2015 Hyundai Tucson vs. Its Competition

2015 Hyundai Tucson
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

While the Tucson wins on style for many, it's mostly mid-pack in other respects.

The Ford Escape wears a svelte hatchback look, bringing carlike handling to the party.

The Honda CR-V has an evolutionary look and drivetrain that together aren't so captivating, but interior room is excellent.

The Nissan Rogue was recently redone, now aping the larger Pathfinder in looks, but it has a CVT that makes the least of its four-cylinder engine.

The latest Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, takes a step back to more conservative ground, dropping the available V-6 and third-row seat and doubling down on five-passenger value.

And then there's the Tucson's corporate cousin, the Kia Sportage, with which it shares a platform.

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.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2015 Hyundai Tucson is a stylish choice in the compact crossover segment, with solid but unexciting powertrains and a strong feature set.
8.0
With athletic looks and the performance to match, plus a roomy interior and loads of available cabin tech and convenience features, the 2015 Ford Escape is bolder and more exciting than most rivals, without much compromise.
7.8
The 2015 Honda CR-V is neither sporty nor particularly quick, but fuel efficiency is excellent and it prioritizes interior space, earnest practicality, and cleverly chosen features in a way that buyers appear to crave.
7.6
The 2015 Kia Sportage is nice to look at and good fun to drive when equipped with the turbo engine; it's proof that crossovers don't have to be uninteresting.
7.6
The 2015 Nissan Rogue may have a small third row, but it's a better car than the previous generation in virtually every way.
7.4
The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is a practical crossover with confident handling. Just know that driving enjoyment is not its strong point.
MSRP From     
$21,650$23,450$23,445$21,900$22,790$23,680
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door GLSFWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door S *Ltd Avail*FWD 4-Door LE (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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