2007 Hyundai Tucson Review
The Tucson is a good value as a basic compact SUV, but it lags behind competitors in overall driving performance and refinement. If you are in the market for an affordable compact SUV, you should also consider the highly rated Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, or the comparably priced Kia Sportage.
The value-priced 2007 Hyundai Tucson gets high marks for affordability, but is otherwise just considered an acceptable option in the compact SUV segment. As Car and Driver explains, "There isn't a whole lot to love here -- none of Hyundai's products trade on any sort of emotional attraction -- but the lure for buyers is value, newfound quality, and a reassuring warranty." Hyundai's five-year/60,000 basic warranty far surpasses those available with Tucson's class-leading competitors, the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
Automobile Magazine suggests that, "Ride quality and body control are noteworthy only in relation to other Hyundais." But criticisms are not universal. finds the Tucson to be a "well-conceived little wagon at a bargain price, with a combination of practicality and on-road manners," and Consumer Guide gave the 2007 Tucson a "Recommended" award.
Edmunds sums up the majority view that "where Hyundai has the others beat is value." However, despite its low sticker price, IntelliChoice only gives the Hyundai Tucson a rating of "average" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership, as compared with other cars in its class.