2008 Hyundai Tucson  -  $17,895

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $17,895
Base Invoice: $17,369
Destination Charge: $660
Options: $0
Trim: FWD 4dr I4 Man GLS *Ltd Avail*
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 20 | Hwy: 25
Body Style: FWD 4dr I4 Man GLS *Ltd Avail*
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
Engine: 2.0L DOHC MPI CVVT 16-valve I4 engine


Low price; good fuel efficiency; solid ride; loaded with safety features.

Model Highlights

The Hyundai Tucson is offered in three different trims for 2008: the basic, budget-priced GLS; the SE, which incorporates a lot of popular equipment; and the Limited, which adds a long list of additional features and is almost worthy of being called a luxury vehicle.

A 140-horsepower, 2.0L four-cylinder engine is standard on the Tucson GLS, while a 173-horsepower, 2.7L V6 standard on the SE and Limited. The four-cylinder can be paired with a five-speed manual transmission, but the V6 gets a standard four-speed automatic.

SE and Limited models can be equipped with the Electronic Torque Management all-wheel drive system, which sends up to 99 percent of power to the front wheels but can send as much as 50 percent to the rear wheels when it's needed. The system operates seamlessly by factoring in throttle position and steering-wheel angle as well as wheel slippage.

Electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, front seat-mounted side air bags, active front head restraints, and side curtain air bags that cover both rows of seating are all standard across the model line.

There's seating for five, and the rear seat is split 60/40 and folds forward easily to expand cargo space. The front passenger seat can also fold forward or backward for especially long objects. Six tie-down points are provided, and the cargo floor is an easy-to-clean smooth material. As with most other crossover SUVs, the back hatch lifts up, but there's also a flip-up rear window that allows convenient loading.

Standard equipment on the GLS and the entire line includes 16-inch alloy wheels, an 80-watt CD audio system, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. Later in the model year XM satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack will join the list of features. SE models bring a sportier appearance with bodyside cladding, fog lamps, and body-colored handles and mirrors, plus air conditioning, cruise control, a trip computer, and 140-watt CD/cassette sound system. At the top of the range is the Limited, including heated leather seats, automatic climate control, and a six-disc CD changer system with subwoofer. A power sunroof is optional.

Model News

Active head restraints join the Hyundai Tucson's already long list of standard features for 2008, and XM satellite radio and an auxiliary audio input join the list of standard features later in the model year. Also, a six-disc CD changer is now standard on the Limited model, and a new black leather interior replaces last year's gray leather.

Value Writeup

The 2008 Hyundai Tucson is a very strong value, offering both a lower price and more standard features than several other vehicles in its class, including a full roster of safety features. It also has respectable fuel economy, with an EPA highway rating of up to 25 mpg, and a good ride relative to more trucklike sport-utilities. According to Hyundai, the Tucson is the only crossover SUV in its class with standard XM satellite radio and an auxiliary audio input (features added in the middle of the model year).

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
25 MPG

Cruising Range - City
306.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
20 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
382.50 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4500

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Total Cooling System Capacity
6.4 qts

EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
102.6 ft³

Front Head Room
40.3 in

Front Leg Room
42.1 in

Front Shoulder Room
56.6 in

Front Hip Room
52.4 in

Second Head Room
38.8 in

Second Leg Room
37.2 in

Second Shoulder Room
56.3 in

Second Hip Room
51.2 in

103.5 in

Length, Overall
170.3 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
70.7 in

Height, Overall
68.1 in

Track Width, Front
60.6 in

Track Width, Rear
60.6 in

Min Ground Clearance
7.7 in

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
65.5 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
22.7 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3240 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
1500 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
150 lbs

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
0.83 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.55 in

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
16 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
16 x -TBD- in

Spare Wheel Size
16 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
35.4 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.0 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.3 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
15.3 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km


Mfg's Report Date
APR 01, 2013


Potential Number of Units Affected

Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Accent, model year 2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Sante Fe,2006-2011 Tucson, 2009-2011 Elantra Touring, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2008-2011 Veracruz, 2009-2011 Genesis, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-2008 Entourage, and 2006-2008 Tiburon vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Hyundai recalled 1,059,824 model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. In September 2013, Hyundai informed the agency that it was adding more vehicles to this campaign, representing an additional 652,512 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,712,336. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the crui...

Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of Park without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

2.0L DOHC MPI CVVT 16-valve I4 engine

5-speed manual transmission w/OD

Clutch lock

Traction control system (TCS) w/electronic stability control (ESC)

Front wheel drive

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension

Independent multi-link rear suspension

Front/rear stabilizer bars

P215/65R16 all-season tires

16" 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels

Compact spare tire

Pwr rack & pinion steering

Front vented/rear solid disc brakes

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD), brake assist

Roof rack side rails

Body-color bumpers

Black grille w/chrome accents

Black pwr heated mirrors

Tinted glass w/sunshade band

Privacy glass B-pillar rearward

Variable intermittent front windshield wipers w/washer

Flip open rear glass

Intermittent rear wiper w/washer

Cloth front bucket seats-inc: 8-way adjustable driver seat, fold-flat passenger seat, active head restraints, adjustable driver lumbar support

Rear 60/40 split-folding seat-inc: fold-flat seatbacks

Front console-inc: adjustable height armrest, 2-tier storage, (2) cup holders

Rear center armrest w/(2) cup holders

Deluxe cut-pile carpeting

4-spoke tilt steering wheel

Instrumentation-inc: tachometer, coolant temp

Tire pressure monitor

Warning lights-inc: oil pressure, battery, brake, door/liftgate/flip-up glass ajar, check engine

Pwr windows-inc: illuminated switches, driver auto-down, lockout

Pwr door locks

Remote keyless entry system w/alarm

Hood/fuel filler door remote release

AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers

Rear window defroster w/timer

Digital clock

Lockable/dividable glove box

Pwr outlets-inc: (1) dash, (1) cargo, (1) rear center console

Overhead console w/sunglass storage

Driver/front passenger extendable sunvisors w/vanity mirrors, ticket holders

(3) assist grips

Lighting-inc: dome w/delay off, (2) map lights in overhead console, glove box, (2) cargo

Seatback pockets

(2) coat hooks

Underfloor cargo storage tray

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD), brake assist

Dual advanced front air bags

Front seat-mounted side-impact air bags

Front/rear roof-mounted side curtain air bags

3-point ELR front seatbelts-inc: adjustable front shoulder belt anchors, pretensioners, force limiters

3-point rear seatbelts

Child-proof rear door locks

(2) rear outboard lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) system

Clutch lock

Traction control system (TCS) w/electronic stability control (ESC)

Energy-absorbing steering column

Body-side reinforcements

Front/rear crumple zones

Hood buckling creases/safety stops













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