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2018 Hyundai Tucson Walk Around


No awkward body lines or tacky flaws mar the skillfully crafted sheetmetal of the Tucson. It’s a model of simplicity and clean design, highlighted by short window area.

The Tucson’s six-edged grille isn’t far removed from other Hyundai crossover front ends. Neither are the geometrically derived headlights. Viewed from the side, in fact, the Tucson looks like a downsized duplicate of the large three-row Santa Fe. Inspiration probably came from the midlevel Santa Fe Sport, too.

The Hyundai Tucson is a little smaller than the Honda CR-V.

For a more majestic look, the 19-inch wheels on upper trim levels might be worth considering.

Interior

Tucson’s conservatively designed cabin is scrupulously arranged. The base Tucson SE suffers from hard plastic trim, but upper-level models have less of the tawdry plastic marring the view of interior surfaces. Leather-upholstered Limited editions feature soft-touch plastics, plus stitching atop the gauges.

Also laid out carefully, the dashboard conveys a look of elegant simplicity. Positioning of instruments and controls is excellent, and no nonessential graphics clutter the dials. Some functions are controlled by console buttons; others belong to the touchscreen. One caution: many knobs and buttons are similarly shaped, thus demanding a quick glance before adjusting.

Front and rear seats are carefully-shaped for four adults. Front occupants enjoy amply-bolstered, comfortable seats, regardless of trim level.

Rear seatbacks are rather upright, but can be reclined. Tall riders can expect abundant space, with good clearance for heads and knees. A fifth passenger, however, is likely to feel squeezed.

Cargo space trails that of some competitors, including the Honda CR-V. Volume totals 30.1 cubic feet, growing to 61.9 cubic feet when seatbacks are folded. In addition, the cargo floor can be lowered.

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