"The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is a stylish, comfortable, surprisingly agile little SUV, but its size deficiency, mediocre gas mileage and worrisome crash-test ratings keep it from being a top choice," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.
Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman
If you're shopping for a compact SUV, the bevy of competitive options to choose from may overwhelm you. Since our last comparison test in 2012 new models from Jeep, Nissan and Toyota have gone on sale, and they're selling quite well.
One other thing that has changed recently: Most models in this segment come with relatively well-equipped base levels, or with just a few options selected. That makes finding the most affordable versions easier, but it's not a simple task.
We've done the hard part and compiled the right trim levels that deliver expected features in this class and included the cost of gas over five years to determine the most affordable compact SUV amongst the ranks.
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 137,500 model-year 2011-14 Hyundai Tucson vehicles manufactured Jan. 3, 2011, through Dec. 23, 2013.
The Problem: The airbag assembly may not have been properly mounted and could come loose. This could injure the driver in the event of a crash with airbag deployment.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.
What Owners Should Do: Hyundai will notify owners starting in June. Owners can call Hyundai at 800-633-5151 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.
Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.
The "car of the future" is now just a year away, according to Toyota. The automaker unveiled its hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Toyota says the FCV concept will be ready for launch as a production car as planned by 2015, making good on its promise to bring a convenient fuel-cell car to the mass market. Two versions of the concept are on display at CES, the camouflaged prototype that has undergone road testing for more than a year and a production-intent sedan painted Radiant Blue.
The FCV boasts a range of about 300 miles, a zero-to-60-mph time of about 10 seconds and a 3- to 5-minute refueling time. The FCV is powered by onboard sources of electricity generated from hydrogen and its only emissions are water vapor. Toyota has been developing the FCV for 11 years and in that time, it says, has driven more than a million test miles and dramatically reduced the size and weight of the powertrain system — as well as the costs of building it — while preserving the vehicle's power output of more than 100 kilowatts.
Competes with: Toyota RAV4 EV
Looks like: Your average, ordinary, everyday Hyundai Tucson
Drivetrain: Electric motor making 221 pounds-feet of torque, powered by an onboard hydrogen fuel cell and lithium-ion battery
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014, Los Angeles and Orange, Calif., counties only
For years we have seen concept car after concept car powered by hydrogen fuel cells - electric cars that use onboard sources of electricity generated from hydrogen instead of from a land-based grid. But now Hyundai says it is ready to offer a production-ready fuel-cell electric vehicle to the public as early as next year.
The company has built the powertrain into its Tucson compact SUV and has announced that the car will be available for lease by anyone who wants one starting in spring of 2014. The catch: It will only be available in Southern California to residents of Los Angeles and Orange counties. The move is meant to tie into a recent multimillion-dollar push by the state of California to proliferate hydrogen fueling stations throughout the region. It's a chicken-and-egg scenario - it's hard to introduce a production fuel-cell car without a hydrogen infrastructure to fuel it, but if there aren't any fuel-cell cars available for consumers to buy, there's little call to develop that infrastructure.
Honda today released a sketch of its new fuel-cell electric vehicle concept, which it plans to unveil Nov. 20 at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker says the Honda FCEV concept represents a potential styling direction for its new vehicle using the alternative fuel technology; Honda plans to begin selling the car in the U.S. by 2015.
"As we work toward the introduction of our next-generation fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, our long-term experience with fuel-cell technologies will help us pave a way towards a zero-emissions future," said Mike Accavitti, Honda senior vice president.
Most significant changes: New engines with gasoline direct injection; standard six-speed automatic transmission; automatically adjusting shock absorbers; AWD available on base GLS model
Price change: $550-$600 higher on SE and Limited
On sale: Early October
Which you should buy, 2013 or 2014? 2014. New engines, more standard features and prices are up roughly $550 to $600.
Hyundai's compact crossover SUV has two new engines for 2014 and a revised batch of trim levels to keep shoppers on their toes.
A base 2.0-liter four-cylinder generates 164 horsepower and is standard on the GLS, which is now the base trim level in the Tucson lineup. There is no GL model for 2014.
All models have a standard six-speed automatic transmission; last year's five-speed manual, which was only available on the GL, is no longer offered.
The SE is a new trim level and slots between the GLS and the top-shelf Limited. It is equipped similarly to last year's GLS. Confused yet?
Less than a month after labor unions in Korea voted to strike over stalled wage negotiations at Hyundai, the automaker reached an agreement with Korean autoworkers that could resume production in a matter of days. The Detroit News reports the strike, which began Aug. 20, has cost Hyundai more than 50,000 cars and some $910 million at current exchange rates in lost production.
Hyundai's Kia affiliate remains in negotiations. Resumed Korean production for both brands would raise supply for more than 40% of Hyundai-Kia's U.S. sales, including cars like the Hyundai Accent, Tucson and Genesis. Automotive News reports Hyundai-Kia's U.S. inventory declined to a 41-day supply on Aug. 1, down from July's 46-day stock. Both figures are well below the industry average, which was 56 days on Aug. 1. Automotive News has yet to report Hyundai-Kia's September inventory.
The Detroit News says Hyundai's 46,000 union members will vote Sept. 9 on the agreement, in which Hyundai agreed to raise base salaries and pay onetime bonuses. Hyundai-Kia's U.S. facilities in Alabama and Georgia haven't been affected. Should the vote pass, the strike would be shorter than Hyundai-Kia's 2012 strike overseas, which lasted from July to September 2012.
Hyundai-Kia's troubled home-turf labor relations continue. The latest chapter has Korean labor unions voting to strike over wage and benefit disputes with the South Korean automaker. The result could mean a production stoppage in its home country.
Hyundai-Kia, which together rank fifth in global sales, is the sixth on the U.S. sales pole, with year-to-date sales down 0.3%. Still, the automaker builds popular cars like the Hyundai Elantra and Sonata, as well as the Kia Optima and Soul. All four rank in the top 35 best-sellers so far this year — and although the automaker operates two assembly plants in the U.S., all Soul and a significant chunk of Optima, Elantra and Sonata vehicles hail from South Korea. A production stoppage could hamstring dealer supply in a matter of weeks.
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