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When the Hyundai Tucson debuted for the 2005 model year, it represented Hyundai's first entry in the long-established small crossover SUV segment. The first-generation Tucson became Hyundai's official "entry-level" SUV, and it offered a favorable combination of attributes, including an available V6 engine, a generous list of standard equipment and a lengthy warranty. However, this Tucson looked rather dowdy, had a decidedly low-budget feel to its cabin and never really registered on most consumers' radar as a mainstream option.

That all changed with the second-generation Tucson, which arrived for 2010 with sharp exterior styling and a slick interior to match. There's no V6 option, but the current four-cylinder is not only more powerful than the old V6 but also more fuel-efficient than the previous base four. Overall, the current Tucson is a considerably more capable and interesting vehicle than before. A used first-generation Tucson isn't a bad idea if you're looking for no-frills transportation, but the second-generation Tucson is certainly more appealing overall.

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The five-passenger Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover SUV. As with other vehicles in this class, the Tucson offers an elevated driving position, a flexible cargo area, predictable handling and respectable fuel economy.

The Tucson is available in GL, GLS and Limited trim levels. The base GL comes standard with a 2.0-liter engine that produces 165 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. It's paired to a five-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. The GLS and Limited models get a 2.4-liter making 176 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque (slightly less for California-emissions states) with a six-speed automatic. GLS and Limited trims offer a choice of front- or all-wheel drive, while the GL is front-drive only.

The GL comes standard with 17-inch wheels, hill-hold and hill-descent control, air-conditioning, full power accessories and a six-speaker audio system with an iPod/USB interface. The GLS's added perks include alloy wheels, an upgraded suspension, roof rails, cruise control, heated front seats and Bluetooth. The top-dog Limited sports 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and a power driver seat, among other features. A panoramic sunroof, a premium sound system and a navigation system are optional for the Limited.

In reviews, we've appreciated the Tucson's combination of style, sophistication and sharp road manners. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is peppy enough, and the Tucson's handling is European in character -- tight and composed, though a little harsh on rough pavement. Inside, there's plenty of room for four adults, and the contoured twin-cowl dash and available two-tone color schemes set the Tucson apart from competitors with plainer, trucklike interiors. Controls are simple and easy to reach, but maximum cargo capacity is down compared to competitors.

Overall, the Tucson is an appealing option that should be on any compact SUV shopper's short list, provided that V6 power and copious cargo space are not required.

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