like DRL's but there was no light sensing.

    Does the Sportage have true automatic headlamps that sense dark, while the Tucson has the former Hyundai system of automatic turnoff? I'm a little confused as to why they'd position similar vehicles with different features?
  • mvls1mvls1 Posts: 32
    Yes the sportage has true auto headlights that sense the light outside and turn on when necessary unlike the Tucson. I stopped by a Hyundai dealer this morning to confirm this. If you're confused as to why they left it off the Tucson, then that makes at least two of us. Don't forget, they are asking $800 more for the Tucson lx with sunroof than the similarly equipped Sportage. The Tucson also is missing the full blown trip computer and the ECM mirror with homelink!
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    plus power seat, power pedals and a 3.5 liter engine that gets about the same MPG as my Elantra GLS stick. All for 16 grand. With a GM card I could have done it for a lot less.

    (didn't have the ECM mirror, though)

    p.s. a full blown trip computer is addictive-- especially when it warns you when the temp. gets down around freezing.
  • cbnsoulcbnsoul Posts: 2
    I recently installed a Curt 2" hitch on my Tucson and am wondering if anyone has heard of a company that is making a T-Connector for the Tucson yet? I've scoured the internet but have yet to find one available and would really rather not hardwire for the hitch if I can avoid it. Thanks.
  • chazzchazz Posts: 4
    Thanks mvls1 for your excellent comparison of the Tucson and Sportage. I can add a few things:
    1.The sunroof is optional for the Tucson (GLS,LX) and is mandatory in the higher level Sportage (EX).
    2. If you get a sunroof, you can get dealer installed cross rails on the Sportage, not so on the Tucson.
    3. As for the ride quality, Ann Job in felt that the Tucson felt softer and more compliant, the Sportage had a sportier feel. She also noted a bit more road noise for the Sportage.
    4. I believe the two have the identical airbag setups (in contradiction to a previous post).

    5. I believe it is tough to get around the $500 advertising fee most Hyundai dealers want, I am not so sure the Kia dealers demand this. Anyone have experience on this?

    The unavailability of the dealer bumper-to-bumper warranty 10-year extension on the Kia, might push me to the other side. Could some of you post the prices you were charged for this extension by Hyundai dealers?

    Has anyone compared the rear visibility(especially when parking in tight spots) between the two SUVs?


    The information about a dealer bumper-to-bumper warranty extension not being available on on Kia, might push me to Hyundai.

    Can anyone post prices they paid for this warranty extension with Hyundai?

    Does anyone know if Kia dealers will provide warranty service on the Hyndai, and vice-versa?

    Can anyone compare the rear visibility (especially when parking in tight sppots) between the two SUVs?

  • danf1danf1 Posts: 935
    MSRP for the Hyundai Protection plan 10yr 100,000 is 1318 for 4x4 and 1118 for front wheel drive.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    get around the $500 advertising fee

    Instead of trying to avoid the ad fee, focus on your out the door price. That way you'll avoid wasting a lot of time negotiating individual line items on the invoice.

    Steve, Host
  • chazzchazz Posts: 4
    "MSRP for the Hyundai Protection plan 10yr 100,000 is 1318 for 4x4 and 1118 for front wheel drive"

    Thanks danf1 for this useful information. It seems to me that if you are pretty sure you'll keep the car ten years this is a bargain.

    As for mvls1's question about reliable third party insurers I have not found one for cars. I can tell you of my three experiences.

    1. The factory-provided extended warranty on my Dodge Durango worked out perfectly. I was very pleased with this purchase.

    2. When I bought a brand new RV I paid $2400 for a third-party bumper-to-bumper warranty. The first time I brought the RV in for repairs under this policy, they denied 5 out of 5 claims. They had all sorts of loopholes (i.e., "this is not related to component failure" etc.). I deemed the policy totally useless.

    3. When I bought a third-party warranty on my home air-conditioner unit, the first time I needed them, the company had folded and gone out of business. They absconded with the money!

    4, My conclusion:be very cautious about non-dealer extended warranties.
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