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2014 Hyundai Tucson

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2014 Hyundai Tucson
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I found the unicorn of press cars this week — a base model press car, something very rare indeed. And not only is this week’s tester a base model press car but it is a crossover with a manual transmission — a six-speed manual transmission. Could we find a more rare vehicle to test? I think not!

But this is what everyone wants, correct? The ability to row one’s own gears and be in control of your own gear destiny… sort of. With zero options on this test model there also should be no forum comments and arguments about which options should be left out to drop the price.

2014 Hyundai Tucson
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And speaking about price, this tester comes in at just over $20,000 — this truly is the unicorn of press vehicles right here. Included in this base model 2014 Hyundai Tucson GL are features for which some manufacturers charge you considerably extra (cough-Porsche-cough).

Features like Bluetooth hands-free, steering wheel controls for volume and cruise control — yes this vehicle even has cruise control. It also has power windows and keyless entry and air conditioning. And once I get over the fact that I have to actually remove the key from my pocket to press the button on the fob to unlock the door and then insert the key to start it — hey I’m spoiled — I may come to the realization that a car really doesn’t need much more.

Although I appreciate the fun of rowing my own gears, it is a little odd in a vehicle such as the Tucson and I’m sure the take rate is quite small, but the option is there for the Quebecer in you! Powered by a 2.0L GDI engine that outputs 164 horsepower transferred to the front wheels — yup, this is really just a tall hatchback, deal with it.

Pricing: 2014 Hyundai Tucson
Base price: $21,499
Options: None!
A/C tax: $100
Destination charge: $1,760
Price as tested: $23,359

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