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I am in the market for a new car for my wife. I have the big family vehicle for us (Kia Telluride) which is used for road-trips, camping, etc, and am now on the search for something for her. I came to this forum on my journey. My wife does not care much for driving at all and really just wants a small vehicle with a spacious interior for work-stuff she lugs around. After looking at, and enjoying many aspects of, the Kia Seltos I have now found a certain liking in the new Tucson. She currently owns a 12 year old Nissan and likes the brand, but I am not necessarily sold on their new Rogue. I came here to poke around and see what owners are saying about their rides, pros and cons, loves and hates.

I have test-driven the 2.5L SEL+Convenience Tucson already. My quick take so far: the car is as beautiful on the inside as it is outside, features are fantastic, the naturally-aspirated engine seemed sluggish to get going but sufficient otherwise. I would prefer the hybrid based on what I have read about the car, however I will only buy her a red car for safety reasons, so that takes the hybrid out. If anyone has any input I would be welcome to hear it.
 

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2 weeks without reply, so I'll offer some input. There's a 'Happy Owners' thread you probably found by now, and no lack of You-Tubes ranging from hilarious (find the 'What A Hoot' thread) to quite detailed and insightful. My wife has had great experience with her Tribute for 20 years since new, but a replacement CX5 lost out. And other contenders such as KIA, Subaru and VW didn't make the cut for her either, based on the Hyundai's balance of dependability, warranty, service & repair records, and of course current gen tech (but not too much of it not yet tested), along with room, amenities and safety.

The red thing stuck me unawares. It seems like a rather strained constraint, as a driver's spatial and situational awareness and developed defensive driving practices would mitigate that to nearly a non-issue. Not trying to start a fight but perhaps check her for as stern a stance as yours before discounting a hybrid for that sole reason. Just some input as requested. Good luck in the hunt.
 

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I am in the market for a new car for my wife. I have the big family vehicle for us (Kia Telluride) which is used for road-trips, camping, etc, and am now on the search for something for her. I came to this forum on my journey. My wife does not care much for driving at all and really just wants a small vehicle with a spacious interior for work-stuff she lugs around. After looking at, and enjoying many aspects of, the Kia Seltos I have now found a certain liking in the new Tucson. She currently owns a 12 year old Nissan and likes the brand, but I am not necessarily sold on their new Rogue. I came here to poke around and see what owners are saying about their rides, pros and cons, loves and hates.

I have test-driven the 2.5L SEL+Convenience Tucson already. My quick take so far: the car is as beautiful on the inside as it is outside, features are fantastic, the naturally-aspirated engine seemed sluggish to get going but sufficient otherwise. I would prefer the hybrid based on what I have read about the car, however I will only buy her a red car for safety reasons, so that takes the hybrid out. If anyone has any input I would be welcome to hear it.
Go for the Hybrid powerful mileage is excellent
 

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In the end I am ecstatic with my purchase. Found a Red SEL+Convenience and surprised her with it as a late Valentine's gift. She loves it. Locally the Hybrid models all have a $4,000 market adjustment, and are several months away on delivery times. Factor in a paint adjustment ($$$$) to make a hybrid model red I could not justify buying a Hybrid even though they were probably the 'nicer' choice. Yes it may sound silly to have red as a requirement but after she was lucky enough to talk away from an almost-deadly car crash caused by another driver while driving a tiny silver car that blends in to the world around years ago, having a brightly colored car is one of the only requirements in my wife's eyes for her vehicle now, no matter how well she drives. Shame on Hyundai for not offering better color options on the Hybrids but in all honesty they probably wouldn't sell many non-Hybrid versions otherwise.
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Ya nice score there. We've just ordered likewise an SEL Conv. +Prem. (we're targeting keeping it likely 20 years, so leather seats don'tchaknow). She doesn't really meet an adequate amount of miles driven and specific transpo needs to validate the added costs of a Hybrid. So, it's a gasser for her, as well. And if your driver is Portofino Gray, then it's the same as she wanted.
 
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