Offering an impressive 23 mpg in the city, the 2011 Hyundai Tucson finds itself towards the top of the list when it comes to SUV fuel efficiency. A low MSRP, aggressive styling and solid mix of available features serve to further help the Tucson distinguish itself from the competition. Learn what's new on the 2011 Hyundai Tucson and review specs, trim packages and mpgs.
What's New - 2011 Hyundai Tucson
There are few changes for the 2011 Hyundai Tucson. However, the vehicle is now available with a more affordable 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine helps deliver a lower base MSRP ($18,745) without affecting performance all that much. Move up a tier to the Tucson GLS, and you'll find a number of additional standard features over last year (17-inch alloy wheels, one-touch up/down driver's window, leather interior accents, Bluetooth, tinted rear glass, roof side rails, cruise control and steering-wheel audio controls). All-wheel drive models also now come standard with heated seats.
2011 Hyundai Tucson Styling
The Hyundai Tucson boasts one of the most polarizing designs in the compact SUV class. Unlike the reserved styling cues found on competitors, Hyundai engineers offer shoppers a bolder, more aggressive option. For those who like the curvy exterior and angular headlights, there's a lot to like about the Tucson's design.
Inside, the Tucson attempts to balance affordability with refinement. While some cheap plastics are found within the cabin, the overall appeal of the vehicle remains on par with the competition. Interior real estate is good for the class, allowing for reasonable comfort no matter what your seating position. However, with a maximum of 55.8 cubic feet of storage, the Tucson is far from the best compact SUV option when it comes to hauling.
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2011 Hyundai Tucson Performance
The new 2.0-liter engine offers 165 horsepower. Outfitted with an optional automatic transmission, this setup delivers 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The standard manual manages 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Upper-trim models come standard with a 176-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder that maxes out at 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
Unlike many compact SUVs, the Tucson is available with all-wheel drive. As expected, models with this enhanced performance feature drop a bit in terms of fuel efficiency. In terms of overall power and performance, the 2.4-liter Tucson matches specs quite closely with top-selling models in the class.
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2011 Hyundai Tucson Safety
Standard safety features for the 2011 Tucson include anti-lock brakes, brakeforce distribution, brake assist, traction control, stability control, hill-ascent assist, hill-descent assist and six airbags. Thanks to class-leading crash test scores, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) lists the Tucson as a "Top Safety Pick" for the year.
2011 Hyundai Tucson Prices and Features
Base MSRP for the Tucson GL is set at $18,745. This makes the Tucson one of the most affordable SUVs for the year. Standard features include air conditioning, power accessories, keyless entry, six-speaker stereo, CD player, satellite radio, USB port and auxiliary input. The GLS adds a long list of standard features that includes Bluetooth, cruise control and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Shell out a minimum of $24,695 for a Limited model, and you'll gain automatic headlights, side-mirror turn signals, enhanced suspension, leather seats, power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
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