2011 Hyundai Tucson Overview
The 2011 Hyundai Tucson, coming off of a fresh redesign last year, still sports the same stylish exterior and impressive fuel economy, making it a must see in the compact SUV segment.
With its “fluidic sculpture” styling that keeps it in line with the rest of Hyundai’s offerings, the 2011 Tucson also offers a new engine for this year. The base Tucson (GL trim) is now offered with a 165-horsepower, 2.0-liter four cylinder engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission with an optional six-speed automatic. The GLS and Limited trims retain the 176-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline four cylinder engine, with the six-speed automatic standard. While the horsepower difference may not seem like much, the larger 2.4-liter engine puts out 22 more pounds-feet of torque. The Tucson comes with standard front wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is optional.
EPA fuel economy numbers are a lofty 20-23 mpg in the city, and 27-31 mpg on the highway (higher numbers achieved with the automatic transmission). The 2011 Tucson competes with the likes of the Ford Escape, Toyota Rav-4, and Nissan Rogue.
The 2011 Tucson sits on standard 17-inch steel wheels, with 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels available on the GLS and Limited trims, respectively. From the outside the Tucson strikes a handsome pose, punctuated by the subtle rear lip spoiler above the lift gate. The GLS and Limited trims also offer silver roof rails for help in tying down cargo, and front fog lights are standard on the Limited.
Inside the Tucson sits a very refined interior. It doesn’t have many of the soft touch dash materials found in higher class SUVs, but it features an intuitive and visually pleasing layout that looks more refined than its sticker would indicate. Standard across all trims is air conditioning, power windows and locks, and iPod and USB inputs. The GLS trim brings steering wheel audio controls, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Bluetooth® connectivity. The top-of-the-line Limited trim adds leather seating and dual automatic climate control. Further options include a touch-screen navigation system, rearview camera, and panoramic sunroof (Limited only).
Cargo volume for the Tucson is an ample 25.7 cubic-feet with the rear seats up, and expands to 55.8 cubic-feet with them folded down.
Safety features found in the Tucson include antilock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, side-impact and side-curtain airbags, and a downhill brake control system.
The 2011 Hyundai Tucson is the next example of Hyundai’s resurgence and is a major competitor in one of the top selling auto segments. With its blend of fuel economy, slick exterior styling, and a low sticker price, the Tucson is ready for the big stage.