2013 Hyundai Tucson
Named one of the Top Safety Picks in 2012 by the IIHS, the Hyundai Tucson enters the market in 2013 with the same safety features that made it a winner in that category. But that is not the only reason this compact crossover SUV that provides stiff competition to the likes of Honda CV-R, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. Its stylish and beautiful new exterior, spacious and gadget-filled interior, fuel-efficient engine and low cost make is a better option if you don’t mind the slightly less horsepower. The 2013 Tucson is available in GL, GLS and Limited models with options for front-wheel drive or AWD.
The 2013 Hyundai Tucson is available with two four-cylinder GDI engine options. The base 2.0 L four-cylinder GDI engine in that powers the GL produces 165 HP at 6,200 rpm and 146 lbs-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The more powerful 2.4 L four-cylinder GDI engine in the GLS and Limited produces 176 hp at 6,000 rpm and 168 lbs-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Although there is nothing remarkable as regards the power generated, these engines are more fuel-efficient than Tucson’s high profile competitors like the Honda CR-V.
The 2013 Tucson can achieve a top speed of 150 miles per hour on its 17″ steel wheels, which is faster than most people would care to drive even on highways. The base 2.0 L engine has an EPA-rated fuel consumption level of 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The more powerful 2.4 L engine has an EPA-rating of the 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. These ratings make the Tucson one of the most fuel-efficient cars of its class.
The 2013 Hyundai Tucson comes with good news for both manual and automatic transmission lovers. It is available with either a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission system. Both manual and automatic transmissions are equipped with Hyundai’s proprietary SHIFTRONIC® technology that reduces fuel consumption and improves acceleration. The Active ECO system can reduce mpg by up 7% at the push of a button. The car also has electric power steering that makes driving easier.
The 2013 Hyundai Tucson has a sleek aerodynamic design that confirms to Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Architecture’ design concept. Its streamlined body with no sharp edges, sculpted hood, smooth silhouetted lines, sculpted hood, wraparound headlights, rear roof spoiler and optional panoramic sunroof lend the kind of beauty few other crossover SUVs can boast of. The Tucson is bold and beautiful with a somewhat aggressive stance without being intimidating.
The interior of the 2013 Tucson is just as eye-catching as the exterior. The seats and cockpit are designed with comfort and elegance in mind. The driver’s seat is six way configurable with a tilt-and-telescopic steering and all five seats are generously endowed with ample legroom and headroom. The front seats are heated and equipped with dual-automatic climate control. The cargo space is a huge 55.8 cubic feet area that can be further widened by folding the rear seats.
The 2013 Hyundai Tucson is loaded with gadgets that include audio system comes with patented HD Radio technology, Bluetooth and USB ports, and iPod jack. The 160-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 player is fitted with SiriusXM Satellite Radio that lets you tune into over 170 commercial-free radio stations. The proximity key allows you to lock, unlock and start the car without having to take it out of your pocket. The LCD touch screen real time navigation system with patented NavTraffic system helps you avoid traffic jams.
The 2013 Tucson incorporates all the safety features that made the Tucson the Top Safety Pick of 2012 by the IIHS. Its winning safety features include standard 6 airbags, active head restraints, rearview backup camera, anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability management system (VSM), electronic stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist (BA) system. The proprietary Blue Link Telematic system provides services like speed and curfew limits and emergency crash response. The optional Hillstart Assist Control and Downhill Brake Control minimizes backward roll when going uphill and helps maintain control when going downhill.
The 2013 Hyundai Tucson is a stylish compact crossover SUV with a bold and beautiful design. It is also one of the safest and the most fuel efficient cars in its class. And at a starting price of $19,365 (for the GL), it is also the most affordable. Its competitors may be bigger and may produce more power, but the Tucson gives a better value for your money. If you don’t mind the smaller size, the Tucson is an ideal vehicle for you, with or without AWD – whether for shuttling your children to and from school or going on a long drive.