2010 Hyundai Tucson Limited FWD

Now that I've seen the 2010 Tucson on the street and in my driveway, I really like the look of Hyundai's new cute-ute. The interior is quite sharp, too, as Joe and Phil have already noted.

Phil seemed to like the Tucson's handling, but I was put off by the car's steering. I'm no Ken Block as far as steering sensitivity is concerned, but I felt that the Tucson's rack had a big dead spot on-center before quickly getting incredibly heavy yet numb as you turn the wheel. Very peculiar and somewhat distracting.

Our test vehicle offered a lot of equipment for its $28K sticker price. Still, I'd be very tempted to skip most of the fancy stuff and spring for a base, stick-shift Tucson for $19,790 -- or perhaps spend another $2700 on the so-called popular equipment package and get aluminum wheels, Bluetooth, cruise control, nicer seats, and some other subtle improvements.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

"...let's face it, "steering feel" probably occupies about the same spot on the compact crossover buyer's priority list as 'does it fly?'"The voice of reason.

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