2012 Hyundai Tucson vs. Its Competition

2012 Hyundai Tucson FWD 4-door Auto GLS Side Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Some very well-regarded crossovers compete with the latest Tucson.

The Ford Escape is still a best seller after 11 years on the market; it rides a little more crudely than some crossovers, but it has a rugged look and a Hybrid version to draw in the crowds.

The Honda CR-V is new this year, with an evolutionary look and drivetrain, which means good interior room and likely, unexciting performance.

The Nissan Rogue could pass for the Tucson's cousin, and is nicely finished but has a CVT that makes the least of its four-cylinder engine.

Toyota's RAV4 stretches the envelope with six-cylinder and seven-seat options.

The Kia Sportage, meanwhile, is the Tucson's corporate cousin.

Its sport-shoe styling and optional turbocharged engine set it apart from the Tucson, as does UVO, its Bluetooth-driven voice controller for phone and audio.

2012 Hyundai Tucson FWD 4-door Auto GLS Side Exterior View2012 Hyundai Tucson
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2012 Ford Escape Hybrid2012 Ford Escape
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2012 Kia Sportage 2WD 4-door EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Kia Sportage
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2011 Nissan Rogue FWD 4-door SV Angular Front Exterior View2012 Nissan Rogue
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2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 20122012 Toyota RAV4
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Quick Specs
One of the most improved crossovers, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson has size and value in its corner.
If you're keen on green in crossover form, the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid earns good gas-mileage ratings, but its styling and handling are showing their age.
The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
The Kia Sportage cuts a rakish new figure and spins out 260 turbocharged horsepower for a total image reboot--watch the options, though.
The 2012 Nissan Rogue's comfortable ride and versatile layout make it a good fit for a value-conscious small families--but it's far from exciting to drive.
The unlikely Toyota-Tesla partnership has produced what may just be the best battery-electric vehicle below Tesla's own Model S luxury sedan. Its power, 100 miles of real-world range, and interior space add up to a very appealing electric crossover.
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2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
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FWD 4-Door Manual GLFWD 4-Door XLS2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door I4 (SE)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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4 Door Sport Utility4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility4 Door
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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