Examined: 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Aids Mileage and Efficiency

Redesigned for 2022, the Hyundai Tucson rises from the mire of compact-crossover mediocrity with its exterior design, wealthy options set, and polished demeanor. Its customary engine, although, delivers tepid acceleration. Fortunately, electrification rides to the rescue on its battery-powered horse, giving the Tucson hybrid not solely higher gasoline mileage but additionally a welcome shot of adrenaline.

Gasoline financial system is any hybrid’s calling card, so we’ll begin there. EPA estimates for the Tucson hybrid with customary all-wheel drive are 37 mpg metropolis and 36 mpg freeway, or 38/38 mpg for the bottom Blue mannequin. That is a giant soar up from the common Tucson, with its 2.5-liter four-cylinder and all-wheel drive, which carries estimates of 24/29 mpg.

HIGHS: A lot faster than the nonhybrid model, higher EPA numbers, spacious again seat and cargo maintain.

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Subsequent to different all-wheel-drive hybrid compact SUVs, the Tucson is not fairly as spectacular. The Honda CR-V’s estimates are 40/35 mpg, whereas these for the Toyota RAV4 (41/38 mpg) and the Ford Escape (43/37 mpg) are even higher. And the Tucson hybrid underachieved in our 75-mph freeway fuel-economy take a look at, delivering simply 28 mpg—that is disappointing, given {that a} Kia Sorento hybrid, which makes use of a front-wheel-drive model of the identical powertrain, managed 42 mpg in the identical take a look at.

If the fuel-economy argument does not win you over, the hybrid’s snappier acceleration would possibly. Its 1.6-liter turbo 4 pairs with a 59-hp electrical motor for a complete of 226 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which betters the usual 2.5-liter by 39 horses and 80 pound-feet. Regardless of weighing 146 kilos greater than the base-engine AWD Tucson, the hybrid can eclipse 60 mph in a comparably fleet 7.1 seconds versus a languid 8.8 for the usual Tucson. The Tucson hybrid additionally beat the 60-mph instances of the hybrid RAV4, CR-V, and Escape. Within the quarter-mile, it reveals comparable positive factors, with the hybrid finishing a cross in 15.4 seconds at 91 mph versus 16.7 at 85 mph for the usual mannequin. Once more, the Tucson hybrid additionally tops its rivals. Passing efficiency is far improved as nicely. Accelerating from 50 to 70 mph took 4.6 seconds right here—a lot faster the bottom mannequin’s 6.0 seconds. Total, drivers will discover ample grunt to tug shortly away from a cease or stand up to hurry merging down a brief on-ramp.

LOWS: Annoying contact controls, push-button gear choice, disappointing real-world freeway gas financial system.

Not like its rivals, the Tucson hybrid employs a six-speed computerized transmission quite than a CVT. That may sacrifice a measure of effectivity, nevertheless it makes for nice drivability with out the slurred throttle response of a stepless transmission. The Tucson hybrid additionally avoids different frequent gas-engine drivability drawbacks. The handoffs between gasoline and electrical propulsion are seamless, with the electrical motor capable of solely energy the car even at freeway speeds, albeit underneath very mild throttle purposes. Regardless of the mixing of regenerative and friction braking, there isn’t any weirdness within the brake-pedal modulation. The hybrid additionally tows as much as 2000 kilos, identical as with the bottom engine. There may be one disadvantage, although: The Tucson hybrid beeps when reversing, similar to a Prius. That is annoying.

In distinction to its creased and faceted sheetmetal, the Tucson hybrid’s driving expertise smooths out the tough edges. The experience is nicely managed, and the suspension can masks all however the sharpest bumps. We measured 70 decibels of noise underneath wide-open throttle, a quiet efficiency for a compact crossover. The hybrid’s 0.84 g of grip on the skidpad simply fractionally beats the common Tucson’s 0.83 g and in addition betters the Honda, Toyota, and Ford hybrids. We would not go as far as to name this Hyundai’s dealing with partaking—that is no Porsche Macan—though the steering is pleasantly weighted.

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Outdoors of the mechanicals, the Tucson hybrid brings the identical spectacular packaging because the common model. The brand new Tucson is 6.1 inches longer than earlier than with a 3.4-inch longer wheelbase. That greater field makes for 41.3 inches of rear-seat legroom, which surpasses even the spacious CR-V, and a six-footer has loads of area sitting behind a equally sized driver. The cargo quantity of 39 cubic toes behind the rear seats and 75 with the rear seatbacks folded is among the many most commodious within the phase (and a minimum of the nonhybrid Tucson).

The inside design of our top-spec Restricted mannequin could not match the finery of Hyundai’s ritziest Santa Fe or Palisade fashions, however it’s modern and engaging. The climate-control vents are merged into the inside trim, which sweeps from the door panels onto the sprint and down the perimeters of the middle stack—a neat contact. The 2 higher trims function a freestanding digital instrument cluster that does not provide an entire lot of configurability however does incorporate Hyundai’s useful blind-spot view monitor.

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Though the inside appears to be like good, the middle stack’s expanse of at the moment stylish touch-sensitive controls is an ergonomic flop. Plus and minus touchpoints for audio quantity and tuning are by no means the suitable reply, and contact controls for temperature and fan velocity aren’t a lot better. A few of this may be prevented by bypassing the Restricted in favor of the SEL Comfort or the Blue trim degree, each of which a minimum of have some bodily controls: thumbwheels for quantity and audio tuning and flipper switches to regulate cabin temperature. There’s a financial institution of bodily buttons for lesser controls on the entrance of the middle console, the place one other group of buttons carry out shifting duties quite than a extra ergonomic gear lever.

Our Restricted mannequin featured the Tucson’s bigger 10.3-inch infotainment show, which will be partitioned to indicate two features directly—navigation and audio, as an illustration. If the system is paired with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, nevertheless, the suitable aspect of the display screen considerably much less helpfully reveals your telephone’s make and mannequin as an alternative. With reference to smartphone mirroring, the Restricted’s bigger show requires a wired connection, however the 8.0-inch touchscreen within the two decrease trims helps wi-fi connectivity.

So, that is a few knocks towards the Restricted. In its favor, nevertheless, are unique options together with heated rear seats, ventilated entrance seats, a surround-view digital camera, distant good parking, and smartphone-as-key functionality. Adaptive cruise management is customary on all trims, however solely the Restricted will get Hyundai’s extra refined freeway driving help. In all, this can be a strong listing of upscale tools.

The Tucson hybrid begins at $30,425 for the Blue and ranges as much as $38,725 for the Restricted, costs which are $1150 to $2350 greater than the equal base-engine mannequin with all-wheel drive. On condition that the hybrid addresses the brand new Tucson’s chief shortcoming whereas additionally offering a fuel-economy bonus, it appears value the additional spend. For us, that is the Tucson to get.

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