Most features for the money
July 26, 2017
I bought this used to replace our big Town & Country van that was getting old and now that we only have one kid at home, we no longer needed anything that big. But we still wanted something bigger than a sedan, with enough legroom in the back for my 14-yr old son who is almost 6 feet and still growing as well as rear AC vents. There are very few small crossovers that have rear AC vents, and if they do it's often only in the loaded models. We also looked at a new and used Escape, and the Tucson has significantly more leg room in the back than the Escape (thought there is less cargo space) and I like the way the controls are designed better.
With this SE model, we got the rear AC vents, privacy glass, back seats recline slightly, roof rack, back up camera, touch screen, Bluetooth hands free phone pairing, voice recognition, steering wheel controls, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, heated front seats. The engine is super quiet once you get out of low gear, and the ride is very smooth. The seats could be a tad more comfortable, but are ok.
So far, the only negatives I have noticed is that there are huge blind spots due to the very small , upturned back window, and quarter windows that are so tiny they are useless. This makes backing out of parking places and the driveway more difficult, though the camera helps. Otherwise, handling and steering are great. Gas mileage is also a little less then comparable vehicles.
I haven't had it long enough to rate Reliability, but it wouldn't let me leave it blank, so I just gave it a 3, but it doesn't mean anything.