2012 Hyundai Tucson

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Hyundai Tucson highlights

Customer rating


  • Strong value and good fuel economy
  • Smart styling throughout


  • Larger rivals offer more practicality
  • Firm suspension compromises ride quality

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 27 highway, 23 combined

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2012 Hyundai Tucson is a top compact crossover pick

Value is not the 2012 Hyundai Tucson’s only selling point. Along with good levels of standard equipment across all models, the Tucson stands out among its rivals for delivering an enjoyable drive as well as competitive EPA-estimated fuel economy. The trade-off is that the Tucson isn’t quite as spacious as many of its rivals. Other compact crossovers, such as the Chevy Equinox, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4, deliver more accommodating rear seats and a more spacious and practical trunk.

Three trim levels are offered: GL, GLS, and Limited. The GL comes with the essentials, including satellite radio, air conditioning, keyless entry, iPod®/USB interface, and privacy glass. The GLS adds some desirable equipment such as alloy wheels, an upgraded suspension, cruise control, and Bluetooth®. The Limited ups the luxury, with larger 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, and power front seats. The GL is front-wheel-drive only and uses a 165 hp 2.0-liter engine mated to a five-speed automatic. The GLS and Premium get a 176 hp 2.4-liter engine with a six-speed automatic and the choice of either front- or all-wheel drive.

All Hyundai Tucson years

What is new for the 2012 Hyundai Tucson?

  • Tucson trims have been upgraded with Leatherette Seats as standard equipment this year.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson is a small SUV that is perfect for a woman. It is also great for traveling around town and for errands. The Tucson has a lot of clunk noises and the seats are below standard. The Tucson is a cute car with good gas mileage and a nice ride.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Hyundai Tucson an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Hyundai Tucson 10th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Hyundai Tucson features and specs

GL 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • 4WD/AWD
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


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Overall length






Leg room

F 42.1"/R 38.7"

Head room

F 39.4"/R 39.1"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



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