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Hyundai Tucson



  • mike_belknapmike_belknap Posts: 378
    Just a follow-up -- I made a statement that needed to be backed-up/qualified. This is a British unit with the "TCS" button. In the UK, traction control is standard on all but the most basic trim, and ESP is unavailable.

    I know that there are some places where ESP is optional, but finding a decent image of this portion of the dash on foreign-language websites can be tough.... :sick:

  • nakeydognakeydog Posts: 30
    Thank you Mike. That iswhat the dealer was telling me, but I don't trust them. I wouldn't ever turn it off and I don't know why any one would. The sticker on the car said I had ESP and TCS. I just wanted to make sure I got what I bought. Thanks ;)
  • mike_belknapmike_belknap Posts: 378
    "Thank you Mike."

    No problem!

    "I wouldn't ever turn it off and I don't know why any one would."

    Actually, strange as is may seem, unmitigated wheel-spin can sometimes be beneficial -- usually in deep snow or some other situation where traction is practically zero. It's definitely best to keep it on unless the situation clearly dictates otherwise.

  • nakeydognakeydog Posts: 30
    But then wouldn't you need Trac Control to kick in?? Or would the ABS be enough? :confuse:
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    There are times when you might be stuck in snow or mud and you need to rock your car back and forth to get out. With TCS off, no problem. But if your TCS is on, it could prevent you from being able to spin your wheels and get the rocking motion started so you can escape from the snow/mud. ;)
  • nakeydognakeydog Posts: 30
    ThankYou tenpin288 :D !
  • thaasthaas Posts: 5
    We are looking to buy either a CRV or a Tuscon. We like the Tuscon because of the 6 cylinder, warranties, tinted windows (have kids and dog), flat fold down seats, and price. I like the CRV's side hatch, bigger cargo, and solid ride. The biggest advantage for the CRV is the 6 cylinder but after driving it -not sure it is that big of advantage since 80% of my driving will be on local, busy streets-not highway driving. Any comments on which would be the better choice?
  • csuvcsuv Posts: 25
    As I posted before I tested both and bought Tucson. 6 cynlinder is not necessarily to have much more power than a 4 cynlinder if their sizes are similar but it is supposed to be more smooth during driving. The Tucson drives great for me now and the seat supports my lowerback very well. Somebody complains about the armrest but I never use armrest. CRV has the spare tire hanging on the back and I dislike that like many others do. It not only looks ugly but also contributes more risk to rollover when turning at ralative high speed. I also like the totally flat cargo space after rolling down the seats. Lower price and longer warranty help a lot too.
  • "Any comments on which would be the better choice?"

    Well, they are both very competitive, with each bringing its own avantages to the table:

    Honda 5-speed automatic transmission is smoother than the Hyundai's 4-speed; handles better around town due to better steering response and slightly stiffer suspension (the Tucson's corporate sibling, the Kia Sportage, doesn't have this issue); according to CR's tests, the CR-V's headlights perform better overall; proven-excellent reliability, depreciation, and crashworthiness; fuel economy (about 3 mpg better); rollover sensors for the side curtain airbags; slightly better cargo space and cabin width (though three, average-sized adults can sit in either vehicle's rear-seats with equal comfort).

    Hyundai according to CR's tests, 0-60 mph acceleration runs averaged 0.3 seconds faster and emergency-situation handling was better; the Tucson allows less road noise (Honda's infamous tire rumble) to enter the cabin; superiorly ergonomic interior design; slightly easier ingress/egress; larger fuel tank, towing, load capacities; shingle-type rear head restraints (to improve rearward visibility); legroom is equal for the rear-seat passengers, better for front-seat occupants; the Hyundai's rear seats fold flat in one simple step, and the rear-seat cushions can be removed; headroom (front and rear); underfloor-mounted spare tire.

    I personally prefer the Tucson's liftgate rear-door design to the CR-V's side-swinging type. Honda mounted the hinges on the wrong side of the vehicle for North American markets, and it doesn't provide the hatch's rain protection. I also like the Hyundai's styling, but that's purely subjective.

    Note that a totally redesigned CR-V will bow next year as a 2007 model.

  • thaasthaas Posts: 5
    Thanks to you and Mike for the response. Can you give me any more data on the spare tire contributing to rollover-I hadn't heard that.
  • csuvcsuv Posts: 25
    I had no data regarding the rollover. I remember I saw a study report a couple of years back on that topic and the hanging sparetire was really a factor on rollover. Think about this: a sparetire raises the central weight point to a high level and a car spins fast has to overcome that force. Of course this is only relative and those cars with hanging sparetires are still safe otherwise they can't go to the market.
  • guyfguyf Posts: 456
    The rear mounted spare tire will increase the damage to your vehicle if you get rear ended. Rather than let the bumper absorb the impact, it get's into your rear door even in an accident at a low speed. Not a good feature.
  • So, I really want to like my Tucson. I really really do. However, I've had to get my cd player replaced twice in 6 monthes, and my gas mileage is bothering me a lot. I'm lucky to get 22 mpg on the highway (I should mention that I have a 2wd GL). I commute about 25 miles to work in SoCal, and I am filling up the tank about 2-3 times per week. Its getting rather expensive.
    My question is for those of you who are closing in on the 10,000 mile mark. Have you seen your MPG raise? I talked to someone at Hyundai consumer affairs and they told me that this is generally the point when the engine is broken in. I really hope so, or I'm going to have to bite the bullet and invest in something that is a little more thrifty. Please give me some good news. Thanks.
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    Hang in there! I have an AWD LX V6 Tucson and my mileage was poor at first. I have a 10 mile drive to work over worn-out 2 lane roads in west-central PA. I was only getting 15-17 mpg when it was new. Now at 7500 miles, I am consistently getting 19-20 mpg for that same trip and around 23-24 on the highway. (These hills and bad road conditions in my area of PA are mileage killers). ;)
  • 238000238000 Posts: 48
    Has anyone tried the 50/50 system where the power is 50% in the front and 50% in the rear? Some posts indicated that this is problematical and I haven't used it. It's summer now in Connecticut, but with winter coming, it could come in handy.
  • test drove it yesterday
    was really impressed
    i liked the 5 year road side assistance included

    Price now for GL silver is 16,600 in socal

    Anyone getting better deals?
  • irgirg Posts: 197
    I am looking (probably spring '06) for a new vehicle to replace my aging '95 Ford Explorer. Two good features on the Explorer: 1) 4wd, which for some of the winters we have here in upstate NY, has been great. 2) Utility, for taking things like our trash to the dump, and other bigger things that a typical car can't haul. Nothing else to like about this SUV.

    I have a new Toyota Sienna van now, so I have more utility with this van than the Explorer, although I don't want to muck it all up with some of the stuff I haul in the Explorer. But I hate the gas mileage of the Explorer - about 16 mpg around town, which is mostly what this vehicle is used for.

    As for a second vehicle, the Tucson intrigues me. I like the looks, the awd would be useful in the winter, and I like how the rear seats fold flat with the cargo area. Something I would definitely use. But the gas mileage though does seem unimpressive. My Sienna which is heavier, and a larger V6, gets better mileage than the Tucson, which seems odd. Can I expect about 20 mpg around town? Highway mileage is a non issue with me. I only drive the Explorer about 8-9k miles a year, that's it. Although with the Tucson, maybe I would be drive it a bit more.

    I like the price of the GLS AWD model, compared to the others, although it is at the top of what I want to spend. I am waiting to see how this winter goes, to determine whether I really need awd or not. And to see where gas prices go. If it gets to $3/gallon, I will probably buy a basic Civic. I am also interested to see what the new Elantra will be like. I also like Hyundai's warranty, as I will probably keep this vehicle a number of years. How much is the extended warranty to make it 10/100k miles comprehensive? Or would this be a good bargaining tool?

    Any other vehicles I should consider, that offers some utility, inexpensive, decent gas mileage, warranty, and some fun to drive quotient? Also, the minivan would be used for 95% of our family use, but with 3 small kids (one in a rear facing car seat) and two others in booster seats, will the Tucson fit them all? Any other comments would be helpful, especially if there is any updates on the '06 models. Cheers. irg
  • njeraldnjerald Posts: 688
    Kia Sportage, a sister vehicle. Better looking, better handling, cheaper, more std. equipment, same warranty.
  • irgirg Posts: 197
    I like the looks of the Tucson better, but it is subjective. I have read (here?) a review that mentioned it handled a little better which is odd since they are supposed to be the "same" vehicle. Maybe the '06 Tucson will address that? The Tucson GLS seems to have just about everything, unless you want leather and/or the sunroof, and a slightly upgraded stereo. Nothing else to add. But the problem for me at least, is that I don't have a local Kia dealer, and I do Hyundai. Otherwise, I would consider it. Unless Hyundai services Kia products under warranty?
  • njeraldnjerald Posts: 688
    Having a dealer is a major concern and you would have to go up to an EX to get a trip computer, Auto headlights and ECM mirror w/Homelink and some other items that the base GLS has that the base LX Sportage doesn't.
  • flytedhyflytedhy Posts: 63
    Any one heard this noise from the engine compartment or have a solution. Dealer has no idea. It always happens the first drive of the day and anytime the vehicle has sat for more than 1/2 hour. Always at exactly 8 mph and it doesn't coincide with the shift. Something's not right.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    What kind of noise? Are you sure it's from the engine compartment and not, say, a transmission clunk?

    Did you rule out the ABS brakes self test that make a noise every time you start out in some cars?

    Steve, Host
  • samos1samos1 Posts: 4
    I have a 2005 Tucson which has 12,000 miles on it. I purchased the automobile in around christmas, 2 weeks later I got bad gas from a station. I took the car to the dealership repair shop, where there drained the gas tank and flush the lines and 7 months later my check engine light comes on and I take it back to the same dealership repair job, where they tell me my converters are going bad from the gas I got 7 months ago on which I only drove about 5 miles before having the car towed to the service shop. Has any one had problems with their catalytic converters? Also any one know that since the converters are part of the emission if this should be covered under warranty? According to the Hyundai it is not.
  • samos1samos1 Posts: 4
    How do I talk with someone about warranty on the catalytic converters for 2005 Hyundai Tucson?
  • Re "With the 50/50 four wheel drive, you aren't supposed to go over 19 mph with it " With my Blazer I can definition go normal speads in 4WD, and we're about to get a 4WD Tuscon, so I'm curious if somebody could elaborate on this, thanks.
  • peppepeppe Posts: 5
    According to the manual, once you reach 20 KMH the 50/50 is reduced and at 40 KMH the 50/50 is disengaged. Once slowing down to 20 KMH it is engaged again. I haven't experience any winter driving yet, so I am curious to see how it works.
  • >once you reach 20 KMH the 50/50 is reduced

    Reduced? Like pops in and out? Onle 3 wheels?

    >at 40 KMH the 50/50 is disengaged

    Interesting. I know I've done 40mph on dry sand, albeit known route.

    Hmm, OP mentioned mph, but you mention kmh, guess I need to try to convert as maybe that is a reasonable speed.
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    Hyundai has a nice explanation of how the AWD system on the Tucson works.

    Tucson AWD demo

    When you get to the web page, click on the "performance" link, then click on the "electronic 4WD" link. There is a nice demo there. Enjoy and I hope it gives you a better idea how the Tucson's AWD works.

    FYI, I have had an LX AWD since last November and it goes great in the winter in the hills and valleys of central PA. :shades:
  • flytedhyflytedhy Posts: 63
    The noise does not coincide with a shift of the transmission so I don't think thats it. How would I rule out the ABS brake self test? Dealer never told me that might be the problem, don't remember reading about it in the owners manual, and if all Tucson's made that noise I'm sure others would have said something, don't you think?
  • If I've done the math right, 40kmh is about 25mph, which is interesting.

    OTOH, on the street that's probably ok, especially as it seems to be saying it would be instantaneous, and can kick in apparently per wheel if slippery (even if greater than 25mph?). I don't see how that would work in say dry sand though as often the momentum of the car, etc is not enough.
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