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.
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|2009 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|
|18 MPG City / 26 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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