- - Thursday, July 12, 2012

For the 2013 model year, Hyundai further delights Tucson shoppers by increasing the number of standard features on both Tucson GLS and the top-of-the-line Tucson Limited. The fast growing compact crossover segment now demands comfort features once belonging only to luxury models and favors miles per gallon over miles per hour. The new standard features on Tucson GLS are fog lights, automatic headlight control and heated front seats. The Limited trim level gains proximity key entry with push button start. Tucson packages these luxury comfort features with up to 32 mpg on the highway (EPA estimate) and a distinctive design making it a sophisticated CUV for active lifestyles, with a compact size ideal for singles and couples.

Model Year Changes For 2013 Tucson

Heated front seats on GLS FWD (already standard on GLS AWD from 2012)

Proximity key entry with push button start on Limited trim

Fog lights on GLS

Automatic headlight control on GLS

All of these upgrades help illustrate why more customers are discovering how well Tucson stacks up against the competition. Tucson GLS and Limited are more fuel-efficient on the highway than the Honda CRV, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape four-cylinder equipped models. Tucson accomplishes this while having a longer wheelbase than Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Subaru Forester. The stylish and fuel efficient Tucson has a spot on Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Award Top 10 list and Tucson GLS A/T also has a higher 36-month residual value than Toyota RAV4, further demonstrating that Tucson is one of the smartest compact crossover choices available.

The Tucson features precedent-setting engineering including advanced weight saving technology and two eco-efficient Theta II four-cylinder engines delivering up to 32 mpg on the highway. True to Hyundai form, Tucson applies advanced technologies as standard equipment such as Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and Hillstart Assist Control (HAC). Likewise, to keep its passengers informed and comfortable, Tucson also has an optional panoramic sunroof, touch-screen navigation and a Bluetooth hands-free phone system.

FUEL ECONOMY INNOVATIONS?Tucson automatic transmission models feature Hyundai’s Active ECO System. Active ECO modifies engine and transmission control to smooth out throttle response. By turning on Active ECO, drivers can realize up to a seven percent increase in real-world fuel economy.

The GL manual transmission model has a shift indicator to inform drivers of the optimal time to upshift and downshift. Fuel savings in the seven to nine percent range are attainable using the manual Eco Gear Shift Indicator.

CHOICE OF TWO POWERFUL AND FUEL-EFFICIENT POWERTRAINS?The entry-level Tucson GL is equipped with a high output 2.0-liter Theta II four-cylinder engine that produces 165 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 146 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm. Fuel economy estimates for the Tucson GL FWD model with available six speed automatic transmission SHIFTRONIC are 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway. The FWD five-speed manual transmission model gets an estimated 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway. The 2.0-liter Theta-II also offers Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) (intake and exhaust camshaft phaser). Major features include the application of a two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) which enables switching between long and short intake runners resulting in an across-the-board performance increase. To reduce internal friction, engineers have applied a Diamond-Like-Coating (DLC) to the top surface of the valve tappets resulting in improved fuel efficiency. Engineers also expended considerable time and effort optimizing the oil pressure to achieve an ideal balance between durability and fuel economy.

Tucson GLS and Limited models feature the Theta II 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine. The Theta II is rated at an 176 horsepower and 168 lb.-ft. of torque. This high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine features CVVT on both camshafts and a VIS for better engine breathing. In the green states, the 2013 Tucson GLS and Limited models are certified as Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV) which means they are as clean as many hybrids. Tucson GLS and Limited boast an impressive estimated 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway fuel economy rating with the six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and FWD. Tucson GLS models also feature Low Rolling Resistance (LRR) silica tires to contribute to the outstanding fuel economy. With AWD, Tucson delivers an estimated 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway, exceeding many competitors’ AWD versions.

Two Available Transmissions:

Hyundai’s commitment to making Tucson extremely fuel efficient continues through the availability of two transmissions: a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control and a five-speed manual transmission.

Hyundai’s six-speed automatic transaxle helps the company meet its goals of improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. For the customer, the six-speed delivers a performance edge while helping improve highway fuel economy. There is no dipstick in the transmission gearbox. Instead it is filled with automatic transmission fluid that isgood for the life of the vehicle under normal usage conditions, thereby reducingmaintenance costs.

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