5. Life With a Manual Crossover
Aside from the peculiar engine hesitation, the rest of the Tucson is a solid compact crossover. The engine is smooth and quiet in operation. The suspension is a good blend of comfort without being tippy and the brakes are as predictable as a crossover owner could want. Changing gears manually combined with the high seating position that lets you imagine for a moment that you are piloting a rugged 4×4 truck, which is actually quite a bit of fun.
Other than that, there are no real advantages to a manual transmission in a crossover. Long ago the majority of customers stopped buying vehicles like this and no one can fault manufacturers for opting out of this segment. Those that have stuck around, like Hyundai in Canada, are allocating minimal resources to a vehicle that sells in marginal volumeust over .
The manual crossover’s days are numbered. If a stick-shift crossover is a must for your next vehicular purchase, better act now before they’re all gone for good.