For years, there were two best choices atop the “cute ute” mini-SUV pile. If you wanted style, comfort and reliability, your options were the Toyota RAV 4 or the Honda CR-V. Things aren’t that clear cut anymore, given the recent recalls from both automakers and prices driven up by increasing vehicle content.
So where do you shop if you’re looking for a mini SUV to haul four people with reasonable fuel economy? Hyundai, for their Tucson. January sales of the Tucson were up 128 percent, forcing the Korean manufacturer to boost production to meet demand. Still think that Hyundai only makes disposable cars? Consumer Reports disagrees, since they named the Tucson one of their most reliable vehicles in 2009.