2008 Hyundai Tucson vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Several years ago, the Tucson was one of the only models in its class to offer standard side airbags and electronic stability control, but over the past several years, other brands are offering them and they're no longer the differentiator.

The Tucson is beginning to look a little outdated in its design, and the new Honda CR-V stands out as an especially strong competitor, with top safety results, a refined powertrain, and a comfortable, roomy interior.

The Escape, though a dated design, has been recently refreshed.

If you're looking for a vehicle that feels sportier, the Subaru Forester is a good alternative--it sits a bit lower and handles more crisply--as is the Mitsubishi Outlander.

One advantage the Tucson holds over most of the competition is that its AWD system has a locking center differential, making it less likely to get stuck on muddy inclines or mixed-traction situations.

Finally, there's also the Kia Sportage, which is closely related to the Tucson but has slightly more distinctive, rugged styling.

Both the 2008 Hyundai Tucson and the Sportage offer an excellent warranty, with 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Hyundai Tucson no longer stands out in its class for performance or safety, but it’s still a great value.
The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is a viable and sturdy contender in the family crossover arena. Gas mileage is excellent for a compact SUV, and optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from softer competitors.
It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
If you can live without top-level refinement and the absolutely latest technology, 2008 Kia Sportage is a fine little SUV, and considering its price, a genuine value.
Though the first-generation Outlander was often overlooked, the updated 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander has emerged as a well-rounded vehicle--and one of the sportiest-driving small crossovers.
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Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicles4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX2WD 4-Door ES
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive2 Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door5 Door4 Door4-Door Wagon
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomaticManualNA
Detailed Spec Comparison
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