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Seats are well-shaped, and there’s good headroom front/rear at 39.1/38.5 inches and legroom front/rear at 41.4/37.9 inches. Cargo volume is 54.6 cubic feet with rear seats folded, 26.1 cubic feet with the second row up.

2012 Hyundai Tucson

2012 Hyundai Tucson

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2012 Hyundai Tucson GL

Kin to the Kia Sportage, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson compact crossover SUV in base GL trim, costs a bit more, but also offers more in the way of standard equipment. Net price, including destination charge, is $19,855.

Powered by a 165-horsepower 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine matched with five-speed manual transmission, the Tucson GL is EPA-rated at 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway.

As for safety features, the Tucson GL is equipped identical to the Kia Sportage.

Reviewing the 2012 Hyundai Tucson, TheCarConnection rates it an 8.2 (out of 10), impressed with its “daring sheetmetal,” spacious interior and good headroom in rear seats for taller adults and good legroom. Standard equipment includes power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, AM/FM/XM/CD player with USB port, and a rear spoiler.

Front and rear headroom is 39.4/39.1 inches, while front and rear legroom is 41.2/38.7 inches. Cargo volume with rear seats folded is 55.8 cubic feet and 25.7 cubic feet with the rear seats up.

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