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).
#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.
#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.