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2012 Hyundai Tucson vs. Its Competition

 
2012 Hyundai Tucson FWD 4-door Auto GLS Side Exterior View
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Some very well-regarded crossovers compete with the latest Tucson.

The Ford Escape is still a best seller after 11 years on the market; it rides a little more crudely than some crossovers, but it has a rugged look and a Hybrid version to draw in the crowds.

The Honda CR-V is new this year, with an evolutionary look and drivetrain, which means good interior room and likely, unexciting performance.

The Nissan Rogue could pass for the Tucson's cousin, and is nicely finished but has a CVT that makes the least of its four-cylinder engine.

Toyota's RAV4 stretches the envelope with six-cylinder and seven-seat options.

The Kia Sportage, meanwhile, is the Tucson's corporate cousin.

Its sport-shoe styling and optional turbocharged engine set it apart from the Tucson, as does UVO, its Bluetooth-driven voice controller for phone and audio.

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One of the most improved crossovers, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson has size and value in its corner.
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The 2012 Ford Escape still antes up solid crossover bona fides, but its sluggish handling and plasticky interior are ready for retirement
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The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
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The Kia Sportage cuts a rakish new figure and spins out 260 turbocharged horsepower for a total image reboot--watch the options, though.
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The 2012 Nissan Rogue's comfortable ride and versatile layout make it a good fit for a value-conscious small families--but it's far from exciting to drive.
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The 2012 Toyota RAV4 remains a strong, refined choice for families, even though some of its design might be a blast from the past.
MSRP From     
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Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door Manual GLFWD 4-Door XLS2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sport Utility4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility4 Door
Transmission     
ManualManualAutomaticManualContinuously variable ratioAutomatic w/OD
 
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