Long Term Update 4: 2010 Hyundai Tucson Limited
9 months and 15,083 miles
Definitly a great value for the money, the Tucson is replete with features like Bluetooth audio controls, satellite radio, and navigation included at its affordable $29,590 as-tested price (not bad for the topline model with all the goodies). Around town, there's plenty of power available, but some staffers are of the opinion the engine lacks the oomph needed to easily pass cutthroat drivers on California freeways, and the engine note sounds increasingly coarse above 60 mph. Seats are comfortable, and controls and features in the cabin are easy to use. Associate online editor Zach Gale logged that the Tucson's cousin, the Kia Sportage, has most of the same characteristics as the Hyundai, but they're wrapped in a more attractive package.
|2010 Hyundai Tucson Limited|
|Months/mi in service||9/15,083|
|Avg econ/CO2||21.5 mpg/0.90 lb/mi|
|Maintenance cost||$58.90 (oil change, inspection, rotate tires)|