Way back in early November 2021, my wife, Kathy, opted to replace her Chevy Equinox with a new Hyundai Tucson Hybrid. Both compact crossovers offered a roomy interior and a placid ride with all-weather AWD, yet the Hyundai’s hybrid system promised at least 33 percent greater fuel economy with the added benefit of 15 percent more power. An operational win-win for sure, especially with the multitude of updated components and safety features in the Tucson that were not available when the Equinox was purchased in 2012.
We visited three Hyundai dealers in Maine, plus some internet shopping. After some very disappointing haggling over price — no breaks on the suggested retail, plus more money for the selected color, according to them — the selected Hyundai dealer promised delivery in 8-12-weeks. And your deposit is not refundable.