The 2011 Hyundai Tucson
is a compact crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that is capable of seating five passengers. It is powered by either a 2.0 liter engine with 165 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque that comes with a standard five-speed manual transmission but a six-speed automotive transmission is optional, or a 2.4 liter engine 176 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Tucson hosts "fluidic sculpture" design elements and has embellished wheel arches and a classic creased hood. Three trim levels are offered including the Limited, the GLS, and the GL. The 2.0 liter engine comes in the GL trim only. The Hyundai Tucson has all of the standard safety features you would need, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Tucson one of its Top Safety Picks. EPA- rated fuel economy is in the 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway range.
New for 2011
Since the Tucson was all-new for 2010, it might seem likely nothing is new for 2011. However, there is a new 2.0-liter four engine tied to a five-speed manual in the new GL trim level. In addition, updated shocks improve the ride. What's more, the popular equipment package is now standard on GLS models.
Engines: 2.0L I-4, 2.4L I-4
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Body Style: SUV
Trims: GL Sport Utility, GLS Sport Utility, Limited Sport Utility
On the Outside
Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture" design philosophy, with curved body lines and a youthful look, is the inspiration behind the Hyundai Tucson. For variation, some crisp lines and a bold front end provide interesting contrast.
From the Inside
Inside the cabin, the Tucson is as modern looking as its body, with attractive styling detail throughout. On the Limited, leather dual-zone climate control with a CleanAir Ionizer, cruise control, and heated front seats are standard.
The 2.4-liter engine propels the Tucson from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds and makes the quarter-mile mark in 16.7 seconds at 82.8 mph. Braking allows a stop from 60 mph in 120 feet.
Standard on the Hyundai Tucson are stability control and traction control, as are four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, and downhill brake assist. Dual front airbags, driver and front-passenger side airbags, and front and rear curtains with rollover sensor are also standard. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Tucson one of its Top Safety Picks.
2.0L: 20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy (manual); 23 mpg city/31 mpg hwy (automatic)
2.4L (FWD): 21 mpg city/29 mpg hwy (manual); 22 mpg city/31 mpg hwy (automatic)
2.4L (AWD): 20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy (manual); 21 mpg city/28 mpg hwy (automatic)
- Super value
- Plenty of performance
- Oodles of standard features
- Unnatural steering
- Cheap plastic
A true value SUV with a well-rounded personality
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