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Pros: Comfort and Style
Cons: center arm rest
Advice: Take a test drive and see for yourself!After deciding that my next vehicle would be a compact SUV, I started researching. Right away, the Tucson's styling grabbed my eye. And overall the professional reviews were favorable in the areas I was concerned with. So I scheduled a test drive -- and was hooked from the minute I climbed into the driver's seat! The contour of the seat is comfortable, the gauges and controls are easily within reach, and the layout is attractive. (I wish the dual-position arm rest had a higher position -- it would be more useful to actually rest an arm on -- but that's a fairly small matter.) The vehicle handles well, and I know I made the right decision to look for something where I sit up high enough so that I feel I can really see the road. I have a long commute every day, through heavy traffic, and I feel much more secure. So, when you factor in the style, comfort, safety features, and the very attractive price, this is a great vehicle!
Pros: Overal design excluding the front and the build quality.
Cons: front grille :(
Advice: Look at the safety features and the amount of space(width) in the rear.My wife and I just bought our first SUV. We had every intention of buying the Honda Pilot, but decided to test drive several suv's before we made our decision. The Pilot was excellent but the lack of side air bags for the third row concerned me. After test driving a few other models we tried the Tribeca out of curiousity. I admit that the front grille takes some getting use to. I keep telling myself that it's an Alfa Romeo design. But once we drove it we loved it. From the moment you close the doors it reminds you of a german car. Very solid and well made. You really have to handwash it to appreciate how well it's put together. We purchased the 7-seater with the premium cloth since we have two children and I enjoy this vehicle very much. I can't wait for the Chicago winter.
Pros: the side curtain airbags
Cons: The V6 was a little sluggish
Advice: excellent safety featuresThe Tucson was very comfortable to drive. It was smooth and it felt like I was driving a car. It was tight around turns and had a quiet ride.
Pros: The amount of room for the occupants.
Cons: low ground clearance
Advice: forget the looks and just sit in itThe manual transmission makes all the difference.
Pros: price and safety features that come standard
Cons: power of the 2.0 is sluggish
Advice: if mpg is not an issue get the V-6We have had our Tucson for about two months and love it. My boys are both around 6' 4' and they have plenty of leg room. It is getting around 25 mpg, but the 2.0 is a little doggy.
Pros: Keyless entry with car alarm
Cons: Center armrest is too low
Advice: Don't waste time looking at other vehiclesI've had my 2005 Tucson for a little over a month and am satisfied so far. The ride is very comfortable, quiet, and smooth. Visibility is excellent and parking, braking, and handling are good. I bought the four cylinder for the better fuel economy and am averaging about 23 miles per gallon. The four cylinder's power is adequate for everyday routine driving. The interior is borderline luxurious and is very attractive and pleasing. I like that most of the features I was looking for are standard. I spent six months deciding what car to buy and I looked at nearly every manufacturer and a variety of makes & models and concluded that the Hyundai Tucson was the best value for me.
Pros: The ride and the obvious quality.
Cons: There is no automatic locking of the front doors
Advice: Buy a V6...the 4 cylinder is not an optionI test drove a GLS V6 and was really impressed with the quality of the entire vehicle, from the sound the doors made when closed to the finish of the interior, there was the sense that the Tucson was well built. The V6 has enough power (it's not a sports car!) to traverse off highway roads with ease, and cruising the highway is no problem. I wound up buying the car and I couldn't be happier with the driving experience. This is one fine car!!! And, it compares very favorably with the Honda CRV and the Ford Escape....and is cheaper and comes with a better warranty!!