Just about the one factor that is constant between the all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson and its predecessor is the identify, the badge in its grille and the actual fact it is nonetheless a crossover SUV. In any other case, the brand new Tucson goes from being one of many smallest compact crossovers to one of many largest, with commensurate good points in passenger and cargo area. The design goes from tasteful if forgettable, to a novel celebration of exaggerated strains and expressive accent lighting. If nothing else, it is positively memorable. The inside equally goes from enticing and purposeful with a couple of low-cost bits, to borderline luxurious and an actual head turner within the phase with distinctive expertise. Lastly, the powertrain lineup goes from a selection of two blah naturally aspirated four-cylinders to solely a single still-pretty-blah one, however there’s now a selection of hybrid powertrains as nicely (together with a plug-in hybrid). Put all of it collectively, and never solely do you will have a radically totally different Tucson, however a radically improved one.

Certainly, the 2022 Tucson can now be thought-about one of many prime decisions in its phase because it mainly checks off all of the containers of the phase’s heavyweights, the  Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Area, gasoline financial system, worth and high quality are all comparable, whereas boasting superior infotainment and security applied sciences, an extended guarantee and a extra enticing inside. The decision on its exterior is likely to be a bit extra polarizing, however we might moderately have overly expressive than nameless. The driving expertise is equally as mundane as these different prime contenders, however at the least the Hybrid’s conventional automated transmission leads to a extra “regular” really feel in comparison with Honda and Toyota’s hybrid system. There will even be the brand new Tucson N Line later within the mannequin yr, which guarantees to supply a sharper, extra responsive driving expertise (albeit paired to the bottom engine). In brief, try the brand new Tucson. 

What’s new for 2022?

2022 marks the introduction of a brand new technology of Hyundai’s compact SUV, so just about all the things is new. Hyundai has revamped the Tucson alongside the identical strains as its different merchandise, introducing a brand new suite of powertrain choices (normal, hybrid, and plug-in) and migrating it onto a bigger, extra comfy and extra electrification-friendly platform. There will even be a sportier Tucson N Line model. 

What is the Tucson inside and in-car expertise like?

In a phase the place many opponents go together with a extra purposeful aesthetic, the Hyundai Tucson is extra fashionable, extra tech-focused and extra premium. We particularly just like the dash-width vents and material trim. Plastics and switchgear are of a top quality as nicely. There are some key variations based mostly on trim degree, nonetheless. In addition to upholstery and shade decisions, the middle stack controls really differs. Most include an 8-inch touchscreen, whereas an improve 10.25-inch widescreen unit is on the market as improve. Their primary person interface is comparable, however the larger display screen will increase performance.  Unusually, solely the 8-inch display screen is suitable with wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; the bigger unit requires a wired connection. That is true of most up-to-date Hyundai merchandise, and the ten.25-inch system will get new {hardware} in future mannequin years to deal with this.

With both, Hyundai ditched a standard quantity knob and different bodily controls, which is a downgrade. Low-end fashions get scroll wheels for quantity and tuning (under left) which is technically higher than the tap-tap-tapping it’s important to do with the all-touch controls paired with the ten.25-inch unit (under proper), however they’re nonetheless unusual. Contact-sensitive controls have additionally traditionally been troublesome to search out and efficiently press whereas driving and these are not any totally different. All that piano black trim additionally means heaps and plenty of finger prints. 

In any other case, the entrance seats are comfy and supportive with wonderful adjustment on increased trims (base fashions get simply six-way handbook adjustment). Rear-seat recline and distant fold-down options are normal, and heating for the rear bench is on the market on the range-topping Restricted mannequin.

How huge is the Tucson?

With somewhat assist from its new, bigger platform, the Tucson grew significantly inside for the 2022 mannequin yr. It’s now virtually precisely the identical measurement as a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V, falling proper within the candy spot for the compact phase. In addition to providing loads of room for adults, we may simply match a rear-facing baby seat whereas sustaining loads of area up entrance for driver and passenger. 

Behind the raised again seat, Hyundai now claims 38.7 cubic toes of rear cargo room, which places it proper between the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. At the least on paper. As we found in our Tucson baggage check,  the brand new Tucson can really maintain a bit greater than them with regards to precise stuff. There’s an asterisk, although. Though the Tucson Hybrid has the identical cargo capability on paper because the gas-only model, it doesn’t have a spare tire (just like the CR-V Hybrid, however in contrast to the RAV4 Hybrid). So, you do lose one thing by including batteries — it is simply not apparent on the spec sheet or when loading luggage.

What are the Tucson gasoline financial system and efficiency specs?

The Tucson has spawned some new offshoots for 2022, together with hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants, that means there’s doubtless a mannequin for almost any style.

The bottom mannequin’s 2.5-liter 4-cylinder makes an sufficient however uninspiring 187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. It’s rated at 26 mpg metropolis, 33 mpg freeway and 29 mpg mixed with front-wheel drive, which is aggressive for the phase. AWD drops these figures to 24/29/26 mpg.

The hybrid mannequin ups the efficiency to 226 horses and 195 lb-ft and ups the fuel-economy figures to 38 mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed on the ultra-efficient Blue mannequin and 37/36/37 mpg on the SEL Comfort and Restricted trims. These don’t fairly measure as much as the CR-V and RAV4 hybrids, however are important upgrades over the Hyundai’s normal engine, and the hybrid offers a greater driving expertise in addition.

The Tucson Plug-in Hybrid presents a potent mixed output of 261 whole horsepower and 224 lb-ft of torque. It presents 33 miles of all-electric driving vary and its rated by the EPA at 80 miles-per-gallon equal (MPGe). That is lower than the RAV4 Prime’s 42 miles and 94 MPGe. 

What is the Tucson prefer to drive?

We described the usual 2.5-liter engine as “blah” above, and that’s concerning the nicest factor we are able to say about it. Its sluggish throttle response and reliance on downshifting to take care of velocity makes it irritating to drive in visitors because the eight-speed automated hunts for gears. The expertise is improved when using the Tucson’s adaptive cruise management and/or obtainable Freeway Drive Help semi-self-driving function. In different phrases, while you’re barely driving it.

Thank goodness there’s such various obtainable within the Tucson Hybrid, which smooths out the engine’s stumbles with the assistance of a turbocharger and electrical help. The hybrid feels punchy and responsive sufficient to masks its elevated weight, and it’s way more nice to drive in congested areas or stop-and-go visitors than the common mannequin. Its conventional six-speed automated additionally makes it speed up in a extra regular method than Toyota’s e-CVT and Honda’s uniquely sophisticated system. The Tucson Hybrid ought to enhance this much more and comes with the additional advantage of emissions-free short-distance commuting, although we’ve but to check it. We additionally hadn’t examined the brand new Tucson N Line on the time of this writing. 

What different Tucson critiques can I learn?

2022 Hyundai Tucson First Drive Assessment

We spent a while with each the two.5-liter and hybrid fashions. 

2022 Hyundai Tucson driveway and infotainment check

The dearth of a quantity knob is disappointing, however the loaded-up Tucson’s infotainment continues to be fairly good. 

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2022 Hyundai Tucson Baggage Check

We discover out that the Tucson can haul extra baggage than another compact SUV we have examined. It could or could not include a spare tire, although.

How a lot is the 2022 Tucson worth and what options can be found?

The bottom, front-wheel-drive Tucson SE begins at $26,135 (together with the $1,185 vacation spot cost). Customary gear consists of 17-inch alloy wheels, some LED exterior lighting, distant keyless entry, energy locks and home windows, and the remote-folding 60/40-split second row. The SEL ups the value to $27,685 and provides LED back lights, a handful of superior security options, heated entrance seats and facet mirrors, adaptive cruise management, and rear USB retailers amongst different options.

Hyundai’s N Line provides sporty inside and exterior accents and distinctive 19” wheels at $31,785, and the range-topping Restricted is available in successfully loaded, including a panoramic sunroof, projector LED headlights, the ten.25-inch display screen and plenty of different goodies for $35,885.

Including AWD to any mannequin will set you again $1,500. Stepping as much as the hybrid mannequin eliminates the bottom SE variant and N-Line fashions and provides a roughly $1,000 premium on the SEL degree—nicely value it for the improved driving expertise and gasoline financial system.

Pricing and packaging for the Plug-in mannequin are usually not but obtainable.

What are the Tucson security rankings and driver help options?

The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security named the 2022 Tucson a Prime Security Choose+ for its best-possible efficiency in all crash assessments and for its frontal crash safety programs. The Restricted trim’s headlights had been rated a prime “Good,” whereas the bottom headlights received the second-best “Acceptable” ranking. 

The SE mannequin comes normal with ahead collision warning and automated emergency braking, lane retaining help and driver consideration monitoring. Upgrading to the SEL mannequin provides blind spot collision avoidance and rear automated emergency braking. Restricted fashions bake in Hyundai’s Freeway Drive Help semi-self-driving system, a 360-degree digicam system, blind spot cameras, reverse parking collision avoidance help, Sensible Park distant parking and rain-sensing wipers.