From the large and 'angry' front grille to the cool row of LEDs that light up at night when you unlock the car, the Tucson does its best to make you feel good about what you're driving. As an added bonus, the Tucson's unintimidating horn is amusing when you hear its chirp after pressing the lock button twice.
I don't see any problem with the SUV's 176 horses as other staffers have noted except on highway onramps, when it sounds a bit coarse. In any case, the CR-V has been the best-selling SUV in the U.S. for a couple years now with just 176-180 horsepower. Most drivers will go for the front-wheel-drive Tucson anyway, which we've tested as being a couple tenths of a second quicker from 0-60 mph.
Once you drive above 60 mph, though, the Tucson becomes quite noisy. Then there's the ride, which is just OK on this 2010 model (2011 Limiteds supposedly have a smoother ride). The interior is otherwise fine except for the iPod hookup, which is not concealed -- forcing the more paranoid drivers to disconnect the player every time they exit the car to keep it out of sight.
The real problem is that lots of the Tucson's pluses and minuses can be applied to the Kia Sportage, arguably an even more attractive vehicle. Between two comparably equipped and priced compact SUVs from Kia and Hyundai, I'd probably go with the Kia.