2005 Hyundai Tucson Towing Capacities

The 2005 Hyundai Tucson is a smaller SUV, so I didn't expect them to have much in the way of towing capacity and after doing the research on these vehicles, I was correct in my assumption because the maximum trailer weight rating that was specified in the chart was set at 2,000 pounds.

Now, if you did not have the proper equipment installed on your vehicle or your trailer, then your maximum trailer weight rating could be significantly reduced down to one thousand pounds, so you need to make sure your vehicle is properly equipped, so you can achieve that higher rating.

I highly recommend that you read through your owner's manual to get familiar with your SUV and make sure that you abide by all of Hyundai's requirements and recommendations.

Overall Capacity: The overall towing capacity for the 2005 Hyundai Tucson's ranged from 1,000-2,000 pounds and really boil down to what engine you had equipped and whether your trailer had its own braking system equipped.

The Tow Chart:

The to chart for the 2005 Hyundai Tucson's were pretty simple and there was not much in the way as far as variations for the vehicle, so there were only three maximum trailer weight ratings specified and they all shared the same maximum tongue load weight rating as well.

If we look at the chart, we can see that there were two different engine options, the 2.0 liter engine and the 2.7 liter engine and just to the left of the engine column we can see two different rows that are labeled "with brake" and "without brake".

This is referring to your trailer and whether your trailer had a braking system equipped. Of course, if your trailer is equipped with its own set of trailer brakes, then the maximum towable weight will be more than a few did not have brakes equipped.

2005 Hyundai Tucson Towing Chart

Comparing The Data:

By Trim Level: For 2005, the Tucson's had three different trim levels that you could choose from and I wanted to find out what is trim level was capable and break down the data a little bit further. The GL models came equipped with a 2.0 L engine, which means that they had the lowest overall capacity range out of the three trim level options.

Both the GLS and LX trim levels came equipped with the larger 2.7 L engine, so they had a slightly higher capacity range than the GL models, but only by about 500 pounds, so not a significant difference.

  • GL: 1,000-1,500 lbs.
  • GLS: 1,000-2,000 lbs.
  • LX: 1,000-2,000 lbs.
2005 Tucson Trim Levels and Engine Options

By Engine Options: There were only two different engine options available for these SUVs and I went ahead and broke down the data even further, according to the two engine options. The 2.0 L engine was a 4-cylinder engine and had a capacity range of between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds, while the larger 2.7 liter (6 cylinder) engine had a capacity range of 1,000-2,000 pounds.

  • 2.0L (4 cylinder): 1,000-1,500 lbs.
  • 2.7L (6 cylinder): 1,000-2,000 lbs.

Other Important Information...

There were a couple of other additional notes that I found in the owner's manual that I thought were worth mentioning, so I went ahead and took screenshots and posted them below.

They mainly talk about two different subjects, the first touches on trailer brakes and just briefly touches on them and the second image I have posted shows the recommended tongue load weight rating for these vehicles, which is 10% of the trailer's total weight.

Hyundai Trailer Brakes Note
Hyundai Tongue Load

A Few Helpful Links:

The research for this article came directly from only two different resources, which were the owner's manual and the brochure, which I linked to both of these resources below, for anyone out there that wants to check those out more in depth.

The owner's manual contained most of the information I needed, including many of the images I was able to grab and the brochure was more helpful when it came to comparing the different trim levels and what options were available for those trim levels.

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