2011 Hyundai Tucson

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Hyundai Tucson. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Good gas mileage
  • Stylish looks
  • Refined interior

The Bad

  • Small cargo area

Notable Features of the 2011 Hyundai Tucson

  • New trim level added
  • New four-cylinder engine choice for 2011
  • Efficient four-cylinder engine choices
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

2011 Hyundai Tucson Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Hyundai Tucson is a compact SUV that competes with the Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape and Subaru Forester. It was redesigned for 2010. For 2011, a new trim level and four-cylinder engine choice have been added. It comes standard with a manual transmission, which is unusual in this class.

Vehicle Overview
The Hyundai Tucson is a compact SUV that competes with the Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape and Subaru Forester. It was redesigned for 2010. For 2011, a new trim level and four-cylinder engine choice have been added. It comes standard with a manual transmission, which is unusual in this class.

New for 2011
The Tucson adds a base GL trim level to go along with the GLS and Limited trims. Available only with front-wheel drive, the GL comes with a 165-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Other changes include upgraded content on the GLS and a premium suspension on the Limited.

Exterior
In terms of size and proportions, the Tucson is similar to the Rogue, and it's roughly the same size as the Escape and Forester, too. It features a newer hexagonal grille that some Hyundai models now sport, wraparound taillights and swept-back headlights. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels
  • Standard rear spoiler
  • Optional 18-inch wheels
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Chrome grille accents and door handles on Limited models

 

Interior
Tucsons come standard with power windows, folding side mirrors and remote keyless entry. There are also 12-volt power outlets in the ...

Vehicle Overview

The Hyundai Tucson is a compact SUV that competes with the Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape and Subaru Forester. It was redesigned for 2010. For 2011, a new trim level and four-cylinder engine choice have been added. It comes standard with a manual transmission, which is unusual in this class.

Vehicle Overview
The Hyundai Tucson is a compact SUV that competes with the Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape and Subaru Forester. It was redesigned for 2010. For 2011, a new trim level and four-cylinder engine choice have been added. It comes standard with a manual transmission, which is unusual in this class.

New for 2011
The Tucson adds a base GL trim level to go along with the GLS and Limited trims. Available only with front-wheel drive, the GL comes with a 165-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Other changes include upgraded content on the GLS and a premium suspension on the Limited.

Exterior
In terms of size and proportions, the Tucson is similar to the Rogue, and it's roughly the same size as the Escape and Forester, too. It features a newer hexagonal grille that some Hyundai models now sport, wraparound taillights and swept-back headlights. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels
  • Standard rear spoiler
  • Optional 18-inch wheels
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Chrome grille accents and door handles on Limited models

 

Interior
Tucsons come standard with power windows, folding side mirrors and remote keyless entry. There are also 12-volt power outlets in the front of the cabin and the cargo area, an armrest storage bin, map pockets and a flip-down rear armrest with cupholders. Interior features include:

  • Standard blue lighting for gauges
  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional leather seating surfaces
  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity
  • Optional steering-wheel audio controls

Under the Hood
Base Tucsons are powered by a 165-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while GLS and Limited Tucsons have a 176-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that teams with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Standard hill descent control
  • Standard four-wheel-disc brakes

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Six airbags including side curtain airbags with rollover sensors
  • Active front head restraints

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(1.0)

Having electrical and Ac Isses all at once!

by Donnag from Tomball Tx on August 16, 2018

All at once In the heat of summer in Texas my ac just stopped blowing cold. Has plenty of Freon. All hoses in tact. Traction light and incline light come on intermittently and jam my stick shift so it ... Read full review

(4.0)

Love this little SUV

by jorge.cordeross from Walnut Creek, CA on April 11, 2018

I sold 2 Toyota Yaris in favor of buying this little SUV. I do not regret my decision. I bought this car (GLS AWD) with 49K miles on it in late Novemenber-2017. Before purchasing it we had it ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Hyundai Tucson currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Hyundai Tucson GL

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tucson received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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