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2008 Hyundai Tucson

$2,297 — $10,945 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
20-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Easy to drive
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Abundant safety features
  • Folding front passenger seat
  • Excellent warranty

The Bad

  • Ride comfort on rougher surfaces
  • Occasional tire and engine noise
  • Serious noise at highway speeds
  • No power seat option
  • Vanity mirrors not illuminated
  • Rear backrest adjustment hard to reach
2008 Hyundai Tucson exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2008 Hyundai Tucson
  • Six standard airbags
  • Standard stability system
  • Standard ABS
  • AWD optional
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Tucson is Hyundai's smallest SUV, intended to compete with the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. The 2008 model adds active head restraints and an upgraded stereo.

Trim levels include the GLS, SE and Limited. Either a four-cylinder or V-6 engine can be installed, and a manual transmission is available for four-cylinder models. Both versions can be equipped with front-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive. Side-impact and side curtain airbags are standard, giving the Tucson a total of six airbags.


Exterior
Hyundai says the Tucson has a masculine, athletic appearance. SE and Limited models feature bodyside cladding. Wraparound headlights and an LED-type center brake light are installed. A single-bar grille contains the Hyundai logo.

Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires. Fog lamps are installed on the SE and Limited, and a moonroof is optional. Riding a 103.5-inch wheelbase, the Tucson is 170.3 inches long overall and 66.1 inches tall (not counting the roof rack).


Interior
The Tucson's five-passenger interior includes a 60/40-split flat-folding rear seat. The fully reclining front passenger seat can be folded forward. The plastic cargo floor has multiple tie-down locations. Cargo space is 22.7 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 65.5 cubic feet with the seat down.

Standard equipment includes power windows and locks, heated mirrors, keyless entry with an alarm, an intermittent rear wiper and a six-speaker CD stereo. For 2008, the stereo adds an auxiliary MP3 jack ...
Vehicle Overview
The Tucson is Hyundai's smallest SUV, intended to compete with the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. The 2008 model adds active head restraints and an upgraded stereo.

Trim levels include the GLS, SE and Limited. Either a four-cylinder or V-6 engine can be installed, and a manual transmission is available for four-cylinder models. Both versions can be equipped with front-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive. Side-impact and side curtain airbags are standard, giving the Tucson a total of six airbags.


Exterior
Hyundai says the Tucson has a masculine, athletic appearance. SE and Limited models feature bodyside cladding. Wraparound headlights and an LED-type center brake light are installed. A single-bar grille contains the Hyundai logo.

Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires. Fog lamps are installed on the SE and Limited, and a moonroof is optional. Riding a 103.5-inch wheelbase, the Tucson is 170.3 inches long overall and 66.1 inches tall (not counting the roof rack).


Interior
The Tucson's five-passenger interior includes a 60/40-split flat-folding rear seat. The fully reclining front passenger seat can be folded forward. The plastic cargo floor has multiple tie-down locations. Cargo space is 22.7 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 65.5 cubic feet with the seat down.

Standard equipment includes power windows and locks, heated mirrors, keyless entry with an alarm, an intermittent rear wiper and a six-speaker CD stereo. For 2008, the stereo adds an auxiliary MP3 jack and XM Satellite Radio, with free service for three months. Available features on other trims include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, air conditioning and cruise control. Fully loaded Tucsons have heated leather seats, automatic climate control and a six-CD stereo. All models have an easy-to-clean composite cargo floor.


Under the Hood
A standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing delivers 140 horsepower. Either a Shiftronic four-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual gearbox can be installed. In uplevel trims, an available 2.7-liter V-6 engine — offered only with the automatic — generates 173 hp.

The available four-wheel-drive system can divert up to 50 percent of available power to the rear wheels in response to changing road conditions or torque demand. A button lets the driver lock the driveline into a 50/50 torque split.


Safety
Side curtain airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags, an electronic stability system and all-disc antilock brakes with traction control are standard. For 2008, new active front head restraints move forward in a rear impact to protect against whiplash.

Driving Impressions
Tucsons lean toward the cushiony end of the ride-and-handling spectrum, rather than the sporty side. The ride is pleasantly smooth on most surfaces, but undulating pavement and even moderate bumps can transmit some roughness to occupants. The Tucson is easy to drive and requires little correction on straightaways, but handling is relatively humdrum compared to the Ford Escape.

Tire noise is noticeable on some surfaces, and some engine buzz is apparent in lower gears in models with the manual transmission. Otherwise, the Tucson is impressively quiet.

The seats are quite supportive and reasonably comfortable. Cargo space falls short of the Santa Fe's, but the area is easy to access. Thick D-pillars block over-the-shoulder views a bit, but visibility is otherwise satisfying because of the long glass in the rear doors.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
12 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Great SUV for the money

by Mountain living from Asheville NC on August 1, 2018

This car has always been dependable great for winter driving holds to roads well. Very low maintenance comfortable ride lots of cargo space to use. Read full review

(3.0)

Good car for a long time

by Hmommy123 on July 7, 2018

This car stayed really nice and I drove it for over ten years. It was comfortable and never broke down. Good car for a small family. Good car for dog owners. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2008 Hyundai Tucson currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2008 Hyundai Tucson has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tucson received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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