Good value for the price
The ESP light would turn on by itself, which indicates that the stability system is deactivated and not working. This happened from the very first day of purchase. I did not worry about it too much, because I do not care much for the system anyway. After a few years, the problem cured itself and the ESP light and system now works properly. I must admit that one time the system did keep me from skidding on a snowy road while braking suddenly.
Warranty repair last year of an oil leak coming from the transaxle. Dealership did not fix it properly on the first attempt. They did a good job on the second attempt.
After four years, the battery began to die intermittently. Not enough power to start the car. I replaced the battery, but the same problem continued to happen. The dealership did not know how to diagnose or repair the problem. I now carry a portable jump start unit just in case. I keep the automatic interior dome light turned off, and so far the battery is OK. I noticed when you shut the door, the interior dome light gradually dims and goes off. My assumption is that there is a solid state dome light controller that is continuing to drain power. If that is not it, maybe the remote door locks are sucking power.
These were the only three issues over 5 years.
I bought this Tucson 2.7L LX 4x4 new in 2005. Overall I like this vehicle.
The interior is well designed, the leather seats are comfortable. The suspension is soft like a car, which I like.
This vehicle is not suited for serious off road use. It is designed for snowy and muddy roads. There is very little ground clearance.
The power from the 2.7L is adequate in my opinion. I mostly use the manual shift option on my automatic. I can keep the engine in the power band, and acceleration is better controlled. I think the gas mileage is also improved by keeping the engine at a higher rpm in manual mode. If left in automatic mode, the engine is lugged down too much and the engine is not efficient.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th November, 2010