There are two different engines to choose from in the 2013 Hyundai Tuscon SUV, and although neither will win any races or blow you away with their towing capabilities, they are practical and reliable. The GL trim is a front-wheel drive that features a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine. Although a six-speed automatic transmission is available, many drivers may want to stick with the five-speed manual. This small engine only puts out 165 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque, but it does return23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. GLS and Limited models are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder paired up with a six-speed automatic to deliver 176 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque. Zero to 60 mph is achieved in 9.6 seconds, which isn’t bad and fuel-economy is still great at 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Front and all-wheel drive models are available. As for the ride, you will notice that the steering is nicely weighted to offer a true connection with road. The ride is fairly smooth, but it is a little firm, and there is a bit of body roll.
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• Navigation - The touchscreen navigation system will get you where you need to be in the shortest amount of time possible. NavTraffic offers real-time road conditions, which will help you avoid traffic jams.
• Proximity Key - Never fumble for your keys again. The proximity key actually recognizes your key fob. The push of a button can open the door and start your vehicle.
• Audio - A CD player, MP3 playback and USB connection complements the six-speaker system that operates on 160 watts of power. An upgraded system is available with an additional speaker.
When tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2013 Tucson received a “Good” rating in side, front and roof protection. Its braking capabilities were also put to the test and this crossover stopped from 60 mph in 123 feet. This is pretty average for this segment. Safety features worth mentioning include:
• Six airbags
• Hill start assist control
• Downhill brake control
• Traction control
• Four-wheel ABS
• Tire-pressure monitoring
• Whiplash protection system in front head restraints
• Child-seat anchors
• Emergency brakeforce distribution
• Stability control
• Front seatbelt pretensioners
• Dusk-sensing headlamps
• Engine immobilizer
• Rear door safety locks
• Emergency braking assist
The 2013 Hyundai Tucson is a good looking vehicle. It has sporty lines, an aerodynamic roof, rear spoiler and visual headlights that offer a sleek appeal. Add on the chrome-accented grille and door handles and if you have a vehicle that warrants a second glance by those it passes.
The first thing you notice when you enter the cabin is how expensive it looks. This interior is incredibly stylish; you would expect this in a vehicle with a higher MSRP. Gauges and controls are placed thoughtfully so everything is at your fingertips and easy to find without taking your eyes off the road for too long. The 2013 Tuscon does offer seating for five, but the rear seat is significantly smaller than others in this segment. Adults can still fit back there, but they won’t be very comfortable for a long ride.
Compared to CR-V and the Subaru Forester, the Tuscon really fails when it comes to cargo space. Behind the rear seat, there is 25.7 cubic feet, which is not horrible, but maximum cargo capacity behind the front seat is only 55.8 cubic feet.