2014 Hyundai Tucson vs. Its Competition

2014 Hyundai Tucson
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Tucson continues to flash a daring look, although in other respects it's only mid-pack.

The Kia Sportage 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.

The Ford Escape completely ditches its old, trucklike shape for a svelte hatchback look, bringing carlike handling to the party.

The Honda CR-V has an evolutionary look and drivetrain that together aren't so captivating, but interior room is excellent.

The Nissan Rogue is about to be replaced by an all-new model, but it has a CVT that makes the least of its four-cylinder engine.

The latest Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, takes a step back to more conservative ground, dropping the available V-6 and third-row seat and doubling down on five-passenger value.

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Quick Specs
7.4
A better ride and improved handling should add to the appeal of the 2014 Hyundai Tucson, which carries forward with curvaceous sheetmetal and against-the-grain crossover styling.
8.2
With authentically athletic looks and performance balancing out good passenger space, cargo versatility, and loads of high-tech features, the 2014 Ford Escape is attractive to a wide range of buyers.
7.6
The 2014 Honda CR-V isn't exactly sprightly, but it nails efficiency on a few levels and finally brings more features to the family-wagon fight.
7.6
With up to 260 horsepower on tap and styling that's suitably athletic, the 2014 Kia Sportage shows that practical compact crossover wagons don't need to be so stodgy.
7.6
The 2014 Nissan Rogue gets mainstreamed in all the right ways, though engine noise and the teensy third-row seat are minor letdowns.
7.2
The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is sensible and spacious; but if driving fun is a priority, you can do better.
MSRP From     
$21,450$23,100$23,120$21,600$22,790$23,550
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door GLSFWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door LE (SE)
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     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD