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The Tucson is beginning to look a little outdated in its design, and the new Honda CR-V stands out as an especially strong competitor, with top safety results, a refined powertrain, and a comfortable, roomy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.
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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|2008 Hyundai TucsonBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2009 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2008 Kia SportageBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mitsubishi OutlanderBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||4WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility|
|FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS||4-Door Manual X||2WD 5-Door LX||2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX||2WD 4-Door ES|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||2 Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door||4 Door||5 Door||4 Door||4-Door Wagon|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic||Manual||NA|
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