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2012 Hyundai Tucson

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2012 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson highlights

Customer reviews

3.9 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

4.5 out of 5


  • Strong value and good fuel economy
  • Smart styling throughout


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

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 29 highway, 25 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.

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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.
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RepairPal reliability rating**

RepairPal gave the Hyundai Tucson an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Hyundai Tucson 7th out of 26 among Compact SUVs.
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**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

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