The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is an outlier in the small SUV segment: a family hauler that takes its compact status seriously. If you were to judge by the burgeoning girth of most vehicles laying claim to the 'compact' niche, it might seem as though the days of truly tiny sport utilities are long behind us. The Hyundai Tucson - along with a minority of competitors - fights this upward trend, maximizing practicality without pushing out its dimensions past what would be considered modest.
The result is a balance between handling and hauling, an equation that rewards drivers but steals a few cubic feet from the cargo ledger in the process. The 2014 Hyundai Tucson certainly isn't as 'useful' as a larger SUV like the Chevrolet Equinox or the Toyota RAV4, but its appealing price and easy-to-drive character help it to hold its own in a bigger-is-better world.