Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2011 Hyundai Tucson (Fourth Place)

When Hyundai redesigned the Tucson for 2010 it not only exceeded expectations but it also drove this compact SUV from the segment loser to near top of the class. But the real beauty of the 2011 Tucson is the fact that it is still a screaming bargain fully loaded at $21,845. (Note: that also still includes Hyundai’s generous warranty offerings.)

For that price Hyundai gives buyers power windows, door locks and mirrors, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD 6-speaker audio system, USB/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, a 2.0 liter 176 horsepower/168 lb. feet of torque 4 cylinder, a 6-speed automatic, tinted glass, stylish alloy wheels, keyless entry and a whole lot more.

In addition to all that the Tucson returns 22 city/31 highway according to the EPA. This frugality is no doubt attributable to the silky smooth 6-speed automatic which was designed entirely by Hyundai. Unfortunately for the Tucson, its engine just isn’t as smooth as the class leaders but it is by no means bothersome at cruising speeds.

Whereas the 2011 Hyundai Tucson has plenty of legroom for six-footers in the front and back seats, the cargo hold is a bit smaller than competitors like the RAV4. So if outright utility is what you are after there are better choices than the Tucson. Cargo capacity is 25.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 55.8 cubic feet with the second row folded flat.

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