Hyundais sleek, new 2010 Tucson crossover was named a Best New Crossover in the Small Crossovers category by Kiplingers 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.

Hyundais new Tucson was clearly the best new model in its category, said Jessica Anderson, associate editor, Kiplingers Personal Finance. Hyundais 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 Kiplingers ranking system. Kiplingers 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 Kiplingers Personal Finance is a further testament to Tucsons 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 companys Fluidic Sculpture design language and is the first Hyundai CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) to be designed and engineered in Europe at Hyundais 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 Hyundais 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.

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(From left) Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Drive Time columnist Jessica Anderson, Director of Product Planning Scott Margason, Managers of Product Planning Mike Nino and Henry Craner, and President CEO John Krafcik

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