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2006 Hyundai Tucson GLS AWD

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2006 Hyundai Tucson GLS AWD (Photo: Justin Pritchard, Auto123)
The brakes have a good feel to them, and the standard antilock system adds even more sure-footedness to winter or off-road conditions. There is enough pedal feel to allow for precise modulation, which is great on road but also good, for example, when descending a rocky hill or slowly making your way over a large obstacle in the dirt. Building an SUV off the platform of a car often makes it feel like something is missing, some toughness or capability having been lost in the transition. But this is what's called a crossover vehicle, meaning it combines a bit of each car and truck while offering the real benefits of both. It's done so well at this that the AJAC have called it "Crossover of the Year".

I don't get the impression that Hyundai has designed this Tucson to be a mud-slinging boulder climbing, off road monster more than they have designed it to be a spacious, confident family hauler that combines car-like amenities and truck like ruggedness. If that was the goal, they have hit it dead on.

2006 Hyundai Tucson GLS AWD (Photo: Justin Pritchard, Auto123)
Think of it like this: Do you ever wonder in line at Tim Horton's whether you will have a donut with your coffee or just a timbit or two? The little timbits give you all the flavor of your favorite donut without having to eat more than you want. Short on change? Timbits are cheaper, too. Sometimes you need the whole thing and in some cases, you don't. It's nice to have a less expensive alternative that still serves all your needs, no matter how hot or rugged you are.

Remember, Hyundai offers a 100,000km warranty which will more than see you through school and into your career, for instance, while the graduate rebate program will save you $750 if you qualify. A two wheel drive, four cylinder model is also available, starting around $20,000.
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Justin Pritchard
Justin Pritchard
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