2006 Hyundai TucsonRknee - Lady Lake, FL01/18/2007
For our needs this is an excellent vehicle for the money. I was not specifically looking for a 4WD but very pleased with the ride and low noise level. The car is very comfortable and has better rear visibility than any of the smaller SUV's I have driven. (I have rented cars almost weekly for the past 20 years). The dash is driver friendly with all controls accessible and easily seen. The car is very easy to get in and out of and the drivers seat is easily adjusted for each driver. There are numerous cup holders and some of them accomodate large water bottles.
This vehicle handles extremely well although we have not had it in any incelement weather to date so I cannot comment on its performance with a slippery surface. I do believe it will be excellent as it has ESC as well as TCS.
We have averaged around 24mpg highway and 22mpg city driving.
Negative items I have noticed would be the lack of an outside temperature read-out on the dash; the hatch window in the tailgate raises independently of the door but is not very practical due to the small opening. When the AC is on, the compressor causes a noticeable strain and sound from the engine, similar to a vibration.
A major plus was when we received our new insurance policy, it increased a mere $8.00 per year. I feel this is due to the amount of safety features this vehicle has which must be recognized by the insurance companies. It's unusual for a vehicle in this price range to have ESC, TCS as well as 6 airbags as standard equipment.
I would buy this vehicle again due to the overall quality, safety and comfort features.
Good car but has limitations
2010 Hyundai TucsonHillary - Miami, FL10/22/2014
I have mixed emotions about this car. Part of the problem is, despite the camera for backing up,the view is still limited out the back and back sides. If you pile up mulch, furniture, etc in the back, the back window is virtually impossible to see out of. On the plus side, the car handles well, seems to be reliable and is fun to be in. But Hyundai needs to redesign the back door and very back windows completely. Test drive a few other similar SUVS before deciding on this one.
Tucson vs Escape
2007 Hyundai TucsonGary - Galveston County, TX05/04/2011
I loved my 2001 Escape but my mechanic said I was about to have to spend major buck on it so I decided to look for another car. I used Consumer Reports as my only resource. They said that the Tucson didn't have many have mechanical problems and the Escape did so I went with Tucson. I downsized from a 6 to a 4 cylinder and so far I traded 1 more mpg for less get up and go. The Tucson is smaller so I gave up space. The only thing left is hopefully, few visits to the mechanic. I'll keep the Tucson but I long for my Escape.
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