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2009 Hyundai Tucson

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$3,622 — $10,162 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
20-23 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
  • 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

What to Know

about the 2009 Hyundai Tucson
  • Six standard airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Standard ABS
  • AWD optional
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • Improved fuel economy

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview
The Tucson is Hyundai’s smallest SUV, intended to compete with the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. Trim levels include the GLS, SE and Limited. There is a choice of either a four-cylinder or V-6 engine, and a manual transmission is available for four-cylinder models. Both versions can be equipped with front-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive. The Tucson seats five.

New for 2009
The Tucson gets a bolder front grille and rear treatment, a tweaked transmission management system and torque converter said to improve fuel economy. Upper-level models gain standard luxury features.

Exterior
A single-bar grille contains the Hyundai logo. Riding a 103.5-inch wheelbase, the Tucson is 170.3 inches long and 66.1 inches tall. The base GLS is 70.7 inches wide, but the uplevel versions have plastic wheel-well flares for a rugged appearance, extending the width to 72.1 inches. Compared to its Ford and Honda competitors, the Tucson is the shortest in length but close in width. With the roof rails, the Tucson stands 2 inches taller than the CR-V.

  • Standard 16-inch alloy wheels
  • New, bolder front grille and rear treatment
  • Fog lamps on SE and Limited
  • Power sunroof standard on Limited V-6 models

Interior
The Tucson’s five-passenger interior has 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat up and 65.5 cubic feet with the seat down. Standard equipment includes power windows and locks, heated mirrors, air conditioning and an intermittent rear wiper. Available ...

Vehicle Overview
The Tucson is Hyundai’s smallest SUV, intended to compete with the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. Trim levels include the GLS, SE and Limited. There is a choice of either a four-cylinder or V-6 engine, and a manual transmission is available for four-cylinder models. Both versions can be equipped with front-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive. The Tucson seats five.

New for 2009
The Tucson gets a bolder front grille and rear treatment, a tweaked transmission management system and torque converter said to improve fuel economy. Upper-level models gain standard luxury features.

Exterior
A single-bar grille contains the Hyundai logo. Riding a 103.5-inch wheelbase, the Tucson is 170.3 inches long and 66.1 inches tall. The base GLS is 70.7 inches wide, but the uplevel versions have plastic wheel-well flares for a rugged appearance, extending the width to 72.1 inches. Compared to its Ford and Honda competitors, the Tucson is the shortest in length but close in width. With the roof rails, the Tucson stands 2 inches taller than the CR-V.

  • Standard 16-inch alloy wheels
  • New, bolder front grille and rear treatment
  • Fog lamps on SE and Limited
  • Power sunroof standard on Limited V-6 models

Interior
The Tucson’s five-passenger interior has 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat up and 65.5 cubic feet with the seat down. Standard equipment includes power windows and locks, heated mirrors, air conditioning and an intermittent rear wiper. Available features on other trims include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry with alarm and cruise control. Fully loaded Tucsons have heated leather seats, automatic climate control and a six-CD stereo. A new 200-watt Kenwood Navigation/Audio system with 700 MB of internal memory, SD card slot, and touch-screen functionality is standard on the Limited and optional on the GLS and SE.

  • 60/40-split flat-folding rear seat
  • Easy-to-clean plastic cargo floor with multiple tie-down locations
  • Standard AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input jack

Under the Hood
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses continuously variable valve timing is standard. In uplevel trims, a 2.7-liter V-6 engine is offered. 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. Hyundai says engine improvements and the transmission management system should improve fuel economy for the four-cylinder engine and increase city mileage for all-wheel-drive V-6 models.

  • 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 136 pounds-feet of torque
  • 173-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 with 178 pounds-feet of torque
  • Shiftronic four-speed automatic or five-speed manual
  • B&M Racing Sport Shifter for manual transmission

Safety
Standard features include:

  • Side curtain airbags

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
19 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(4.0)

Super reliable small SUV

by Graham from FLINDERS on February 11, 2019

I've owned a 2009 2.0 lt 5 speed manual Hyundai Tucson since new. It had a small vibration in 3rd gear the day I drove it out of the dealership....it was a fault with this model which was raised at a ... Read full review

(4.0)

Bad experience but love our Tucson !!!

by Carol from Trepassey, Nl. Canada on November 8, 2018

when we had 82000 klm. on our car a bolt came loose and came up through the motor and killed the motor . We had to replace the motor . Major expense , we can't afford to sell it now . We need to get ... Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2009 Hyundai Tucson currently has 1 recall


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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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