The thing you need to know about the compact crossover market is that it is a crowded market. For years, Hyundai’s Tucson tried to make waves but it ended up underwhelming most car critics. Then in 2010, Hyundai went with a complete redesign and made the Tucson one of the bestselling compact crossovers of the year. And the 2012 Hyundai Tucson aims to keep on that grand tradition. The transformation behind the 2012 Hyundai Tucson is nothing short of dramatic. With a daring sheetmetal, a fluidic sculpture that strives to define how future compact crossovers are designed, and lots of curves and swelling along the crests and fenders of both front and rear ends, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson possesses an exterior design that feels avant garde.
Inside, the design is just a tad shade less daring, with a large LCD screen and sharp-looking dashboard worthy of the Hyundai name.
Under the hood, the components are just as worthy. The 2012 Hyundai Tucson comes packed with 2.0 liter four cylinder engine running at 165 horsepower, either six speed automatic or five speed manual transmission, at base versions.
According to test drives both transmissions work without a hitch, but the automatic transmission takes the cake for clean gear changes and improves gas mileage. The bigger version of the 2012 Hyundai Tucson, on the other hand, is fitted with a 2.4 liter four cylinder capping at higher 176 horsepower, for those who desire the extra pull when climbing steep slopes and hill roads.
The 2012 Hyundai Tucson is a powerful compact crossover that offers both size and value. You would do well to check it out.