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Kiplinger's Personal Finance Recognizes Hyundai Tucson As Best New Small Crossover For 2010

2010.06.15 00:00:00 No. 122



FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 15, 2009 – Hyundai’s sleek, new 2010 Tucson crossover was named a “Best New Crossover” in the “Small Crossovers” category by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The magazine named the top new models in eleven categories, and the Tucson topped competitors such as the Volvo XC60 and Mitsubishi Outlander.

“Hyundai’s new Tucson was clearly the best new model in its category,” said Jessica Anderson, associate editor, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “Hyundai’s smallest crossover got a significant redesign this year. Sharply creased sheet metal and a more aggressive stance turn heads, a bigger engine gives it more oomph, and more-generous proportions increase both cargo space and passenger room, especially in the second row.”

The top models in each category represent the best values based on Kiplinger’s ranking system. Kiplinger’s editors sort the new 2010 models by price and category then pit them against their peers, looking at performance, value, safety, roominess and driving impressions.

 “The Tucson combines dynamic, sculpted, performance-oriented styling with thoughtful everyday utility to create a vehicle that changes the way consumers, especially younger buyers, think about compact crossovers,” said Mike Nino, product planning manager, Hyundai Motor America. “Tucson sales are up 153 percent year over year and being named a ‘Best New Crossover’ by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is a further testament to Tucson’s incredible value.”

The all-new 2010 Tucson strikes a stark contrast from its predecessor and improves in every functional area, from its roomier cabin with extra cargo space to its leap in fuel economy and technology. Tucson features the company’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design language and is the first Hyundai CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) to be designed and engineered in Europe at Hyundai’s Frankfurt-based design and technical centers. It features precedent-setting engineering including advanced weight saving technology and the eco-efficient Theta II 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers up to 31 mpg on the highway. True to Hyundai form, the Tucson applies life-saving safety technologies as standard equipment while offering, for the first time, Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and Hillstart Assist Control (HAC). Likewise, to keep its passengers informed and comfortable Tucson integrates Hyundai’s first panoramic sunroof, touch-screen navigation and a Bluetooth® hands-free phone system.

The Tucson is loaded with life-saving standard safety features including ESC with traction control, six airbags and active front head restraints. Its braking system features four-wheel disc brakes controlled by an advanced four-channel ABS with Brake Assist, providing maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to optimize brake performance with uneven weight distribution.



Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through about 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

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