I can echo your comments as we drove CRV hybrid and the Rav4 hybrid before buying. I really dislike the CVT transmissions in those cars and are really glad we chose what we did. Interestingly, the Ford Escape hybrid was more of a contender due to comfort and noise, though it didn't have the pickup or styling that the Tucson has. Tucson was also quieter. Good that you had the opportunity to rent the CRV for long drive comparison. The little dislikes you find on a road test often add up to major issues on a trip.