Hyundai AWD Choices
|The Hyundai Veracruz begins and ends with a 3.85-liter V-6 engine developing 260 horsepower and is backed up by a fuel efficient 6-speed automatic. Electronically controlled AWD is optional on all 3 trim levels; GLS, SE and Limited. Like the 4wd system in Tucson, there is also a driver selectable switch to lock what is referred to as a multi-plate clutch for defeating the electronics and staying in 50/50 AWD mode. (To me, that just sounds like Hyundai reverse-engineered the BW system, but I have no way of knowing...) It's 4,431 lbs. sits on a110.4 inch wheelbase. Veracruz is the only Hyundai with a 3rd row seat, and it is standard equipment, allowing up to 7 passengers. Veracruz does not seem to have a 2009 model version. Prices for the base Veracruz GLS with AWD start at $28,745|
The 2009 Hyundai Tucson is not available with 4wd in the base configuration.. You need to upgrade the base model GLS with its 140hp 4 cylinder to the SE or limited and their 173hp 2.7 liter V6 engine. It has a short 103.5 inch wheelbase and it weighs 3,548 lbs. The Tucson is similar to the Kia Sportage. In fact they share the same platform and drivetrain. Technically, Tucson is a 4wd crossover because the Borg Warner drive system that Hyundai uses has a driver selectable switch to lock the center differential into powering all 4 wheels equally, rather than allowing the interactive torque management system to make that decision. Prices for the 5 passenger AWD Tucson SE start at $23,470
|The Santa Fe follows the same trim designations of the Tucson and the Veracruz. Built at Hyundai's Alabama production facility, the base Santa Fe GLS is powered by the 2.7 liter V6, and makes 185hp. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard, but an automatic is available. Both the SE and Limited get the more powerful 242hp 3.3 liter V6 engine. Wheelbase is 106.3 inches, and it weighs a tick more than 3900 lbs. in the 5 passenger version. An optional 3rd row seat is available. Hyundai uses an AWD system for Santa Fe as opposed to Tucson's 4wd system. . The Santa Fe is a bit larger, and comes with a V6 standard, along with A/C. Prices for Santa Fe GLS with AWD start at
$24,695. But the 2008 model is all that is on Hyundai's web site. They seem to want to skip the 2009 model year... Hmmmmmm....