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2008 Hyundai Tucson Styling

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Boring on the outside, nicer on the inside, the 2008 Hyundai Tucson is a timid-looking crossover that may appeal to some people's sense of tradition.

The compact Tucson, a carlike crossover SUV, was introduced in 2005 as a smaller-scale alternative to the Santa Fe and hasn't changed significantly since. Kelley Blue Book says the 2008 Hyundai Tucson is "more conventional in appearance, styled largely like other small-scale SUVs." Cars.com says the Tucson Hyundai "has a masculine, athletic appearance" and that "SE and Limited models feature bodyside cladding." Although the Tucson Hyundai's overall design is not exactly cutting-edge, Mother Proof considers it "cute...not at all victim to the boxy and plastic-feeling exteriors of its competitors."

The 2008 Hyundai Tucson no longer stands out in its class for performance or safety, but it’s still a great value.

Inside, the 2008 Hyundai Tucson has impressive materials, and the instrument panel follows a rounded, organic style, with a prominent center stack and audio controls mounted high up. Mother Proof also reports that the Hyundai Tucson is "comfortable and ergonomically sound on the interior, it feels cozy inside." ConsumerGuide confirms this assessment, at least as far as the driver's seat is concerned: "The gauges are unobstructed and clearly marked." Edmunds says simply that the Hyundai Tucson has a "stylish and functional interior."

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