2011 Hyundai Tucson Thrifty, Rugged, Handsome>

Crossovers utility vehicles (CUVs), sort of like Brad Pitt, are very popular with the ladies these days. And while there’s only one Brad, there are bunches of handsome CUVs to choose from in today’s market. We recently kicked the tires and went on a date with the handsome 2011 Hyundai Tucson, and we liked what it had to offer in terms of value, roominess, and fuel economy.

Whether you’re shuttling the gals to see the latest chic-flick, or it’s couple’s night out, your rear seat passengers will be able to stretch out with the 38.7 inches of legroom. That’s very generous compared to other CUVs in the Tucson’s class.
And if you happen to lose your senses and go on a designer shoe-buying binge, you can fold down the rear seats for 55.8 cubic-feet of joyful cargo space. For 2011, the five-passenger crossover Tucson features a new entry-level GL trim to go along with the upscale GLS and Limited editions.

Ladies, how much motor muscle to you demand from your sporty CUV? The entry level GL boasts a 2.0-liter that produces 165 horsepower. It’s available with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The let-it-do-the-shifting version features a thrifty EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 23 mpg city and 31 highway. The GLS and Limited models feature a 176-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which is also great on gas — EPA rated at 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway (for two-wheel drive option). Both the GLS and Limited can be had with all-wheel-drive with slightly less mpg, 21 city / 28 highway.

Regardless of which trim package you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy such standard features as an auto-down driver’s window, remote keyless entry, and an iPod jack. Looking for a bit more interior dazzle? Both the GLS and Limited models come standard with Bluetooth connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A navigation system is available at an extra cost.

Our hats go off to Hyundai for squeezing a whole lot of bang into the Tucson…for not a whole lot of bucks. It’s packed with plenty of safety features, and it handles more like a car than a utility vehicle. The 2011 Tucson is fuel-efficient, rugged, versatile and easy on the eyes. Click here and HerHighway will direct you to the 411 on pricing, options, warranty and dealer availability.