Hyundai Tucson Engine

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The Hyundai Tucson is manufactured by the Hyundai Motor Corporation of South Korea. Classified as a compact sport utility vehicle, the Tucson is marketed in Europe as the “ix35” and in Japan under the acronym “JM” for “Joyful Mover.”

First introduced in 2004 as part of the 2005 model year the vehicle is only available in the five-door SUV style and competes with the Honda CR-V among other vehicles in the compact and crossover SUV category.



The early American models of the Hyundai Tucson is available with limited engine options. The base model, known as the Tucson GLS, is available only with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine boasts about 140 horsepower. The SE and Limited edition versions Hyundai Tucson, both equipped with higher levels of trim and passenger amenities, feature a 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine. This engine offers drivers about 175 horsepower.

Since 2009 American buyers of the Tucson have choices of two four-cylinder gas engines. The 2.0-liter engine was available for front-wheel drive vehicles while the 2.4-liter engine is offered for the four-wheel drive versions.

International version of the Hyundai Tucson have offered diesel engines as options in the past. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel produces about 111 horsepower. Adding a turbo to the same basic diesel engine boosts horsepower to about 150.

Hyundai has also experimented with a fuel cell electric power train for the Hyundai Tucson. This vehicle uses hydrogen as a fuel which is processed into electricity to power electric motors to drive the vehicle. The fuel cell version of the Hyundai Tucson was shown at car shows in 2005 and subject to extensive public road tests in 2008. It is unknown if this version of the Tucson will ever be made available to the public.

The Hyundai Tucson has won multiple awards including the Canadian Car of the Year in the Crossover category in 2005 and a listing among the most reliable vehicles by Consumer Reports in 2009. Recent model years of the vehicle include innovative features designed to improve handling and safety. These enhancements won the vehicle a “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.