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Does What I Want
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By DAS
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2008 Hyundai Tucson SE 4dr SUV 4WD (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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We bought a used 2008 Hyundai Tucson 4x4, 2.7L V-6 last year from CarMax to replace our 2005 RAV4 after a wreck. So far, we are satisfied with the Tucson. I had a chance to try out the ABS, traction control, 4 wheel drive, and stability control several times this winter in New Mexico - it all works well. At 21k, the Bridgestones are already showing moderate wear, so we'll be looking at new tires probably by 30k or so. I'm not overly impressed with the 2.7L V-6. It's short on power and only averages around 19 to 20 mpg, giving us the power of a 4 and the mileage of a 6, the worst of both worlds. But it's reliable with no mechanical or quality issues. So far, so good.


Best Features

The safety features give us a confident feeling on the open road. The Tucson may not be in the same league nor command as much respect as the RAV4 and CRV, but for the money, it's a heck of a good value.


Worst Features

I've already mentioned the engine. I was initially impressed with the dual tailpipes in the rear until I got under the vehicle to check out the exhaust and other parts and pieces. I was amused to find that the exhaust is only a single pipe and large muffler, with two tailpipes exiting the rear.


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Great buy!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By DeeJai
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2008 Hyundai Tucson GLS 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my Hyndai Tucson in late '08 at a decent "end of model year" discount. This is by far the smallest, and only front wheel drive suv I have ever owned but it has proven it self very capable. I have taken it from Washington, to Utah, to Alaska, all the way up to Inuvik,NWT (look it up on a google) and then all the way to New York. It does amazingly well on snow (with some good snow tires)and even handles mud and dirt roads with ease. All around I'm sure glad I bought a Tucson!


Best Features

I love the way the shift is set up, night and high without taking up too much room as well as the great factory installed speakers. Just about everything in the vehicle is very well thought out.


Worst Features

A few complaints I have with this model: The center console is too far back if your on the shorter side making it hard to rest your arm.


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Comfy but not practical
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By nomer
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2008 Hyundai Tucson GLS 4dr SUV w/XM (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought this 10 months ago and am looking to trade it in even though I know I will take a loss. has tons of cargo space and leg room, but the motor works too hard. Doesn't feel like it shifts properly. Not very darty--takes a long time to accelerate. Gas mileage for me has been consistently at 18 miles and less. I have never gotten even 19 mile per gallon as stated. 14 gallon tank is small--feels like I am always at the gas station. radio and amenities are positioned well for a comfy ride. Great heat and A?C but is hard to hear radio over it--not strong speakers


Best Features

Roomy,with lots of storage. I love the color, too! It looks good! Unfortunately, good looks is about all it has going for it.


Worst Features

It needs a tougher exterior. It dings and dents very easily. Also, If I let the gas get too low, it will only fill up to 7 gallons. I think the sensor is broken. Overpriced for such a vehicle that does not seem too powerful, and is a gas hog, Blind spot is behind drivers seat.


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Not a bad ride
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By SLU2
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2008 Hyundai Tucson SE 4dr SUV 4WD (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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As much legroom as a Ford Explorer but much better fuel economy...


Best Features

Stylish and nimble handling. The V-6 has good power..


Worst Features

Automatic light sensing headlights and a compass and temp feature


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Best bang for the buck
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Craig
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2008 Hyundai Tucson GLS 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Purchased this SUV after having a 4 cyl 5 speed Sante Fe for 4 years & was quite happy with both service & reliability with Hyundai vehicles. Was looking for something comparable & found the 4 cyl 5 speed Tucson surprisingly similar to drive. Handles very well in the city with great gas mileage. Having purchased a front-wheel drive, a good set of snow tires handled winter driving in the snow well. The highway driving is very good but the engine works harder on hills with 4 passengers and a full load, which is to be expected. Interior noise is surprisingly quiet for a hard working engine as well as very smooth handling. Recommend this vehicle with anyone with kids.Trunk space is a minimum


Best Features

Low noise interior, Good road handling in all weather conditions. Recommend 5speed with a 4 cylinder. Excellent city driving & good highway driving.


Worst Features

Base model to have cruise control.


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