The award-winning Tucson has been honored with numerous awards for its value, quality and safety, including the U.S. government’s highest safety rating. Since it first entered the market, the Tucson has received top honors in J.D. Power and Associates’ Initial Quality Study – first, as the industry’s highest quality all-new model launched in 2005 and, most recently, for the highest initial quality in the compact multi-activity vehicle segment. The Tucson was also named a Best New-Car Value Winner by SmartMoney magazine and was a “recommended” buy in the Compact SUV category in the 2006 Consumer Guide Automotive list.
Already loaded with standard safety features including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction control, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and six airbags, the Tucson is more user-friendly for 2007 with new interior convenience features, a new entry-level choice and new exterior color options.
New for 2007:
Two new trim-level designations GLS and SE
New Platinum Silver replaces Sahara Silver as an exterior color choice
Two new exterior color options available Brilliant Copper and Dark Titanium Gray
Dual-mode trip computers standard on SE and Limited models (late availability)
Updated audio system with a digital tuner and improved display and controls standard on SE and Limited models (late availability)
Enhanced CD changer audio system including MP3 capability available on SE and Limited models (late availability)
Tucson’s purposeful exterior has a taught, athletic presence, framing a distinctive Hyundai grille, standard alloy wheels and roof rails.
There is a large rear hatch for easy loading with a convenient flip-up rear window which eases loading of small items. SE and Limited models have a more upscale look, with unique double-spoke alloy wheels and wider tires. The upper trim levels also have standard fog lights, bodyside cladding, bodycolored door handles and mirrors, and a chrome rear accent trim. Interior
The Tucson’s five-passenger interior is a handsome blend of luxury and utility. It echoes the sleek athleticism of the exterior, with matte-black accents in GLS trim and metalgrain accents in SE and Limited versions. Illuminated power window and door lock switches combine with highly legible analog instrumentation to aid functionality and convenience.
Driver comfort is a top priority in the Tucson’s design, as evidenced by the 10-way adjustable driver’s seat and tilt-adjustable steering column. The Tucson’s trip computer, standard in 2007-model SE and Limited trims, now includes two trip modes, each with information relating to mpg, distance to empty, drive time and average speed.
Versatility is a Tucson strong point. The standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback makes it easy to accommodate passengers and cargo. Single-lever operation and headrests that remain in place speed the conversion from passenger to cargo use. Another thoughtful touch: the front passenger seatback can fold flat either forward or backward, further adding to loading and cargo carrying versatility. To help secure cargo, there are three grocery bag hooks, six flush-mount metal tie-down anchor points and six cargo net mounting points.
Tucson is ready to haul gear with an easy-to-clean composite load floor with a removable rear section. Underneath is an additional sectionalized storage area with the spare tire positioned below. Plenty of storage bins, compartments and eight cupholders are positioned throughout the interior, as are three 12-volt power points. Comfort and convenience features include a two-tier front storage console with a two-position padded armrest. Two cupholders are positioned nearby, with one more in each door pocket. The rear armrest also includes a cupholder that can accommodate juice boxes.
In a market segment where four-cylinder engines are the norm, the Tucson goes above and beyond by offering freedom of choice. In addition to a smooth and efficient four-cylinder engine, the Tucson also offers the assurance of an optional 2.7-liter V6 for greater pulling power, energetic performance at high altitudes, and more snap when passing or merging on the highway. The standard powerplant in the entry-level Tucson GLS is a 2.0-liter DOHC “Beta” in-line four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels. This advanced four-valve-per-cylinder powerplant has a rigid cast-iron block that’s topped with an aluminum cylinder head for reduced weight and superior cooling. Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) optimizes the timing for operating conditions. This precise cam-timing control is a factor in the engine’s strong power output, low emissions and good fuel economy. At 6,000 rpm, the engine develops 140 horsepower, with the 136 lb.-ft. torque peak arriving at 4,500 rpm. When coupled with a two-wheel-drive powertrain and automatic transmission the Tucson’s inline four returns an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. A two-wheel-drive model with manual transmission returns an estimated 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. With four-wheel-drive and a manual transmission (required with four-wheel drive) the figures are 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Tucson’s two upper trim levels, SE and Limited, both come standard with a refined 2.7-liter V6. This Delta-series engine has an aluminum block and cylinder heads to keep weight down, while four-valve combustion chambers and dual overhead camshafts ensure plenty of performance. A Variable Intake System (VIS) helps provide smooth power delivery across the entire engine operating range. Horsepower peaks at 173 at 6,000 rpm, and torque crests at 178 lb.-ft. at an accessible 4,000 rpm. The V6 with its standard four-speed automatic and front-wheel drive delivers 20 mpg in the EPA city driving cycle and returns 26 mpg on the highway.
TWO TRANSMISSIONS, TWO DRIVE CHOICES
Tucson offers a wide range of drivetrain choices, so customers can get the capability they need. In GLS trim with the standard four-cylinder engine, owners can choose between a precise five-speed manual transmission or a slick and convenient four-speed SHIFTRONIC® automatic. This sophisticated unit can function like a conventional automatic, but also has a special manual gate that provides maximum driver control. A digital readout in the instrument display indicates the transmission gear that’s in use. The SHIFTRONIC® transmission is standard with the V-6 engine.
For maximum all-season traction with good fuel efficiency, the Tucson is available with a Borg Warner Electronic InterActive Torque Management Four-Wheel Drive System that routes up to 99 percent of the power to the front wheels. As road conditions or torque demand (acceleration) changes, the system automatically diverts up to 50 percent of the power to the rear wheels. This electronic on-demand system operates by monitoring the throttle position, front wheel angle and wheel slippage; then as conditions change, power is automatically routed to the wheels with the best traction.
The four-wheel drive system can be manually locked into four-wheel drive for a continuous 50/50 power split between the front and rear wheels for off-road and very slippery situations. The locking system begins to disengage at 20 mph and is fully disengaged at speeds over 25 mph. The system re-locks when speeds again drop below 25 mph. The system is disabled when ABS is activated.
Versatile suspension Given the Tucson’s broad mission both on the road and in natural terrain, it requires a versatile suspension system. A robust MacPherson strut front suspension is used in combination with a fully independent strut rear suspension system that uses tailing arms and multiple links to control wheel geometry precisely though the full range of suspension motion.
All four wheels are controlled by coil springs and fade-resistant gas charged dampers. In the interest of balancing the Tucson’s handling and minimizing body roll during cornering, front and rear stabilizer bars are standard on all trim levels. The final element in the Tucson’s handling dynamics is its responsive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering. With a tight 35.4-foot turning circle (measured curb to curb) the Tucson is easy to maneuver in parking lots and on backcountry trails.
CAREFUL ATTENTION TO NOISE REDUCTION
The Tucson employs a wide range of strategies to keep interior noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) to a minimum. Vertical and horizontal reinforcements in the instrument panel provide insulation in the front bulkhead and wheelhouses. The floor pan has complex curved sections stamped in to reduce flex and undesirable resonation while the door frames feature triple seals to reduce the intrusion of wind and road noise. The Tucson also uses a large electric radiator-cooling fan that minimizes the blade noise that can be particularly noticeable at low speed.
The new Tucson entry model for 2007 is the GLS, replacing last year’s GL model. It comes standard with a 2.0-liter inline four cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. Electronic Stability Control, traction control and ABS are standard, as are 16-inch alloy wheels, advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side-curtain airbags covering both rows of seating. The GLS also includes power windows, door locks and exterior mirrors and an 80-watt AM/FM/CD audio system. . Available upgrades include a four-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission, air conditioning, electronically controlled four-wheel drive (available only with manual transmission), cruise control and a 140-watt cassette/CD/MP3 audio system.
Upgrading to the new mid-range SE trim brings a 2.7-liter DOHC V-6 engine, four-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission, unique 16-inch double-spoke alloy wheels with 235/60R16 tires, bodyside cladding, foglights and bodycolored door handles and mirrors. Interior features include a leather-covered steering wheel and deluxe cloth seating surfaces. SE models also include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), air conditioning, cruise control and trip computer with two modes, which in addition to mpg and distance to empty, now include drive time and average speed. Late in 2006, the SE’s 140-watt AM/FM/cassette/CD/MP3 audio system with equalizer gets a boost from a new digital tuner along with improved display and control functionality. Options include electronically controlled four-wheel drive, power tilt-and-slide sunroof, heated front seats and an upgraded 200-watt AM/FM audio system with a six-disc in-dash CD changer, six speakers and subwoofer. TUCSON LIMITED
Moving up to the luxurious Limited, Tucson customers will enjoy leather seating surfaces and heated front seats. The Limited also has a monochromatic exterior appearance package, fully automatic temperature control with outside temperature display, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass, and rear cargo mat. The only options are electronically controlled four-wheel drive, a power tilt-and-slide sunroof and a 200-watt CD changer, with subwoofer.
ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES
Hyundai’s approach to combining state-of-the art safety and affordability is clearly evident in the Tucson. Its active safety technologies include four-wheel disc brakes controlled by advanced four-channel ABS that includes Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) to optimize brake performance with uneven weight distribution.
All Tucsons also have Electronic Stability Control (ESC) that includes traction control. ESC compares the driver’s intended course (based on steering and braking inputs) with the vehicle’s response (based on lateral acceleration, yaw, and individual wheel speeds). ESC then brakes individual front or rear wheels and/or reduces engine power as needed to help correct understeer (plowing) or oversteer (fishtailing). National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) studies show SUVs equipped with ESC experience 67 percent fewer single-vehicle crashes, and 63 percent fewer single-vehicle fatalities. In addition, a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that ESC reduces the risk of all fatal collisions by 43 percent and the risk of fatal single-vehicle rollovers of SUVs by 80 percent.
Should a collision prove unavoidable, the Tucson is engineered to provide its passengers with multiple defensive layers. The steel unibody has designed-in crumple zones and a high-tensile front sub-frame that are designed to work together to reduce the forces that reach the passenger compartment. To help resist intrusion, four structural rings encircle the body. All four doors also have internal guard beams to protect passengers in a side-impact collision. The Tucson has received the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) top five-star crash test rating for front and side impacts.
The Tucson’s passenger restraint systems also help minimize injury. Three-point belts are provided at all five seating positions, and the front seatbelts have pretensioners and load limiters. There are two outboard rear Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child-seat anchors.
A total of six airbags are positioned in the Tucson’s interior. Dual advanced frontal airbags are complemented by front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags that cover both the front and rear rows of seating. WARRANTY
The 2007 Hyundai Tucson is protected by the Hyundai Advantage, America’s Best Warranty™. Coverage includes five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and seven-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage. In addition, Tucson buyers receive 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five years (no mileage limit) and that service includes emergency towing, lockout service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses. There is no deductible on any of these coverages.
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 725 dealerships nationwide.