sub-compact - cuv
With a more aggressive front end than its predecessor and a more refined rear this new replacement stands out where the Santa Fe did not. The more aggressive front headlamps make a better statement then the Santa Fe did, but still give the same appeal the previous model did. An updated grille and hood line have added to the more appealing front end of the Tucson. The new more appealing hood line is a good touch but does have some hints from a Toyota Highlander within its look, with the way the grille pushes out from the front and then follows up onto the hood. A new added touch is the way the top peak of the front headlamps follows the hood up the window. As with the Santa Fe, Hyundai did not take the time to design more appealing rims for this new and sexier looking replacement. With a more refined rear compared to that of its predecessor the Tucson still retains most of the look of the Santa Fe. The slanted tailgate is a good touch for the new Tucson, as well as the new and bigger rear tail lamps, which seem to flow with the rear tailgate. All around this Santa Fe replacement is one well-configured little SUV even with the body plastic which flows perfectly with and around the Tucson. The 2005 Tucson will defiantly turn more heads than the Santa Fe ever did, with its sad looking design.