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