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2009 Hyundai Tucson Sport Utility Crossover

4WD 4dr V6 Auto SE

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Hyundai Tucson Sport Utility Crossover

Hyundai has one of the best basic warranties available (five years or 60,000 miles) and a great powertrain warranty (10 years/100,000 miles). In government crash tests, the 2009 Tucson scored several 5-star ratings for front and side impact crashes. The EPA estimates mileage for the 2WD Tucson at 20 city and 26 highway.

What's new for 2009?

The 2009 Hyundai Tucson gets a new front grille and a redesigned tailgate, giving it a sportier look. Models with 4WD now get heated front seats and windshield wiper de-icers. The Limited trim comes standard with a sunroof. A new selection of alloy wheels and a charcoal black interior are available for 2009. A navigation system will become available later in 2009.

Model Strengths

  • Very affordable pricing
  • excellent safety ratings
  • extensive warranty
  • car-like ride in an SUV

Model Review

For 2009, the Hyundai Tucson offers the same three trims from 2008: the entry-level GLS, the SE and the luxurious Limited.

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Source: The Car Connection

To get the most comprehensive review of the 2009 Hyundai Tucson, TheCarConnection.com looked beyond the basics, gathering firsthand observations to write a definitive Bottom Line assessment, then reading some of the most thorough reviews on the Web to include a wide range of useful shopping advice.

The 2009 Hyundai Tucson is the latest version of Hyundai's carlike crossover SUV, which was introduced in 2005 as a smaller-scale alternative to the Santa Fe. It hasn't changed significantly since its debut.

The 2009 Hyundai Tucson starts with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant that delivers 140 horsepower. Transmission options include a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic (which has manual capabilities), and drivers can choose between front- and all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system is designed to route up to 99 percent of the power to the front wheels or up to 50 percent to the back wheels as needed. "Locking" in the center provides a 50/50 split, which is good for deep snow or mud. Higher-end SE and Limited models take things up a notch, offering a 173-hp 2.7-liter V-6 engine. It is available only with the automatic transmission.

Both engine options are fairly comparable in real-world perkiness, especially when the four-cylinder is paired with the manual transmission. The four-cylinder engine can be noisier than the V-6, and shifts are a bit clunky with the automatic transmission. The V-6 model is better for anyone who plans to haul a lot of people or cargo, though it does have an overwhelmingly aggressive throttle that makes parking somewhat difficult and might trick buyers into thinking it's stronger.

The Tucson has a fairly smooth ride--though the 2009 Hyundai Tucson can get pitchy or bouncy on rough surfaces. A fully loaded vehicle leads to a rougher ride overall. Nothing about the 2009 Hyundai Tucson is sporty, and you'll discover some mushiness and body lean if you push it too hard.

On the interior, the 2009 Hyundai Tucson is well built, but the quality doesn't seem to match that found in other newer Hyundais like the Genesis, Veracruz, or refreshed Sonata. The driving position is comfortable, though narrow footwells can be troublesome and tall drivers might find their knees meeting the center console. The instrument panel is rounded and smooth, with audio controls mounted fairly high and a prominent center stack. In the back, two adults fit comfortably, but three across is best left to the kids. Legroom isn't the problem--it's the shoulder room.

The 2009 Hyundai Tucson rates well in safety tests, though it is not at the top of the ranks. The list of features includes front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control. The Tucson performs well in government crash tests, earning five stars in frontal and side crashes, but it only garners a rating of "acceptable" from the IIHS.

In terms of features, the Tucson does fairly well. The 2009 Hyundai Tucson comes in three trim levels: the GLS, the SE, and the Limited. In the base GS model, drivers will find standard power accessories and an 80-watt AM/FM/CD audio system. Stepping up to the sportier SE adds some more touches, and the top-notch Limited includes leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and heated front seats. Options include a sunroof.


The Bottom Line:

As time has passed, the 2009 Hyundai Tucson has been matched or bettered by other vehicles in its class in terms of performance and safety--but it remains a good value.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

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Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
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Road Visibility

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Intermittent Wipers Std
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Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

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Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

120-months/100,000-mile Powertrain warranty from original in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility up to 5 model years old w/ less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
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Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage from In-Service Date
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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