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UPDATED: May 21, 2019

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The 2011 Hyundai Tucson gets good reviews from the auto press for its spacious cabin, fuel efficient engine, smooth ride, and long warranty. With a starting MSRP of $18,895, it’s also one of the more affordable options in the compact SUV class.

Its weaknesses, according to some reviewers, include a smaller-than-average cargo bay, a cabin that’s poorly insulated from road noise, and some low quality interior materials. When the 2012 Tucson hits dealerships, it will start at $19,045.

How much is auto insurance per month?

Although the Hyundai Tucson will be a satisfactory choice for many consumers, some reviewers suggest the Honda CR-V or the Toyota RAV4 for families who need more cargo space or the Chevrolet Equinox (offering a larger cargo bay and slightly better fuel economy).

Like the CR-V and the RAV4, though, the Equinox costs a few thousand dollars more than the Tucson. Read on to find out how much auto insurance costs for the average 2011 Tucson driver.

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Hyundai Tucson Auto Insurance Rates

According to Edmunds, the typical Hyundai Tucson owner pays around $117 a month for car insurance. That adds up to just over $1,400 per year.

Although this estimated auto insurance rate is a bit lower than the Toyota RAV4’s projected monthly premium of $121, it’s a bit higher than the monthly auto insurance rates for some other compact SUVs.

For instance, Chevy Equinox drivers will only pay an average of $113 each month for car insurance, and Honda CR-V drivers can expect to pay just over $100 per month.

For Nissan Rogue drivers, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) projects a monthly rate of just $87.

Hyundai Tucson Repair Costs

If you add up the repair bills that your Hyundai Tucson accumulates over the first five years that you own it, you’ll probably find that you’ve spent a little over $700, Edmunds reports.

The anticipated average repair costs for the Chevy Equinox, the RAV4, and the CR-V are very close to this estimate as well.

Although auto insurance costs for the Nissan Rogue were much lower than those for the competition, the NADA estimates that 2011 Rogue drivers will pay much more than other compact SUV drivers for repairs.

The expected 5-year repair bill is $1,406 for this vehicle.

Hyundai Tucson Routine Maintenance

According to Edmunds’ projections, average maintenance costs for the 2011 Hyundai Tucson are between $2,500 and $3,000 for five years. This is a bit higher than the $2,362 expected maintenance cost that the NADA reports for the Nissan Rogue, and about the same as what you’ll pay to maintain a Honda CR-V.

Scheduled maintenance costs for the RAV4 are nearly $1,000 higher, at $3,434 for five years, and Chevy Equinox drivers should be prepared to pay roughly $4,000 in routine maintenance costs over five years, Edmunds reports.

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Hyundai Tucson Price Comparison

The Hyundai Tucson’s starting MSRP of just under $19,000 doesn’t make it the least expensive compact SUV, but it does make it one of the better values in its class.

The Jeep Patriot starts at just $15,995, but U.S. News ranks it only 20th out of 23 compact SUVs due to a weak engine, cheap interior, and low reliability scores.

The Kia Sportage, which starts at $18,295, is ranked 7th, just below the Tucson. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which starts at $18,495, ranks 12th.

The top-ranked RAV4 has a starting price of $22,475, which is roughly $4,000 more than the base model Tucson. The Equinox and the CR-V, which are tied for 2nd place, are priced at $22,995 and $21,895, respectively.

The CR-V won the title of “2011 Best Affordable Compact SUV for Families.”

Hyundai Tucson Crash Test Scores

Both the 2011 and 2012 Hyundai Tucson models have been selected as “Top Safety Picks” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). To earn this designation, a vehicle must have standard electronic stability control, which is a computerized system that detects and corrects over- and under-steering.

This helps to prevent the vehicle from going into a skid. Vehicles must also earn the highest possible scores on four crash tests: whiplash protection, side impact, front impact, and roof strength. Roof strength is critical for protecting passengers if a rollover occurs.

Other vehicles selected as “Top Safety Picks” for the compact SUV category include the following:

  • Honda Element
  • Kia Sportage
  • Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Subaru Forester

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Efficiency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Tucson’s fuel economy at 22 city mpg/30 highway mpg.

This isn’t as impressive as the Chevrolet Equinox’s 32 highway mpg or the Ford Escape’s 23 city mpg, but it still makes the 2011 Tucson one of the more fuel efficient vehicles in its class. The RAV4 and the CR-V only get 28 highway mpg, and the CR-V’s city gas mileage is just 21 mpg.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has the best highway fuel economy in this class, at 31 mpg, and the Ford Escape Hybrid’s 30 mpg city makes it the best bet for around-town driving.

Hyundai Tucson Trim Levels

The upcoming 2012 Hyundai Tucson will be featured in three basic trim levels: the GL, GLS, and Limited. All three have 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engines. The GL, which starts at just over $19,000, will have a manual transmission and satellite radio.

The GLS is equipped with an automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive and Bluetooth connectivity are available. In the 2012 Tucson Limited, a satellite navigation system will be optional.

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