The Hyundai Tucson 2013 has recently hit the market and overall, same as last year the crossover boasts pretty much the same qualities including high fuel efficiency, but also brings lots of improvements upon the 2012 model including a more efficient AC system and better throttle response just to name a few.
The 2013 crossover is offered in three trim levels, the GL, GLS and Limited. The Tucson is motivated by either a 2.0 liter engine on the GL, or a 2.4 liter unit on the GLS and Limitedtrim levels. The smaller engine develops 165 horsepower and comes with a 5-speed manual transmission as a standard, or a 6-speed automatic Shiftronic gearbox as an option. The GLcomes with front-wheel drive only, all-wheel drive system being offered only in the GLS andLimited trim levels as an option.
Both the GLS and Limited versions are powered by the 2.4 liter engine mated with the 6-speed automatic as a standard. Manual transmission is not available on these two variants and the package is able to develop 176 horsepower.
In terms of fuel efficiency the 2.0 liter version is able to cover 20 / 27 mpg city / highway on manual transmission and 23 / 31 mpg on automatic. The 2.4 liter variant is able to cover 22 / 32 mpg with FWD, and 21 / 28 mpg with AWD.
In terms of safety equipment the Tucson is quite generous and regardless of whether you choose the GL or the Limited, all safety features come as a standard, including the electronic stability control, brake assist, downhill brake control, hillstart assist control, ABS, advanced dual front airbags alongside dual front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, active front head restraints, tire pressure monitoring system and 3-point front seatbelts.
In terms of equipment, the list of standards offered on the less costly variant includes power windows, 6-way adjustable driver seat, air conditioning, center armrest with storage compartment, 4 cupholders, 4 door bottle holders, iPod, AUX and USB connectivity, a 6-seaker audio system, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats and a three 12-volt outlets.
Some of the more notable standard features added by the GLS and Limited versions include dual automatic temperature control with CleanAir Ionizer, Proximity Key with push-start button, leatherette/cloth or leather upholstery, an 8-way driver seat with power lumbar support (exclusively on the Limited) and premium door scuff plates.
Optional extras available solely for the Limited variant include a touchscreen navigation system, rearview camera and a 360-watt 7-speaker audio system.
That pretty much sums it all up. In case the Hyundai Tucson 2013 is right up your alley then you should know that the GL has a base price of $19,245, whereas the Limited starts off at $25,445. However, if this particular crossover is not what you're looking for then you might be interested in the Ford Escape 2013, the Subaru Forester or the Toyota RAV4 EV 2013.