12 Things Good and Bad About the Hyundai Tucson FCV
GOOD: The United States has the first-ever retail Hyundai Tucson FCV delivery in the world. It's built in Korea but we beat out Asia and Europe for bragging rights.
BAD: You can only lease it as discussed in our previous story, 5 Facts About the Tucson SUV and you can only drive it in Southern California because there aren't enough fuel cell stations anywhere else – including Northern California.
GOOD: Unlike a traditional electric vehicle, there is no range anxiety. You can get 265 miles from a full tank and refill in less than 10 minutes. Based on EPA numbers, you get about 380 miles from a gas Tucson model at a combined 25 mpg in the 15.2 gallon tank.
BAD: It's expensive until Hyundai puts a lot of money on the table. Hyundai Motors America president and CEO Dave Zuchowski said the Tucson FCV costs $49,999. A similarly equipped gas model costs about $27,000. Hyundai sweetens the pot with a $499 per month lease after $2999 down and free fuel for the three years of the lease. Otherwise, at this point, it makes no fiscal sense to drive a Tucson FCV.
GOOD: Its fuel economy is strong at 51 miles-per-gallon equivalent on the highway. The gas version gets 29 mpg on the highway when equipped with the six-speed automatic.