2. Strange Behaviour
As the absolute base model, the manual-equipped Tucson is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. Only offered with front-wheel drive, the 3,145-lb crossover is lighter than the 3,232-lb automatic-equipped front-wheel drive GLS Tucson.
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So this should make it faster right? Well, not exactly. Like a bear cub emerging from its cave for the first time, engaging any gear produces an initial burst of excitement followed by reluctant hesitation. The engine feels like it’s programed to bog down momentarily before full power resumes. It doesn’t matter which gear, at what rpm or at what speed, the Tucson is never makes full power right off the bat. Our suspicion is that this is a fail-safe device to protect the engine, transmission, clutch or all three. With power output low to begin with, the bogging situation makes it near impossible to leave from a dead stop with any enthusiasm.