The Hyundai Tucson is yet another example of the new vehicles coming out of Korea that are giving Japanese (and American, and European) manufacturers some stiff competition in the value-for-money equation. While the Tucson we drove came in at $28,000 as tested, you can, as Rusty pointed out, get a pretty well-equipped base model for around $20,000, undercutting both the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 base models by a couple thousand dollars.
The interior of the Tucson is indeed quite nice - you definitely don't feel as if you've sacrificed much, if anything, in refinement compared with its competitors. The same goes for the driving experience. While not as enthusiast friendly as, for example, a BMW X3, the Tucson is quite user-friendly. The steering, braking, and handling are about what you'd expect from a crossover/SUV - it's not a corner carver but is a perfectly competent everyday vehicle that can carry your family and your belongings in relative comfort.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor