Hyundai didn’t need an award to know that their 2010 Tucson is an awesome ride and can compete with anything on the market � but it’s nice to hear just the same. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named the 2010 Tucson the �Best New Crossover� in the Small Crossovers category.
The magazine annually names top models in 11 different categories and Tucson beat out models like Mitsubishi Outlander and Volvo XC60 to get the honor. Chicago used Hyundai dealers are convinced that Tucson deserved the honor.
�Hyundai’s new Tucson was clearly the best new model in its category,� said Jessica Anderson, associate editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. �Hyundai’s smallest crossover got a significant redesign this year. Sharply creased sheet metal and a more aggressive stance turn heads, a bigger engine gives it more oomph, and more-generous proportions increase both cargo space and passenger room, especially in the second row.�
Kiplinger’s chooses the top models based on price, performance, safety, value, driving impressions and roominess. The editors consider all these factors and then compare like models to choose which brand deserves the title. Your used Hyundai Chicago dealer couldn’t agree more.
Mike Nino, a Hyundai planning manager, said, �The Tucson combines dynamic, sculpted, performance-oriented styling with thoughtful everyday utility to create a vehicle that changes the way consumers, especially younger buyers, think about compact crossovers.�
Tucson sales were up 153 percent over last year, Nino added, and he believed that being named to the Kiplinger’s list will only increase interest and sales. Chicago used Hyundai and new Hyundai dealers expect increased sales for the rest of the summer.
The 2010 Tucson is a big change from the previous model, with improvements spilling out of its very roomy cabin. The extra cargo space is just the beginning, though. A big jump in fuel economy and added technology will be the factors that get customers to the showroom so they can experience the roomy cabin for themselves.
With an exterior that makes use of Hyundai’s �Fluidic Sculpture� design, it was actually the first Hyundai crossover designed and engineered in Europe at the Hyundai design and technical center in Frankfurt. Using weight-saving lightweight parts and green Theta II 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine it can get up to 31 mpg on the highway.
Safety technology is ever-present with the new Downhill Brake Control, Hillstart Assist Control, six airbags and active front head restraints, ESC with traction control, four-wheel disc brakes with advanced four-channel ABS and Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution.
Just for fun Hyundai worked in a touch-screen navigation system, Bluetooth hands-free phone and its first panoramic sunroof. This last feature will help the model compete, as the panoramic sunroof is showing up on a lot of similar competitors’ models. Used Hyundai Chicago customers will appreciate all the upgrades.