2013 Hyundai Tucson GL
- MSRP: $20,595
- Safety rating: Top Safety Pick
- Estimated mpg:
What a difference a few years makes. From 2005 to 2009, the Hyundai Tucson GL received poor and acceptable ratings from IIHS. However, that changed in 2010 when several of Hyundai Tucson's ratings changed to "good," garnering it a Top Safety Pick for 2013.
This small-sized SUV comes equipped with six air bags, active front head restraints and traction control. The integrated occupant classification system adjusts the force of deployment of the air bags to match the size of the front seat passenger. If there's no one in the seat, the air bag won't activate.
At the center of this SUV's safety is Hyundai's vehicle stability management system, or VSM, which integrates multiple safety systems to give the Tucson ultimate stability. Also standard in the Tucson is Hillstart Assist Control, which prevents backward roll on steep hills, and downhill brake control, which helps keep the vehicle in control when descending down steep hills.
Every Hyundai is also outfitted with anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution to provide more stopping power.