On my particular test vehicle, the interior is bi-color, with dark and light taupe plastic accented by matte silver touches--including the center of the steering wheel. The central stack’s LED information display is easy to read and there’s a bit of hooding over the CD slot. At the base of the central stack are a pair of 12 volt plugs and the balance of the audio inputs. Two rather large cupholders--best for Big Gulp-type beverages--do tend to make drinks wobble around, but the cupholders in all four doors can take care of smaller items.
There’s good space for three people in the rear of the cabin with tons of legroom and there is a pulldown armrest with shallow cupholders. There are also 60/40 fold for the rear seats that will increase the 25.7 cubic-feet (uncovered) hatch space to a maximum of 56 cubic-feet. The spare tire lies beneath the hatch floor together with its tools.
The 2010 Hyundai Tucson is of a standard size for the breed at 173.2 inches long, 71.7 inches wide and 65.2 inches tall. Wheelbase is an excellent 103.9 inches, ground clearance is 6.7 inches allows good ingress/egress, and the Tucson weighs in at 3,203 pounds. Turning circle is 34.7 feet--not bad at all for a front-wheel drive vehicle of its size.
This crossover is rated at 23/31 mpg city/highway by the EPA and it runs on regular fuel. There is a release on the floor for the fuel filler cap. Our mileage, according to the trip computer accessed through the trip odometer button, said that our mostly around-town mileage was close to 28 mpg on a vehicle that had nearly 6,000 miles on it, nicely broken in. It’ll tow 2,000 pounds and handle a payload of 1,294 pounds, according to Hyundai.
What is most impressive about this 2010 Hyundai Tucson GLS is its fun-to-drive nature, its sporting handling and it’s excellent build quality. Controls are simple on the Tucson and the cabin is both a comfortable (good manual seats with height control) and easy on the eyes.
Hyundai has made a grand leap forward with its new Tucson and made it a crossover anyone that’s in the market should consider taking home for a few years, or more. © Anne Proffit 2010