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As a crossover utility vehicle that performs (and looks) more like a tall hatchback, the Hyundai Tucson lands at the small end of a class that includes the compact top-sellers like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Subaru Forester. At present, it's powered by a lineup of fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines. All-wheel drive is optional; and off-road ability isn't nearly as much its... Read More Below »
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As a crossover utility vehicle that performs (and looks) more like a tall hatchback, the Hyundai Tucson lands at the small end of a class that includes the compact top-sellers like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Subaru Forester.

At present, it's powered by a lineup of fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines. All-wheel drive is optional; and off-road ability isn't nearly as much its forte as simply being a versatile, maneuverable vehicle with a high seating point.

MORE: Read our 2015 Hyundai Tucson review

The first-generation Tucson hit the U.S. market in 2005, offering an affordable compact crossover for daily driving with a range of trim levels. And it's carried that basic motif through to the new generation, though over time the engine options have changed.

That 2005 Tucson was available with a 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine rated at 140 horsepower, or a 173-hp 2.7-liter V-6, and a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The Tucson's three trim levels--GL, GLS, and Limited--divided the powertrains up as fit the model. The GL was available only with the four-cylinder engine, and a choice of the manual or automatic transmission. The GLS and Limited, on the other hand, were available with only the V-6 and only the automatic transmission. All models were available with all-wheel drive.

Safety ratings for the first Hyundai Tucson were a strong point, earning five stars in all categories in NHTSA testing from 2005 through the 2009 model year.

Today's Hyundai Tucson

The current-generation Hyundai Tucson was introduced for the 2010 model year, with a much bolder new design and updated engines. The Tucson offers a choice between two four-cylinder engines, either a 2.0-liter four with 165 hp, or a 2.4-liter four with 176 hp. There's no longer a V-6 option for any Tucson. A choice of five-speed manual or six-speed automatic on the base engine becomes automatic-only with the bigger powerplant, but all-wheel drive is offered on either. 

The current-generation Tucson has more interior room than its predecessor, and it also beats a handful of luxury crossovers in the same measure. The Tucson is still smaller than some of its mainstream contemporaries, including the Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V, but it provides ample space for four adults. The front seat is especially spacious, while those taller folks in the rear will find adequate head- and legroom.

The current Tucson has changed relatively little since its 2010 launch. Since 2013, all versions come with standard air conditioning; power windows, locks, and mirrors; remote keyless entry; cloth seats; and an AM/FM/XM/CD player with a USB port.

The current Tucson is among those Hyundai vehicles included in a restatement of fuel-economy figures. From the 2011 to the 2013 model year, the EPA calculated that many Hyundai vehicles had overstated gas-mileage ratings that did not hold up to confirmation testing performed by the agency. Owners should have received reimbursements for extra fuel used, but they can initiate payment through Hyundai's site, www.hyundaimpginfo.com.

Changes for 2015 are limited. There's a new Popular Equipment Package available on the base GLS model, adding items like a touchscreen radio and power driver's seat, while Limited models now get LED taillights as standard equipment.

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Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
AWD 4-Door (3)
GLS Specs $23,150 $22,235 21 25
Limited Specs $27,950 $26,531 20 25
SE Specs $25,200 $24,198 20 25
AWD 4-Door PZEV (2)
Limited Specs $27,950 $26,531 20 25
SE Specs $25,200 $24,198 20 25
FWD 4-Door (3)
GLS Specs $21,650 $20,821 23 29
Limited Specs $26,450 $25,121 21 28
SE Specs $23,700 $22,772 21 28
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