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The Very Popular 2011 Hyundai Tucson

The 2011 Hyundai Tucson appeared on the market with a few design and feature changes from the previous year’s model. Although most the things remained the same, there were some minor tweaks here and there. Let’s take a closer look.

Hyundai Tucson 2011 Review

Hyundai managed to receive a lot of attention during this year thanks to adjusting to what their consumers wanted instead of what they wanted. 2010 was a year of criticism and popularity fluctuations for this company and it seems like they wanted to address every facet that critics were saying about their models.

Because of this, Hyundai tweaked the Tucson – got rid of a few things that many were complaining about, and prepared the car for a huge redesign that was coming in 2012. Tucson is one of those cars that keeps on impressing people every single year – a feat that is not at all easy to achieve.

Another interesting thing about the 2011 Hyundai Tucson is the fact that it’s a very attractable compact crossover SUV that’s suitable for 5+ passengers. There are also 3 trim levels that are available: GL, GLS, and LIMITED. The GL and GLS include 17 inch wheels and the LIMITED has a small upgrade up to 18 inches. All of the models have their own distinct set of features.

Performance and Powertrain

The GL Hyundai Tucson includes a 2.0 L engine and the LIMITED and GLS models include a 2.4 L option with 176 hp and a torque of 168 pounds per foot. The GL only has front wheel drive but the other two include four wheel drive options as well.

To top that off, the GL comes with an estimated fuel economy that is very reasonable for a SUV of its size. It reaches 20 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. The automatic gearbox addition will make it higher at 31 MPG but it is still highly competitive with what other manufacturers are offering even without it. During performance testing, the GLS managed to reach 60 miles per hour in just 9.6 seconds.

Hyundai Tucson 2011As for safety, the 2011 Hyundai Tucson does include many features that most will be happy to have. This includes disk brakes that are anti-lock, brake assist, active front headrests, side curtain airbags, front side airbags, traction control, hill descent control and hill holder.

On top of that, this year’s model is considered to be among the best for highway use for any car launched during this particular year.

Interior Design – Special Features

The 2011 Hyundai Tucson fares really well against its’ competition in most aspects, including the interior. It does not come with many dashboard choices but the two available are more than enough as they are quite appealing. All the inside controls are within reach and quite simple to use. This is even true for the touchscreen navigation system, something that is not always easily reachable with other cars in this class.

Any driver will feel comfortable in this car and it does not matter what size you are either. The driver seat is adjustable and there is plenty of head and leg room inside. The GLS trim is even better from this point of view due to the addition of a very good telescoping steering wheel. Backseat passengers will also enjoy a comfortable ride thanks to the spacious leg room.

Driving Impressions

Normally, compact crossovers offer a bad driving dynamic. This is not the case with the 2011 Hyundai Tucson. You will surely appreciate the driving experience as you will gain access to a sporty looking SUV, great suspension, a properly weighted power electric steering system, and good fuel efficiency all in one. Although it doesn’t quite meet all the features of the Acura MDX, it is all in all a very impressive car for a very affordable price.