My husband reviewed the Hyundai Tucson. Here are his thoughts…
From the moment this auto company hit the scene in the mid 80’s, I have been frustrated by the name. How is anyone expected to pronounce that word “Hyundai”? Why don’t they just call themselves “Honda”? Oh, right.
Maybe YouTube will help.
- Here’s one pronunciation you’ve never heard before.
- Here’s one of your typical variations.
- This one sounds official.
- This one is like when you ask a person to repeat their name 5 times so that you can finally attempt to say it back to them, and finally you ask, “Do you have a nickname?”
- This is how most of us do it.
The model I experienced is called “Tucson,” named after the city in Arizona… really? The number one thing to know about Tucson, according to this site: HOT – like blowing your hairdryer directly on your face from 12 inches hot, like burn your hands on your steering wheel after 20 minutes in the parking lot hot, like sink into melting asphalt on the way into the grocery store hot. I refuse to believe this car is named after the city so I pronounce it (Tuk’-sen) because clearly this company has no concept of spelling things for ease of American pronunciation.
I’d never actually been inside a Hyundai until this Tucson. Much more comfortable than I had imagined, it had all the features that new cars get these days: leather, awesome sound system, really distracting control panel screen, satellite radio, and plenty of buttons that control many things.
Also included is a “key” that has no key hole that you can easily lose inside the vehicle, but luckily you can still start and drive the car as long as it is in the car…somewhere.
From the outside, it looks very much like a Hyundai. For some reason this company has retained that weird rounded look with smaller round lines here and there. Ford did it for a year as did Kia and Oldsmobile (funny name because only old people drive them). These companies realized the severe design error and quickly dropped the look, but Hyundai seems determined to make it work.
On the inside, I may as well have been in a Kia, Mazda, Lexus, or Ford. Then on the third day I realized something different, something beautiful: the color of the interior leather is NOT black! It is a very deep reddish brown. It’s on the dash, on the steering wheel, and even on that key! Great job, Hyundai!
The ride was quiet except when the kids screamed when I found a “car jump” in a nearby intersection. I have no proof, but I believe the shocks are excellent because we definitely got air. Again, great job, Hyundai!
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