Sitting on the Elantra platform, the first of the Hyundai Tucson 

generations arrives for model years 2005-2009;

it was a practical and car-like compact crossover.

It launched with a 140-hp 2.0L four-cylinder or 173-hp 2.7L V6, the

former available with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission and the latter with the auto only.

AWD was initially available on both the manual 2.0L and on the V6, but later reserved for the V6 only.