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in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $13,992 - $18,459
Original MSRP: $18,895 - $26,345
MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy
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2011 Hyundai Tucson Interior

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Reviewers have few complaints about the 2011 Hyundai Tucson’s interior. Its front and back seats are comfortable and there’s a solid list of features that includes iPod and Bluetooth connectivity. There are a few drawbacks. Rearward visibility is poor, and some reviewers think the interior plastics are cheap.

  • "Unlike many of the humdrum interiors found in other crossover SUVs, the 2011 Hyundai Tucson offers a contoured twin-cowl dash that's available in two-tone color schemes. It's quite a bit more appealing than the plain, truck-style treatments seen in the competition, and more functional to boot." -- Edmunds
  • "Besides the downgraded performance and mileage, the GL has all the same accruements as the 2010 Tucson GLS: air conditioning; power windows, locks and mirrors; electronic stability control; and 17-inch steel wheels. The GL is only available with front-wheel drive." -- Cars.com
  • "Tucson's cabin is refined. Kudos to Hyundai for making the Popular Equipment Package standard on the 2011 GLS. Versions so equipped are trimmed with soft-touch materials and brushed-chrome bits. The seats' cloth/vinyl material is rich and convincing; patterned-cloth seat inserts add some personality to the cabin." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

Reviewers find the Tucson's interior roomy, especially in the back seat, a praise that isn’t common in the compact SUV class. Front seat comfort is also good, especially when drivers opt for the GLS and Limited models, which include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. These models cost more -- starting at $21,845 and $24,695, respectively.

  • "Headroom is quite good, and legroom is decent for tall folks, even with the front seats set far back. Wide-opening doors and a fairly large aperture mean entry and exit are easy." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Tucson provides a comfortable driving position for drivers of almost any size. We suggest opting for the GLS trim, though, as it includes a telescoping steering wheel along with other welcome items like Bluetooth, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel and high-quality leatherette/cloth upholstery. Backseat passengers aren't left out of the equation, either, as they'll enjoy respectable leg- and headroom. Sadly, the seat doesn't recline or slide fore and aft, as such seats frequently do in competing models." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2011 Hyundai Tucson comes loaded with standard features that are impressive for a $18,745 base price. The base model comes with power locks, a six-way adjustable driver seat, a center arm rest with storage and USB auxiliary input jacks. A Bluetooth hands-free phone system and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob come with the GLS and Limited trims, which cost $21,845 and $24,695 respectively.

Optional features include a touch-screen navigation system with a rearview camera, which may be a wise choice because reviewers say rearward visibility is poor. This option is only available with the GLS and limited trims, which are more expensive. With the navigation system, the Tucson will cost you $22,640 for a six-speed automatic with two-wheel drive.

Overall, the automotive press thinks the Tucson’s controls are simple and easy to use, especially the touch-screen navigation system.

  • "The controls are simple and within easy reach, including those for the optional touchscreen navigation system." -- Edmunds
  • "The climate-control dials are large and logically placed. Tucson's navigation system features a large, clear touchscreen that makes controlling its functions easy. Audio controls are absorbed into the navigation system, though are not overly complicated to master. Digital-music-player integration is nearly seamless." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A minor quibble: It's great to have an iPod/USB connector, but it's in an open cubby in the center stack, not in a place where your iPod would be protected or concealed when you left the vehicle." -- About.com
  • "There are still hard plastics on the dash and doors, but overall the cabin is more modern, with cool-blue lighting on the center stack and silver buttons there and on the steering wheel. It's also much quieter than before, but there is still some road noise." -- Motor Trend
  • "As we've come to expect, the interiors are appointed to compete; they're certainly as high in quality as some small crossovers and nicer than most. From the dashboard and door panels to the optional leather seats, there's a consistency you won't find in the Honda CR-V." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The 2011 Tucson provides 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up and 55.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Compared to other cars in the class, these numbers are low. If you’re looking for more cargo space, consider the GMC Terrain or its Chevy Equinox platform-mate. The Terrain provides 31.6 cubic feet and 63.9 with the second row folded, and it nearly matches the Tucson’s great fuel economy. However, it costs about $5,500 more.

For even more cargo space, look at the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. They provide more than 70 cubic feet with all seats folded down and only cost about $2,000 more than the Tucson. However, at 22/28 mpg and 21/28 mpg city/highway, their fuel economy ratings don’t compare. So if you want more cargo space, you’ll have to compromise.

  • "Tucson's seat backs fold nearly flat, though we wish Hyundai would include some sort of under-floor storage. A separate-opening glass liftgate window is no longer available, which is a bit disappointing. Generous small-items storage space includes a good-sized glove box, deep center-console bin, and large front-door pockets; the back seat's smaller door pockets offer added space for items such as water bottles." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Below-average cargo space." -- Edmunds

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