2011 Hyundai Tucson Consumer Reviews

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2011 Hyundai Tucson
4.1
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Great looks, decent value

by from Houston, TX on January 31, 2011

I bought my Tucson Limited FWD a year ago in February, 2010. PROS: + Great looks + Attractive interior + Nice stereo + Bluetooth/Handsfree phone connectivity + Excellent iPod control + Hyundai air co...
I bought my Tucson Limited FWD a year ago in February, 2010. PROS: + Great looks + Attractive interior + Nice stereo + Bluetooth/Handsfree phone connectivity + Excellent iPod control + Hyundai air conditioners work great, even for my black Tucson in southeast Texas summers! + Outstanding legroom for front seat passengers (are you listening, Honda?) + Excellent handling for an SUV Cons: - Gas mileage FAR, FAR lower than Hyundai's promise of 22 city / 31 hwy - Ride is a little on the rough side, but supposedly the 2011 model has better shocks on the Limited - Too noisy with the roar of the tires. I ended up buying Dynamat to apply to the metal under the carpets and in the cargo area. Again, supposedly the 2011 models have improved in this area, but I have no reason to go verify this. Traded my 2007 V6 Sonata in February, 2010, for a new Tucson Limited (FWD). I was initially attracted by the exterior looks and design of the interior. The saddle colored leather seats look sharp and nicely contract to the dark interior. The leather feels nicer than in my 2007 Sonata. The stereo is great with CD, XM, iPod/USB, and Bluetooth audio features standard on the Limited. I wish I could have gotten the separate amp/subwoofer without having to buy the NAV, so I skipped both. My biggest disappointment is the POOR fuel economy. I do not drive at excessive speeds. Houston is very flat. Most of my commuting is freeway-based and yet I consistently average only 23-something MPG (based on actual calculations and not the trip computer's AVG MPG, though it tends to be accurate). Hyundai said 31 MPG HWY and I've never achieve that. The best I've ever gotten was about 27 MPG. Considering that part of my reason for trading the Sonata in was for the promised improved gas mileage, I am heavily disappointed in the gas mileage. I consistenly averaged over 27 MPG and sometimes over 28 MPG in my Sonata on the highway, and that was with a considerably more powerful V6. WTF?! My other disappointments are related to the noise levels inside the car and the slightly rough ride. The 2010 Tucson is far too noisy with tire roar being the predominant contributor. I ended up purchasing sound deadening material that sticks to the bare metail under the hood and to the floor of the car under the carpet and in the spare tire well. That has helped tremendously though it did set me back a few hundred dollars and the better part of a day doing the installation myself. All things considered, it would likely cost Hyundai far less than I spent in materials and labor to do this. Regarding the ride, it is seemingly harsh and smooth at the same time. I seem to feel every bump and crevice in any road, but it also handles major bumps and potholes with aplomb. My 2007 Sonata Limited was the opposite, with reasonable isolation from minor bumps and crevices in the road but harshness from larger bumps and potholes. Finally, the engine is a little underpowered for the vehicle. The 6-speed transmission is always hunting for a higher gear to maximize fuel economy (but it's attempts at doing so fail miserably). Thus, on the highway when driving over a small rise in the highway to make it over a cross-street, the transmission has to downshift to maintain the speed you are already cruising at. If the car had better performance at the expense of fuel economy, I might not be so critical. But unobtainable promised gas mileage AND a lethargical engine are a definite disappointment. Overall, I still love the car. I seriously considered a Chevy Equinox instead but chose the Hyundai because of my previous experience with Hyundai value and reliability. The Equinox was a little larger and definitely quieter, but it was going to cost several thousand $$ more to equip it to the same level as the less expensive Tucson. Rear passengers have good legroom but front seat passengers have outstanding legroom. My 6'6" tall partner has no trouget getting in/out of the car and can fully stretch his legs out. We've yet to find a Honda that can accomodate tall people, so the CR-V was instantaneously removed from any further consideration when he tried to get into the car and get comfortable. Yes, I would recommend this car to other's but I would also tell them my disappointments so they would have the full story.
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Finally something to be excited about...

by from Bridgeport, CT on May 27, 2011

I recently purchased a 2011 Graphite Grey Hyundai Tucson Limited, and overall, I am still loving it. I traded in my 2006 Suzuki Aerio SX AWD (which was a GREAT car) and have no regrets. Here is an abb...
I recently purchased a 2011 Graphite Grey Hyundai Tucson Limited, and overall, I am still loving it. I traded in my 2006 Suzuki Aerio SX AWD (which was a GREAT car) and have no regrets. Here is an abbreviated list of my pros and cons (I think you will find many more pros than cons with this vehicle). PROS #1 Pro has to be the value for the options you get. I got every available option and package they offer with a price of less than $30k. Other car makers (yes, even the value brands) can't say that... #2 The warranties that come standard are unbelievable. On top of that, they also replace your tires, and battery for the life of the vehicle. So they don't include free oil changes, who cares? The tires alone make up for that... #3 They guarantee the vehicle's trade in price. It's not an estimate, it's almost like getting a gift certificate that comes with the purchase. #4 Personally, I am not a fan of that wood grain and this vehicle has a brushed aluminum-ish trim. It’s beautiful against the black dash and leather seats. #5 The trunk/cargo area is quite large without taking up too much cabin space for legroom. There is also an outlet and light in the trunk. #6 The steering feels very solid when taking corners, but still easy to turn the wheel. The fingertip controls on the steering wheel also make for an easy drive. There is a green "ECO" light that comes on when you are driving really efficiently to let you know you are saving gas. Who knew this could happen in a non-hybrid? #7 The technology in this vehicle is outstanding. The touch screen navigation system is easy to learn, bluetooth for your phone (and it even plays your ringtones over the speakers), call quality is super clear from both callers, the premium audio and subwoofer sounds great. 3-month trial of XM radio standard. Built in iPod/iPhone controls through the stereo is awesome. #8 The things that really got me are the small details that they didn't give up on to save money. Things like extended visors, cupped front seats, multi-mode odometer that displays range, time to empty, mpg, etc., blinkers on the exterior mirrors, fog lamps that don't look like they added them after car was designed, a shoulder seat belt for the middle person in the back seat; and so many more. It really is the little details that put this vehicle over the edge for me. CONS #1 It sounds stupid, but I would really like some kind of small tray or drawer to put my change in. #2 Again, minor point, but to have a separate key and key FOB is silly. Can't they figure out how to get it just on the key by now? #3 The pick-up is good, but not great. Even with 176 hp it feels like it could use a good kick. Don't get me wrong, it is good, but I couldn't imagine towing anything heavy and getting up a steep hill easily. #4 This is a mix of pro and con; because they are such great vehicles it can be VERY hard to find you the exact one you want. They searched for days and days for me and could not find one in white, so I went with grey. Obviously I am still in the honeymoon phase (sort of), but I am always a realist about this stuff and have not found anything that makes me think twice about this purchase. If you are on the fence because it's a Hyundai, I would say go to your local dealer and drive it. I was reluctant about it at first as well, but when I researched vehicles this was one of the final 3 contenders and I am extremely happy that I chose this vehicle.
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Car sold itself!

by from Boston, MA on November 20, 2010

I had previously owned a 2002 Santa Fe & loved it. When it was time for a new car, I definitely wanted another Hyundai. The new styling of the Tuscon was great! I loved that it had heated seats & lots...
I had previously owned a 2002 Santa Fe & loved it. When it was time for a new car, I definitely wanted another Hyundai. The new styling of the Tuscon was great! I loved that it had heated seats & lots of little extras that similar cars in that price range did not have. The fact that it is only 4-cylinder was a little bit of a turn-off, but I honestly don't even notice the difference. Got the AWD with "leatherette" interior. The leatherette has a funky smell at first (kind of like Payless shoe stores), but I was the only one who seemed bothered by it. All of my backseat passengers (adults) are amazed at the room they have.
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fantastic

by from Sauk rapids mn on August 31, 2011

I have had the suv for a year know.It has exceded my exspectations. I get27 to 28 in town and 30 to 32 on hwy. evan with a trailer. I get 28 to 29on hwy. in town no change 4x8 500#. I like every thing...
I have had the suv for a year know.It has exceded my exspectations. I get27 to 28 in town and 30 to 32 on hwy. evan with a trailer. I get 28 to 29on hwy. in town no change 4x8 500#. I like every thing about it .My wife has an equnox.like mine better.Only probblem I have had was not spinning the tires when I first got it.Perfect for me lots of room. End last winter got me through all the whit stuff with no probblem. only front weel drive. don't need all weel.
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Good vehicle

by from Tulsa, OK on July 5, 2011

I love my new Tucson. This vehicle is a far cry from Hyundai's origins. I have the AWD version and it is a real trooper. 3 weeks after my purchase we had 15" of snow and the AWD trucked right through ...
I love my new Tucson. This vehicle is a far cry from Hyundai's origins. I have the AWD version and it is a real trooper. 3 weeks after my purchase we had 15" of snow and the AWD trucked right through it. The engine is perky, but I wish they would offer a turbo version or a small V6. I am getting about 22-23 mpg in town and around 28 mpg on the highway. The comfort of the seats for me is great and all of the controls are nicely in reach. One complaint and it's my only complaint. Road noise. One thing that could use some improvement. All in all this is a great vehicle. Sporty feel with a compact SUV look. Love it!
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Hyundai tuscon 2011

by from montgomery, alabama on September 30, 2011

This overall is a great car I have owned my 2011 hyundai tuscon for about 3 months now and I could not be any happier. I want to be the first to tell you that you get a great SUV for the Price, I have...
This overall is a great car I have owned my 2011 hyundai tuscon for about 3 months now and I could not be any happier. I want to be the first to tell you that you get a great SUV for the Price, I have the limited with just about every feature you can think of and it is GREAT. I would reccomend this SUV to anybody and everybody, it is fun to drive and sporty also. Me and my family go on alot of trips and this may not look like it can do alot of off road but trust me it gets you to your destination, now im not saying its a 4x4 and to go running thew the mud.. but it will get you off road and you can have fun doing it. I also have to say the inside is so clean and smooth lined, i have nothing really bad to say about this Suv, the ride is like a high end car for half the price, looks are the same way you wont be dissapointed in this SUv. AAA+++
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Hyundai is the most reliable car I've ever owned.

by from Norman, Oklahoma on September 2, 2011

the multiple features and creature comfort make the Hyundai a pleasure and fun to drive. I love the style of the car. Most of all, I appreciate the great fuel efficiency.
the multiple features and creature comfort make the Hyundai a pleasure and fun to drive. I love the style of the car. Most of all, I appreciate the great fuel efficiency.
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by from on April 23, 2012

My Tucson is great, it does everything well or better, the handling, is incredible considering the type of vehicle it is, like alot of the reviews say, straight line driving takes a fair amount of sma...
My Tucson is great, it does everything well or better, the handling, is incredible considering the type of vehicle it is, like alot of the reviews say, straight line driving takes a fair amount of small adjustments because of the electronic power steering, but it becomes second nature after a while. I get an honest 32 miles per on the highway(trips of more than an hour) and about 20 around town. Performance is very good for a 4 banger, probably because of the 6 speed automatic, which is probably the best automatic I've driven. The interior is visually quite nice, and instruments are easily used and accessed. The four wheel drive, at times feels seamless, it's just there for you, and you can vary the type of 4 wheel that you need. Sadly, or not, I'm going to trade it in soon, and get a tucson w/ the turbo. I do wish Hyundai had some better colors for the Tucson.
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Price Right

by from Dallas, Texas on July 29, 2011

I have owned this vehicle for 2 months and it seems good. the bumper guard broke off within a month of ownership, not covered by the warranty. I have to replaced it at $300 cost.
I have owned this vehicle for 2 months and it seems good. the bumper guard broke off within a month of ownership, not covered by the warranty. I have to replaced it at $300 cost.
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2011 tuson ltd

by from matteson il on October 25, 2011

so far reliable ,once a year oil changes is incredbile32 mpg hwy.is good the only thing i dont like is the small gas tank
so far reliable ,once a year oil changes is incredbile32 mpg hwy.is good the only thing i dont like is the small gas tank
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