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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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2011 Hyundai Tucson

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2011
  • Krishna Mohan Roy
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  • The 2011 Hyundai Tucson is a winner by all means. You can take it on-road or off-road, buy a 1.6

    Liter Gamma Turbo Inline-4 engine or a 2.4 Liter Theta II Inline-4 engine; but however you cut

    it, the 2011 Tucson is a stylish and smart choice.

    Hyundai redesigned the Hyundai Tucson in 2010, and for 2011, little has changed. The 2011

    Hyundai Tucson is very similar to the 2010 model. The Hyundai Tucson’s price is also hard to

    turn down. The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4 can’t beat this price. Although it offers a lot of

    features at an affordable price, there are areas where the Hyundai Tucson falls short. Few

    affordable compact SUVs beat the Hyundai Tucson when it comes to fuel economy, but if you want a

    few more miles per gallon, the Chevrolet Equinox tops the Hyundai Tucson and averages 22/32 mpg

    city/highway.
    The Hyundai Tucson has three trims: GL, GLS and Limited. The GLS and Limited models have a 2.4-

    liter four-cylinder engine and optional all-wheel drive. The upper trims receive a six-speed

    automatic transmission.

    This new base model makes use of a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine instead of the previous 2.4-liter

    engine.

    The 2011 Tucson is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV that is offered in three trim levels:

    GL, GLS and Limited.

    The GLS adds 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels, roof rails, heated side mirrors, cruise control, a

    tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leatherette vinyl door trim and seat inserts, a leather-

    wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and Bluetooth. All-wheel-drive GLS models also get

    heated front seats. The Limited trim goes the extra mile by adding 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels,

    outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, automatic headlights, foglights, upgraded

    suspension, front wiper de-icer, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver seat with lumbar

    adjustments, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview
    The 2011 Tucson GL comes standard with a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that produces 165 horsepower

    and 146 pound-feet of torque. Only front-wheel drive is available for the GL.
    The automatic improves these figures to 23/31/26 mpg. The front-wheel-drive GLS and Limited

    models are expected to get 22 city/31 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined, while AWD models make

    slightly less at 21/28/23 mpg.

    we found its acceleration to be just about average among other compact crossovers, with our test

    vehicle requiring 9.6 seconds to reach 60 mph.

    Standard safety equipment for the "Hyundai Tucson" includes antilock disc brakes (with brake

    assist), stability and traction control, active front headrests, front side airbags, side

    curtain airbags, hill holder and hill descent control.

    Unlike many of the humdrum interiors found in other crossover SUVs, the 2011 Tucson offers a

    contoured twin-cowl dash that's available in two-tone color schemes. The Hyundai Tucson provides

    a comfortable driving position for drivers of almost any size. The compact Hyundai Tucson also

    offers only 55.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity, while both the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4

    are rated at more than 70 cubic feet and even the Subaru Forester is rated at 63 cubic feet.

    Many compact crossovers offer uninspired driving dynamics, but the Hyundai Tucson breaks from

    convention with a more lively spirit.

    European-inspired suspension tuning and a well-weighted electric power steering system give the

    Hyundai Tucson a sportier feel, but unfortunately, it comes at the expense of ride quality.

    @The Cars124

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