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Thinking of Buying a Tucson

Hey guys,

I am in the market for a new vehicle and am thinking of moving into an SUV from a small sporty car. I like the feeling of being up a little higher in traffic and I like Hyundai's quality in general based on my experiences with my parent's Sonata. I don't need a big SUV.

What is the difference between the Tucson Sport and the Santa Fe Sport? A salesman tried to tell me the Santa Fe Sport was smaller.

The Tucson Sport has a turbo engine. Do you notice turbo lag when you hit the gas? I drove a new VW with a similar size turbo engine and it was like 2 seconds before power would kick in!

If you select Sport drive mode does it remain on for the next time you get in to drive, or does it reset to normal when you turn the engine off?

How are the LED headlights compared to HID and normal ones? My current car has HID and it is so awesome I swore I'd never go back to old fashioned bulbs because the light at night is so bright but I was disappointed to see that Tucson does not have HID unless you go all the way to the very top model.

Do the 19" tires provide better handling than the base model?

Has anyone compared this to a Nissan Rogue? I'm worried about that CVT transmission but the Tucson has a funky double clutch; have they fixed the problems that it had?

Also, with only a 175hp engine and the size of this SUV do you feel it is underpowered?

I'd appreciate any input for someone new to the Tucson and SUVs in general, I need to buy something soon.
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I've got a 2016 AWD Limited and we've had it for a year now. I'll try and answer some of your questions.

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What is the difference between the Tucson Sport and the Santa Fe Sport? A salesman tried to tell me the Santa Fe Sport was smaller.
That's odd. I'm pretty sure the Sante Fe is larger. Can you see them side by side at the dealership?

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The Tucson Sport has a turbo engine. Do you notice turbo lag when you hit the gas?
Not that I notice. Power comes on smoothly and pretty quickly. The 7-Speed DCT goes through the gears pretty quick.

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If you select Sport drive mode does it remain on for the next time you get in to drive, or does it reset to normal when you turn the engine off?
Unfortunately, it returns to normal mode. I wish it would stay in sport!

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How are the LED headlights compared to HID and normal ones?
Got the HIDs on my limited, so can't really say. They are pretty darned good.

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Do the 19" tires provide better handling than the base model?
Never drove the base model, but I can say it handles very nicely with the 19" tires. Always have to keep in mind that this is a modern sub $40K SUV (ie glorified station wagon), not a Porsche Macan.

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Has anyone compared this to a Nissan Rogue? I'm worried about that CVT transmission but the Tucson has a funky double clutch; have they fixed the problems that it had?
Can't comment on the Rogue, but I really like the DCT. Ours has been reliable with only one issue caused by not knowing what not to do with a DCT. After the update a few months ago, our transmission became even smoother. It zips through the gears smoothly, and accelerates from a stop with no jerkiness or issues. I know others have had significant problem, but I think that big picture, they are a very small minority.

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Also, with only a 175hp engine and the size of this SUV do you feel it is underpowered?
Nope, not at all. Plenty of power for me. Again, it's not a Macan!

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I'd appreciate any input for someone new to the Tucson and SUVs in general, I need to buy something soon.
You have to go and test drive one extensively and see for yourself what you like. Drive it up hill, down hill, on a highway, on bumps, on twisty roads, etc. My wife drives our Tucson most of the time and I have my truck. Yesterday I was driving the Tucson for the first time in quite a while. We were on the highway in a pouring rain storm, and I looked down and noticed I was doing 140Kph (87mph). I had no idea I was going that fast. Despite the rain, the Tucson remained rock solid, smooth, stable and quiet. If you are able, I think it is worth getting the top of the line model or the next one down. We have the large panoramic sun roof and some other bells and whistles. I think it was worth it and we would miss them if they weren't there. We love our Tucson, and have absolutely zero regrets!
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As far as size goes, these screenshots are from the Hyundai Canada website.
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That's good info from vonJaerschky.

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What is the difference between the Tucson Sport and the Santa Fe Sport? A salesman tried to tell me the Santa Fe Sport was smaller.
That salesman should seek a new career. The Santa Fe is larger than the Tucson.

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The Tucson Sport has a turbo engine. Do you notice turbo lag when you hit the gas? I drove a new VW with a similar size turbo engine and it was like 2 seconds before power would kick in!
While the trim may be called "Sport," a Tucson is not a sports car. Don't expect sports car performance from a utility vehicle.

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If you select Sport drive mode does it remain on for the next time you get in to drive, or does it reset to normal when you turn the engine off?
Contrary to previous statement, I find that the selected drive mode remains static.

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Do the 19" tires provide better handling than the base model?
I find that the larger rims and tires provide a smoother ride.

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I'm worried about that CVT transmission but the Tucson has a funky double clutch; have they fixed the problems that it had?
My Tucson has received Recall #149 and the T1B Campaign update. While driving a car with a DCT is a bit different than a conventional automatic, mine is behaving very well now.

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Also, with only a 175hp engine and the size of this SUV do you feel it is underpowered?
"Only" 175 HP is plenty. Again, a Tucson is not a sports car.
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From your questions it sounds like you should find a different salesman or dealership.
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I hate salesmen who don't know their product. This guy also tried to tell me that they still have the Genesis Coupe.....

I realize its not a sports car. I would be giving up my 300hp. But I am not happy with Ford's quality. I want a well-built vehicle. I also like the "sporty" ride, with a tighter steering feel and better cornering. That said, another reason to look away from the CVT trans (as in the Nissan) is that its not that good for quick acceleration, its main strength is mpg.
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I noticed that the "Sport" model has most of the same features of the "Eco" model. So what is it about the Tucson Sport that makes it "Sport"? Is it just 19" wheels? Or is the suspension somehow tuned any different?
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I have a 2016 Limited Ultimate AWD. Like other members are stating, a long and thorough test drive will give you a much clearer picture of all the trim levels. As far as the "three" different driving modes, it will stay in "Eco" mode but if left in "Sport" it'll revert back to "Normal" upon restart. Again, this is the 2016 with three modes.
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hard to find a good salesman now a days..When we test drove cars last yr it was pretty obvious most are clueless and don't take the time to get and know the product...which is fine with me as it gives me no incentive to do business with them..just use them for a test drive and then do my "buying" online via emails.
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If you want something sitting higher up and sporty...try a Subaru Forster XT 250hp..downside is you have to use premium gas. I would recommend the Outback with the 3.6 but your sitting lower as one does in a sedan..but dont have to use premium gas.
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