Hyundai's taken great care to boost the fuel economy of its entire lineup. It's promising that by 2025, its fleet will average 50 mpg.
The 2011 Tucson does its part, even adding a new model this year to notch up gas mileage a bit. The base Tucson now comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and automatic transmission, and is rated at 23/31 mpg by the EPA. With a five-speed manual transmission, the same engine delivers 20/27 mpg.
Moving up to the larger, 2.4-liter four-cylinder available on uplevel Tucsons, the manual-equipped versions gets 21/29 mpg; the automatic version, 22/31 mpg.
Adding all-wheel drive to this drivetrain drops fuel economy of manual-gearbox Tucsons to 20/27 mpg. With the big engine, the automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, the 2011 Tucson checks in at 21/28 mpg -- still better than many crossovers in its class.