2011 Hyundai Tucson vs. Its Competition

2010 Hyundai Tucson
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Compact, five-seat crossovers fight against a trio of very well-established competitors and a pair of well-designed dark horses.

The Honda CR-V is the long-standing champ in the class, with ample interior room, high build quality, and a smooth four-cylinder, but it's among the slowest vehicles in the class and its latest shape is controversial.

The Ford Escape is more upright and rugged, and it comes in Hybrid trim, but it suffers from a dated feel and a plasticky cabin.

The Toyota RAV4 squeezes a third-row seat in a similarly sized, similarly styled body, and offers a V-6 engine to boot, but it's a sharp step up the pricing ladder from Tucson territory.

The Tucson's lookalike, the Nissan Rogue, has smart style and visibility, but is hampered by its continuously variable transmission and lackluster performance.

The gem in the class: the Subaru Forester, with all the refinement of the best crossovers in this group, a tall and spacious cabin, sedate good looks, and a reputation for durability, though fuel economy is a distant second to that of the Tucson.

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Quick Specs
8.2
Much better than its predecessor, the 2011 Hyundai Tucson needs a touch more power and steering feel to top carlike utes like the Nissan Rogue.
7.6
The boxy, old-school appearance might turn you off, but the 2011 Ford Escape still delivers solid crossover and SUV bona fides.
7.4
The 2011 Honda CR-V is homely, as well as unexciting to drive; yet it's a great minivan alternative on many counts—appealing to practical shoppers with a roomy, versatile interior and top safety ratings.
7.2
The 2011 Nissan Rogue has a good feature set and great packaging for small-family use, but its performance and details aren't always delightful.
8.0
The roomy, versatile 2011 Subaru Forester handles better than just about any other small crossover, though the need for a more modern transmission and a little more cabin refinement keep it from greatness.
7.0
Don't let appearances mislead; the 2011 Toyota RAV4 is a modern, practical crossover choice and great for frugal families.
MSRP From     
$18,895$21,240$21,895$21,460$20,495$22,475
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility4WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door Manual GLFWD 4-Door XLS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door S4-Door Manual 2.5XFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sport Utility4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport Utility4 Door Sport Utility4 Door
Transmission     
ManualManualAutomaticContinuously variable ratioManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD