The Hyundai Tucson has been on sale for nearly three years, and in that time, a slew of new competitors have entered the compact crossover segment.
(upbeat music) <v Announcer>Cars.com auto reviews. Hi, I'm Bill Jackson with Cars.com. And this is a 2012 Hyundai Tucson. It's a competitive entry in the small SUV field, but it's harsh ride and smallish interior side might deter some people.
The Tucson is nice to drive. It's not a performance car. It's not gonna blow you away, but I did think there was enough power for passing and moving around the city. And it's the same thing with the steering. It's not overly light at highway speeds, but it's also not a chore to drive around the parking lots. The Tucson's ride is very stiff, you're going to feel every pothole or ridge in the road. And we recently tested it against a lot of other small SUV's in the same price range. And I have to say, the Tucson stood out and not in a good way. The Tucson isn't the largest small SUV out there, as you can see I really don't have a lot of leg room with the seat where I would have it if I were driving. The head room's not terrible, but it's not great. If I had older children, I would worry a little bit about the room, but at the same token, if you have smaller children and they're in child safety seats, be sure to check out our blog "Kicking Tires" where we test the Tucson with child safety seats. The Tucson offers wheel two and all wheel drive versions as well as two different engines and several transmissions. That all affects the Tucson's mileage and I go into that in my expert review on Cars.com. Overall, I think the Tucson looks great, but I worry that it's small size and stiff ride are gonna hurt it compared to others in the same category. Of course, if you wanna learn more about the Tucson and compare it to other small SUV's be sure to visit us at Cars.com. (soft upbeat music) <v Announcer>For more car-related news, go to Cars.com or our blog kickingTires.net.