2010 Hyundai Tucson vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Compact, five-seat crossovers fight against a trio of very well-established competitors and a pair of well-designed dark horses.

The Honda CR-V is the long-standing champ in the class, with ample interior room, high build quality, and a smooth four-cylinder, but it's among the slowest vehicles in the class and its latest shape is controversial.

The Ford Escape is more upright and rugged, and it comes in Hybrid trim, but it suffers from a dated feel and a plasticky cabin.

The Toyota RAV4 squeezes a third-row seat in a similarly sized, similarly styled body, and offers a V-6 engine to boot, but it's a sharp step up the pricing ladder from Tucson territory.

The Tucson's lookalike, the Nissan Rogue, has smart style and visibility, but is hampered by its continuously variable transmission and lackluster performance.

The gem in the class: the Subaru Forester, with all the refinement of the best crossovers in this group, a tall and spacious cabin, sedate good looks, and a reputation for durability, though fuel economy is a distant second to that of the Tucson.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Hyundai Tucson doesn't quite take the title of best small crossover, but it handily grabs "most improved" honors.
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid remains a solid, competitive entry among compact family SUVs and crossovers. Its fuel efficiency is superb, and the optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from any other AWD hybrid crossover.
The 2010 Honda CR-V is a bit homely, but it fits right in for those placing the priority on frugality, safety, and interior space.
The 2010 Nissan Rogue doesn’t wow in any respect, but provided you don’t expect driving excitement its solid set of features, safety, and decent performance won’t let you down.
The 2010 Subaru Forester may not be as powerful or well-equipped as its rivals, but it really shines in its more carlike dynamics and superior handling.
Though it might wear a spare tire on its tail like the hard-core SUVs of yore, don't let that throw you off. The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is actually a practical, fuel-efficient choice for frugal families on the go.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLSFWD 4-Door XLS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door S4-Door Manual 2.5XFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Sport Utility4 Door5 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomaticContinuously VariableManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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