2010 Hyundai Tucson — Flash Drive
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2010 to 2014.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The new Hyundai Tucson looks great. While it might appear to be a little on the small side at first glance, there is plenty of room inside — I fit two large suitcases and three small bags in the cargo area and could still close the cargo cover. Rear-seat room works fine for two adults, and the dual sunroofs give the interior even more spaciousness. Controls are intuitive; programming the navigation system, pairing my Bluetooth phone and using auxiliary audio sources were easy. However, the engine isn't terribly powerful. Around town it's fine, but it has to work pretty hard when entering the freeway. I also found the ride a bit bumpy when the road got rough. Handling is good, though, even on ice- and snow-covered roads. The price tag of just under $30K for our tester — fully loaded with leather, nav, sunroof and all-wheel drive — seems like a pretty good value. –Perry Stern
Hyundai continues its product offensive with the all-new 2010 Tucson compact crossover. It features dramatic new exterior styling for a much more upscale look; a 176-horsepower 2.4-liter engine that delivers enough power for most driving situations; and an ultrasmooth 6-speed automatic transmission that makes best use of the available power while delivering impressive fuel economy (up to 31 mpg highway). Inside, the upscale look and feel continues. The design is simple, but highly functional. The Premium package found on our tester added a massive, 2-panel sunroof and a premium audio and navigation system with a nice display and intuitive interface. On the road, the Tucson has a sporty, well-controlled feel thanks to a chassis developed in Europe, but the electric steering has a vague feel on center. –Mike Meredith
Hyundai has once again produced a vehicle that delivers impressive levels of standard equipment and performance in a package that's stylish, refined and priced to surprise. In the case of the redesigned Tucson, notable improvements in interior materials and design draw comparisons not with Toyota (RAV4) or Honda (CR-V), but Lexus and Infiniti. The look and feel is that good, as are the comfort and convenience features that are too many to list. On the road, it would be nice to have a hair more giddy-up from the smooth yet hard-working 4-cylinder engine (no V6 is available), but thanks to its seamless 6-speed automatic transmission, the Tucson seldom falters. The chassis is just as competent, combining good ride quality with controlled and predictable handling. For anyone considering perennial favorites like the RAV4 and CR-V, the new Tucson can now be considered a legitimate contender that's well worth a look. –Kim Wolfkill