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Cosmetic improvements include a bolder grille design and new 16-inch alloy wheels, while a new 200-watt Kenwood navigation/audio unit is made available. The SE 4WD model receives standard heated seats and windshield wiper de-icer, while the Limited V6 models receive a standard power glass sunroof.
With the expansion of the Santa Fe into seven-passenger territory, the Tuscan becomes Hyundai's sole competitor in the compact SUV market. Like its big brother, the Tucson is available with either front-wheel or four-wheel drive, making it a capable commuter in snow and rain and an off-road champ in mud or sand. More affordable than a comparably-equipped Honda CR-V or Jeep Compass, the Tucson successfully blends edgy and fun styling with a feature-packed equipment list that includes standard side-curtain airbags and an optional V6 engine. The Tucson's sticker price also includes Hyundai's 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty at no extra cost. And, while the Tucson can't match the Honda CR-V for fit, finish and high resale, it isn't too far off the mark.