- suv 119,383
- Burnsville, MN
- 5 months
2006 hyundai tucson review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. And for the even more common suv duties of urban commuting and suburban child-rearing, something small, affordable, and easy on gas is more sensible than a behemoth. the toyota rav4 and honda cr-v pioneered the compact suv market, which ford soon came to dominate with its escape. Hyundai staked a claim in this territory a few years ago with the slightly larger santa fe; then added the tucson for 2005 to take on the rav4 and cr-v more directly. the 2006 hyundai tucson features some minor appearance revisions and a new flagship limited model. the tucson is a good choice among compact suvs. It's not the best of them, but it's comparable to the other vehicles in this class, including those from the big brand names. Power and associates, which surveys owners on product quality, rated tucson as the highest-quality all-new model for 2005. That's impressive list of active safety features. Add to that six airbags, including side-impact airbags for torso protection and side curtain airbags designed to provide head protection for passengers in both rows. Tucson has earned a five-star safety rating from the u. Government in front and side impacts. Basic gl and mid-range gls continue as before, while last year's lx model has been replaced by a more luxurious limited model. Gl comes standard with front-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, am/fm/cd audio, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, heated power mirrors, roof-rack side rails, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Enhancements include upgraded cloth trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a more powerful audio system with cassette and mp3, a trip computer, front wiper de-icer, illuminated vanity mirrors, gray lower body cladding, a tire pressure monitor, fog lights, and wider tires. Mirrors and door handles are body color instead of black. Lower bodyside cladding is body color rather than gray. The only options available for gl are mud flaps 75) and roof-rack cross rails 205). walkaroundhyundai's larger suv, the santa fe, has always drawn mixed reviews for its styling; some like its unusual curvy lines while others think it's goofy-looking. Although the hyundai tucson is built on the same platform as santa fe, it is a fraction of an inch longer in wheelbase and seven inches shorter overall, creating very different proportions and a totally different look. Where santa fe is elongated, tucson is stubby and cute, not dissimilar from the honda cr-v. the tucson has clean lines with a relatively big grille up front and headlamps that blend in well with the hood line and edges of the fenders. The front bumper is a large one-piece molding that begins just below the grille, houses three large air openings and two fog lights (on models that have them) and then forms a spoiler at the bottom. Yet in profile this impressive piece of plastic barely protrudes in front of the grille opening. At the back, the outer edges of the rear bumper reaches up to the tail lights; this bumper sticks out a few inches, adding protection. tucson's rear tailgate slopes forward, avoiding the van-like vertical look of many other small suvs. The rear window can be opened separately from the main tailgate although it is not very big, making it ineffective for loading much more than small light stuff. gls comes with lower body cladding that runs from the front bumper, around the fenders and along the lower edges of the doors, to the rear bumper. Finished in matte black, the cladding is not too obtrusive. Limited features a monochromatic look, with body-color cladding as well as the same body-color mirrors and door handles as the gls. all models come with 16-inch alloy wheels; although the wheels on gls and limited are more intricately styled. A roof rack and tinted windows are also standard on all models. even though tucson is not intended for serious off-road driving, it does have relatively short front and rear overhangs for improved clearance. This is largely thanks to the tucson's long wheelbase, fractionally longer than that of the honda cr-v or ford escape, even though both of those vehicles are several inches longer overall. Tucson's longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs is a sign of superior design. The tucson also has a relatively wide track, which helps improve its stability. interiorthere's nothing cheap or spartan about the interior of the hyundai tucson, although it won't be mistaken for a luxury vehicle. Trim accents are matte black in the gl, bright metallic in gls and limited. The gls comes with brightly colored cloth seats that some people find too gaudy, while others like the pattern as it brightens up the interior. big radio and climate controls are mounted reasonably high for easy reach, as is the shift lever. In addition there are a couple of cupholders in the center console. It's also nice to see a proper parking brake lever in the center instead of a pedal-operated parking brake. There are no fewer than three 12-volt power outlets; apart from the usual one at the front there is one in the rear cargo area and one at the back of the center console for use by the rear seat passengers. thanks again to tucson's long wheelbase, ingress to and egress from the rear seats is good. Once inside, rear-seat passengers will find adequate head and leg room for all but the tallest people. The front passenger seat folds flat also, providing room for long objects or a convenient desk for a lone driver. a reasonable amount of rear luggage space can be hidden by a solid rear cargo cover/parcel shelf. A large washable rubber mat covers a hidden under-floor storage area. The mat also helps protect the flooring, as well as providing a non-slip surface. There are six tie-downs at the side for securing cargo in addition to three grocery bag hooks. driving impressionwe had the opportunity to drive a few different tucson variants, all powered by the v6 engine. Around town and out on open highways the 173-horsepower v6 delivers adequate power for what is a relatively heavy vehicle for its size. Those who want to be more in command can push the shift lever over to the shiftronic semi-manual mode. Just a few years ago such an option was only offered on high-end sports cars. the steering felt connected, although a tad light in feel. the brakes were smooth and stopped the vehicle efficiently. Abs keeps the wheels from locking up and sliding on slippery or uneven surfaces, so the driver maintains steering control even in a panic stop. Ebd adjusts the front-to-rear proportioning of braking force according to the load on the wheels and continuously adjusts as the weight shifts forward during a stop. Again, this kind of sophisticated active safety equipment was the exclusive province of expensive cars just a few years ago. a brief drive along a rocky dirt track showed that the tucson can manage some light off-highway duty. Without low gearing and aggressive off-road tires it was not able to climb a really steep slippery slope. But judging from the old skid marks we found, it didn't look as though many other vehicles had managed to get up that particular slope, either. a downhill stretch of smooth, slippery, muddy gravel road nearly afforded an opportunity to test the electronic stability control system. But then we eyed the high crown in the middle of the road, and the deep ditches on either side, and decided that this was not the place to try to induce a slide.
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