By on December 3, 2009

tucson1Hyundai’s new 2010 Tucson has landed in LA. Basically the same as the model dropped at Frankfurt a short while ago, it’s a total refresh of the Tucson that leaped Hyundai into the CUV market in 2005. We all know that Hyundai has built their lineup on copying the basics from Japan while adding value and flair, and the Tucson is no different. The CUV’s lines are more than a little reminiscent of the Lexus RX, for about half the price. New for 2010 Hyundai is touting the Tucson’s 31 mpg on the highway, 61 lb lighter kerb weight, panoramic sunroof, and long overdue bluetooth and larger screen navigation system. Like it’s Sonata sibling the Tucson gets only the Theta II direct injection four pot mated to their new 6 speed transmission.

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10 Comments on “LA Auto Show: 2010 Hyundai Tucson...”


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    dwford

    At my dealership we can’t wait until these start arriving. Customers are already asking for them!

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    ttacgreg

    Umm just what is “kerb” weight?

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    srogers

    That’s English for curb weight.

  • avatar
    Cammy Corrigan

    In other words, it’s the correct way of spelling “curb”.

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    superbadd75

    Of all the CUVs out there to crib design from, they chose the Tribeca? Wow.

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    mrh1965

    I believe its engine is port injected, not direct injected.  Makes about 20 less horsepower than the Sonata.
     
     

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    don1967

    @superbadd75,
     
    If the Tucson is cribbing the Tribeca, then the Tribeca (at least in its current post-vagina form)  is cribbing the Santa Fe.    And so what?  There are only so many ways to style a two-box CUV.
     
    To Hyundai’s credit, its products are not entirely derivative anymore.  Those swoopy fender curves provide a uniquely Korean family resemblance across most of its product line, from sports cars to CUVs.

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      DisturbedDriver

      To Hyundai’s credit, its products are not entirely derivative anymore.  Those swoopy fender curves provide a uniquely Korean family resemblance across most of its product line, from sports cars to CUVs.
       
      Quote of the day, and you are correct.  I’m noticing that the way Hyundai implements the fluidic sculpture design is becoming increasingly distinct.  All the haters can keep on cherrypicking other cars that Hyundai supposedly takes cues from.  The funny part is there’s hardly ever agreement on who they’re copying…if they’re even copying anymore.


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