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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.6
Reliability:
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2011 Hyundai Tucson Review

The highly-ranked 2011 Hyundai Tucson is a spacious compact SUV with a well-equipped interior, good performance and excellent safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Spacious interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Great safety ratings
  • Some subpar interior materials
  • Less cargo space than other compact SUVs
  • Electronic power steering feels artificial

2011 Hyundai Tucson Overview

The Hyundai Tucson carries over largely unchanged for 2011, but Hyundai added a new base model with a smaller engine to the lineup. Although reviewers said the Tucson’s available 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is much louder than those found in competitors like Honda and Toyota, they said that it provides a satisfying amount of power. Combine that with pleasing handling, and many reviewers agreed that the Tucson is a practical SUV that is also fun to drive.

Most auto critics liked the Tucson’s smooth ride, however, some noted that the Tucson’s power steering doesn’t provide much road feel. The Tucson is available with front- or all-wheel drive, and gets up to 23/31 mpg city/highway with the base engine, which is very good for the class. In addition, the Tucson has great safety ratings.

When it was new, test drivers liked the Tucson’s cabin, and noted that the seats are comfortable, with ample head- and legroom, though some were disappointed that the rear seat doesn’t recline or slide. The Tucson also offers less cargo space than rivals like the 2011 GMC Terrain. Despite these critiques, most reviewers were pleased with the Tucson’s interior materials and design, as well as its competitive list of standard features.

Keyless entry, power windows and door locks and a stereo with satellite radio and a USB port are among the base Tucson GL’s standard features. The GLS model adds features like roof rails, upgraded wheels, cruise control and Bluetooth, while the Limited trim includes these features plus leather seats, automatic headlights, foglamps and dual-zone climate control. A navigation package was available when the Tucson was new, which also includes a backup camera and an upgraded stereo.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Kia Sportage offers excellent safety scores and a more powerful base engine than the Tucson. When it was new, reviewers weren’t impressed with the hard plastics in the Sportage’s cabin, but many preferred its stylish exterior design. Like the Tucson, the Sportage offers standard tech features that aren’t available on rival SUVs in the class.

The 2011 Honda CR-V is a top pick in the class because of its good performance. The CR-V has one of the most spacious cargo areas in the class and surpasses the Tucson’s interior quality. It trails the Tucson’s fuel economy, but boasts a larger base engine. When it was new, the 2011 CR-V was named our Best Affordable Compact SUV for Families.

Compare the Tucson to the Sportage and CR-V »

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