NEW FOR 2015:

– No major changes.

With a brand new generation of the Tucson just around the corner, the 2015 model of Hyundai’s popular crossover carries over with no major changes. Last year saw many small updates that kept the value-oriented model in the game including new headlamps with LED daytime running lights, new wheel designs, plus a pair of new engines. The Tucson is one of the segment’s smaller vehicles, and has an agile car-like feel on the road. Last year’s fitment of Sachs dampers for most models improved comfort and roadholding.

Two engines are on offer to Tucson customers, both of which offer more power than most rivals. The base 2.0-litre engine in the Tucson develops 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, and can be had with one of the segment’s few remaining manual transmissions (FWD only) or a six-speed automatic (FWD or AWD). The larger 2.4L makes 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, and comes exclusively with a six-speed automatic. AWD is an option with this engine on the GL, and is standard on the Limited trim level. The system runs primarily in front-wheel but can be locked into 50/50 at speeds under 30 km/h.

Trim levels include GL, GLS, and Limited.

Features on the GL include 17-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, cloth seats and interior trim, 60/40 split-folding rear seats with two-stage recline, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary, USB, iPod, and aux-in ports, tilt steering wheel, downhill brake control, hill-start assist, driver’s auto-down window, rear spoiler, variable intermittent wipers, heated front seats, power heated mirrors, projector beam headlamps with LED daytime running lights, remote keyless entry with alarm, cruise control, trip computer.

GL A/T Package adds Active Eco system, Sachs amplitude reactive dampers, rear privacy glass, side garnish, satellite radio, and wiper de-icer. AWD is an option with the GL A/T Package.

The GLS builds on the GL A/T Package and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, satellite radio, body-colour mirrors, chrome accent grille and door handles, fog lights, cloth seats with leatherette bolsters, driver’s auto-up window, heated rear seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, tilt and telescoping steering column, illuminated sun visor, illuminated glove box, panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with integrated reverse camera, roof rack side rails. AWD is an option.

The Limited adds standard all-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels, eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, deluxe door scuff plates, driver selectable steering, dual-zone automatic climate control, clean air ionizer, garage door opener, 7.0-inch display audio system with navigation and reverse camera, leather upholstery, LED tail lights, mirror-mounted turn signal indicators, exterior temperature display, shark-fin antenna, solar glass, and supervision instrument cluster with 4.2-inch TFT display.

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