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#13

in 2010 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $12,607 - $16,927
Original MSRP: $18,995 - $25,845
MPG: 22 City / 30 Hwy
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2010 Hyundai Tucson Interior

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Reviewers compliment the new Tucson’s interior for really raising the bar when it comes to quality. For a sub-$20,000 price tag, this is one well-equipped, nice-looking cabin. Still, some reviewers say materials quality and cargo space fall short.

  • "The interior is pleasant-looking as well. Yes, there's lots of hard plastic, but it's very nicely finished, with an attractive dash and well-laid-out switchgear." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Hyundai is becoming the one to watch on interior quality at this price level. The new Tucson ups the jewelry content with silver accents on the steering wheel and center console, as well as expensive-feeling buttons on the nice dash." -- Car and Driver
  • "Hyundai has done a very nice job here. Materials are OK, but the dash design and tasteful two-tone tan-brown color scheme of my test car exuded a sense of style that the CR-V and RAV4 can't match. In this regard, the Tucson and Chevy Equinox are what to get if you want a little pizazz from your compact SUV." -- Edmunds
  • "Overall, the Tucson's interior is a big improvement over the last generation, but constrained by the reality of the vehicle's $18,995 starting price.” -- Autoblog

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Seating

Reviewers find the Tucson's interior roomy, especially in the back seat -- which isn’t too common in the compact SUV class. The base GLS comes with cloth seats, while the Limited comes with leather that reviewers say is surprisingly good quality for this segment. The optional Popular Equipment Package ($1,700) comes with a leatherette upgrade for the base model.

For a closer look at the Tucson's seats, check out our Tucson video.

  • "The front seats are comfortable and so, too, is the rear, where adults will find decent headroom and plenty of legroom." -- Automobile Magazine
  • “Even with the driver's seat all the way back, my legs were clear of its backrest. The seats don't seem to recline, which is a bit of an oversight; however, the 60/40-split folding backrest is at a comfortable angle, and the center armrest is the perfect height." -- Cars.com
  • "Hats off to Hyundai for nice, comfy leather seats. You can get leather in practically any vehicle these days, but the quality is often times closer to dorm couch than anything resembling luxury. The Tucson not only uses a high grade of leather, but goes the extra step and furnishes the seats with two types of leather." -- Autoblog
  • "The rear bench sits high off the floor and offers enough legroom and knee clearance to allow a six-footer to sit behind himself." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The 2010 Hyundai Tucson comes loaded with standard features that are impressive for its sensible price. The base model comes with an eight-way adjustable driver's seat, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, and a USB audio input jacks with an iPod cable.

Reviewers especially like the new interior design and new options like a touchscreen navigation system. There’s also an optional panoramic sunroof (a Hyundai first), which extends from the driver’s seat to the rear passengers.

For more about the Tucson's interior features, check out our Tucson video.

  • "With an eye-catching new interior design, comfortable seats, climate control and opulent available equipment levels (including navigation, a back-up camera and a premium 360-watt stereo with iPod/USB inputs, Bluetooth phone connectivity and all the rest), the new Tucson has good urban street cred.” -- Edmunds
  • "A minor quibble: It's great to have an iPod/USB connector, but it's in an open cubby in the center stack, not in a place where your iPod would be protected or concealed when you left the vehicle." -- About.com
  • "As the driver, your left elbow rests on a surprisingly thin piece of faux-leather covering up some rock hard plastic. After an hour, it's both noticeable and uncomfortable. And while the center stack's design is refreshing, it's bordering into Honda's weird territory of organic shapes and spread out buttons." -- Autoblog
  • "There are still hard plastics on the dash and doors, but overall the cabin is more modern, with cool-blue lighting on the center stack and silver buttons there and on the steering wheel. It's also much quieter than before, but there is still some road noise." -- Motor Trend
  • "As we've come to expect, the interiors are appointed to compete; they're certainly as high in quality as some small crossovers and nicer than most. From the dashboard and door panels to the optional leather seats, there's a consistency you won't find in the Honda CR-V." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The 2010 Tucson provides 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use and 55.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. These figures aren’t as impressive as many of the Tucson’s rivals, making cargo space on of the Tucson's weaknesses. If you’re looking for more cargo space, consider the GMC Terrain or its Chevy Equinox platform-mate. The Terrain provides 31.6 cubic feet and 63.9 with the second row folded, and it nearly matches the Tucson’s great fuel economy. However, it costs about $5,000 more.

For even more cargo space, look at the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V -- they provide more than 70 cubic feet with all seats folded down and don’t even cost a full $2,000 more than the Tucson. However, at 22/28 mpg and 21/28 mpg city/highway, their fuel economy ratings are much worse.

to see how the Tucson handles cargo, check out our Tucson video.

  • "If there's one key weakness with the 2010 Tucson on paper, it's cargo volume. The Tucson has tidy dimensions: the SUV is 6.1 in. shorter than the class-leading Honda CR-V and a full 14.6 in. shorter than the much longer Chevrolet Equinox.” -- Truck Trend
  • "The cargo space behind the backseat is up 3 cubic feet, but the maximum cargo space is actually down 10 cubic feet, making it considerably smaller than the CR-V and Chevy Equinox." -- Cars.com
  • "One-step folding seats open up the rear cargo area from 26 cubic feet to 56, keeping the Tucson on the smaller end of the class compared with the Rogue (29/58), CR-V (36/73), and RAV4 (36/73)." -- Car and Driver

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