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8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.4
Reliability:
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2012 Hyundai Tucson Review

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson doesn’t have the most powerful engine lineup in the class, nor the most cargo space, but reviewers were impressed with its stylish interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive, well-equipped interior
  • Good maneuverability
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Limited cargo space
  • Firm ride

2012 Hyundai Tucson Overview

The 2012 Hyundai Tucson comes with a four-cylinder engine that's mated to a five-speed manual transmission. A larger, more powerful four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are available. Reviewers reported that models with the larger engine accelerate briskly from a stop, and offer more power off the line than some rivals. The base model gets an estimated 20/27 mpg city/highway, while models with the more powerful engine and automatic transmission get up to 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Reviewers agreed that the Tucson's firm ride quality means you'll feel many road imperfections. They also wrote that it offers responsive steering and better handling than competitors like the 2012 Honda CR-V.

Reviewers thought the 2012 Tucson's cabin is attractive, though they noted some cheap plastic materials. While some automotive writers said the rear seats have plenty of head- and legroom, others noted that the back seat feels tight and may not accommodate taller passengers. With the rear seats folded, the Tucson has 55.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which is small compared to rivals’. According to reviewers, the Tucson’s sloping roofline and small rear windows mean that rearward visibility could be better. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio, an auxiliary input and a USB port. Optional features when it was new include Bluetooth, heated front seats, a rearview camera and navigation. Test drivers said the climate and audio controls are large and easy to reach, and that the available touch-screen navigation system is easy to use.

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 Toyota RAV4 has great cargo space for the class, and it can seat up to seven with an available third-row seat. It also has an available V6 engine that reviewers said produces plenty of power.

Reviewers said the 2012 Dodge Journey offers a smooth ride, and they thought it has strong brakes and controlled handling. Additionally, test drivers said the Journey's available infotainment and navigation systems are easy to use.

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