2009 Hyundai Tucson Review

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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.

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.

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October 23, 2015
2009 Hyundai Tucson FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS

Great car for norwegian conditions and taxes

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My first Hyundai, surprised by the good quality. Use this car most for driving on the norwegian countryside where roads are poor. Great on winterconditions. Ok luggageroom, great when backseat is lowered, then... + More »
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April 17, 2015
For 2009 Hyundai Tucson

Easy access, great to drive, comfy,and performs well with plenty of room.

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This is our first Hyundai, very happy with the many good features it comes with.Purchased at about 70k 3 years ago now 120k replaced cambelt around 90k which did surprize me as it is advised in manual,however... + More »
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September 14, 2016
2016 Hyundai Tucson AWD 4-Door SE w/Beige Int

Motor not enough power 2.0 liter

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Great driving well built nice interior poor 2.0 liter motor
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June 17, 2016
2016 Hyundai Tucson AWD 4-Door Sport w/Beige Int

Beautiful car with lots of safety.

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With such a little engine (1,6 turbo, petrol) this car performs just great! It´so comfortable and has a nice ride with a roomy backseat and great front seats. Only thing I miss is the posibility to shift with... + More »
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April 28, 2016
2016 Hyundai Tucson FWD 4-Door Limited

1st foreign made car i've owned...best decision ever!

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I purchased a 2016 Tuscon Limited, fully loaded except for the moon-roof. I'm approaching 1,000 miles and I love it. The ride is comfortable and quiet. The 19" wheels make a huge difference. Performance is... + More »
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November 10, 2015
2016 Hyundai Tucson FWD 4-Door Limited

New design could be best CUV on street.

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Hyundai designs their vehicles with some nice touches/features you only notice after purchasing one. Cabin lights in the right places, storage space, movable seat belts, telescoping steering wheel. Sure to... + More »
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October 23, 2015
2016 Hyundai Tucson AWD 4-Door Limited

Amazing vechicle, love it

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Today I purchased a new 2016 top of the line Hyundai Tucson limied edition with all bells and whistles. The minute I sat in the driver seat I new this was the one. The test drive was a treat, the comfort of... + More »
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October 22, 2015
2016 Hyundai Tucson AWD 4-Door Limited

Sharp looking car!

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I was looking to purchase for over 2 years and was set on the Nissan Rogue SL, however after driving it again, and driving the Mazda Cx-5 and this Hyundai over and over again, I decided this Tucson was the... + More »
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October 22, 2015
2016 Hyundai Tucson AWD 4-Door SE w/Beige Int

Quite Frankly, a little disappointed...

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We got our Tucson in September and there are a number of items that concern and disappoint me. 1. Acceleration is a hazard, especially when speeding up thru an intersection from a stop. If you are trying to... + More »
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September 25, 2015
2016 Hyundai Tucson AWD 4-Door Limited

OK nice .good ride.

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Was very disappointed that a car of this price has no cd player. . W t f , being a older driver I still listen to my cd collection. What am I to do with 500 cds. Not very technical savvy. So that's not making... + More »
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