2009 Hyundai Tucson vs. Its Competition

2009 Hyundai Tucson SE

In years past, the Hyundai Tucson was nearly alone in its class to offer electronic stability control and standard side airbags—but other competitors have since caught up.

An especially strong competitor to the 2009 Hyundai Tucson is the Honda CR-V, which outclasses the Tucson in terms of design.

The CR-V also offers great safety results, a good powertrain, and a noteworthy, roomy interior.

Another option is the Escape, which has received some recent updates.

For better handling, look to the Mitsubishi Outlander.

The Kia Sportage has more rugged styling and a comparable warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles for the powertrain.

Still, however, the Hyundai Tucson does stand out in the class for the AWD system with a locking center differential, which helps on muddy inclines.

2009 Hyundai Tucson SE2009 Hyundai Tucson
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2009 Ford Escape Hybrid2009 Ford Escape
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2009 Subaru Forester2009 Subaru Forester
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2008 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX Side Exterior View2008 Honda CR-V
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2008 Kia Sportage 2WD 4-door I4 Auto LX Side Exterior View2008 Kia Sportage
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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander ES2008 Mitsubishi Outlander
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Quick Specs
As time has passed, the 2009 Hyundai Tucson has been matched or bettered by other vehicles in its class in terms of performance and safety—but it remains a good 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.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 26 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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