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STYLING | 6 out of 10
the Tucson has a masculine, athletic appearance
successfully blends edgy and fun styling
Kelley Blue Book
Tucson lends its basic design to the Sportage at Hyundai's Kia division
Editors at TheCarConnection.com find that the 2009 Hyundai Tucson offers solid but unremarkable styling.
On the exterior, the 2009 Hyundai Tucson offers nothing to complain about—but nothing to write home about either. Cars.com explains that "the Tucson has a masculine, athletic appearance." According to ConsumerGuide, the "Tucson lends its basic design to the Sportage at Hyundai's Kia division." Car and Driver describes the exterior as "tastefully styled," though it's visible that the vehicle is mainly built on a "strengthened and stretched Elantra platform." Automotive.com is pleased with the Tucson's styling, reporting, "The Tucson looks good, too. It's nicely proportioned with clean lines and short overhangs front and rear." Kelley Blue Book says that the Tucson "successfully blends edgy and fun styling" and offers a "space-efficient design wrapped in a stylish package."
On higher-end SE and Limited models, the 2009 Hyundai Tucson offers "bodyside cladding ... wraparound headlights and an LED-type center brake light," reports Cars.com. The Hyundai logo is visible on the single-bar grille. ConsumerGuide points out that the "Limited and Limited V6 have specific exterior trim."
Inside, Edmunds reports that the 2009 Hyundai Tucson "features a clean, modern interior."
The 2009 Hyundai Tucson has clean and reasonably sophisticated styling, though it's starting to look dated.