2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid review: Even more to like

This point appears so freakin’ great. Steven Ewing/Roadshow The 2022 Hyundai Tucson sets a new benchmark…

This point appears so freakin’ great.

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The 2022 Hyundai Tucson sets a new benchmark for compact crossovers, and it is wonderful. This fetching SUV packs tons of capabilities, all the hottest tech and sound on-road manners in a rad-looking bundle. How could Hyundai make it far better? Satisfy the 2022 Tucson Hybrid.


  • Standout styling
  • 37 mpg with no even making an attempt
  • Lavish interior
  • Superb infotainment tech

Never Like

  • Sensitive contact controls
  • No wireless CarPlay with larger sized multimedia monitor

Clearly, the huge offering level for any hybrid is fuel economic system, and the Tucson would not disappoint. The most economical Blue model will return 38 mpg blended in accordance to the Environmental Security Company, when my loaded Constrained does a bit worse (a nevertheless-pretty-great 37 mpg). Immediately after three hundred miles of screening, I had no difficulty assembly the EPA’s blended score, and which is with no altering my hardly tepid driving style. In fact, the Tucson Hybrid in fact encourages spirited driving, which is a different huge cause this CUV is seriously great.

Standard Tucsons are run by a 2.5-liter the natural way aspirated I4 with 187 horsepower which, when sufficient, is hardly remarkable. As a substitute of just electrifying that powertrain, the Tucson Hybrid uses a one.six-liter turbo I4 that on its possess offers a hundred and eighty hp, complemented by 195 pound-toes of torque that arrives on sturdy at just one,500 rpm. A one.5-kilowatt-hour battery sends electric power to an electrical motor, featuring an further 59 hp and 195 lb-ft. You are unable to just increase all these numbers with each other to get overall program output, of training course, but Hyundai quotes a closing determine of 226 hp, which is a very sound boost above the foundation Tucson, specially taking into consideration that plentiful low-end torque.

The most economical Tucson Hybrid really should return 38 mpg, in accordance to the EPA.

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All Tucson Hybrids occur standard with a six-velocity computerized transmission and all-wheel travel, and from the moment I pulled out of my driveway, I could actually sense a distinction. The Hybrid accelerates with a great deal more authority than the typical Tucson, with a very little electrical shove off the line in advance of a hurry of turbocharged torque helps this SUV get up to velocity. Equipment-changes are smooth and imperceptible, and there are even steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, though I am not actually certain when or why you’d use them in a car or truck like this.

Tucson Hybrids get Hyundai’s e-dealing with tech, which uses electric power from the electrical motor to basically introduce torque vectoring, braking the front wheels when coming into a corner and sending further torque to the rear axle when you exit. It is really anything you can actually sense on a winding road, not that it suddenly turns the Tucson into a athletics car or truck. Fuel-only and electrified Tucsons have the very same steering and suspension tunes, each of which are properly proper for a compact crossover. The steering is light but direct, and the MacPherson front strut and multilink rear suspension do a awesome position of keeping the Tucson smooth and secure at all times. Even with the Limited’s swanky 19-inch wheels, this Hyundai isn’t the minimum little bit crashy — even above horrible blemishes.

It is really unusual that a CUV’s hybrid option is each more economical and more strong than the standard gas model, but it only will make this Tucson more powerful. In fact, it will make me tremendous stoked to travel the impending Tucson plug-in hybrid, which offers a healthier 261 hp, not to mention an believed 32 miles of all-electrical driving selection.

Hyundai offers the Tucson Hybrid in 3 trim concentrations. The foundation Blue arrives in at $thirty,235, like $one,185 for location, and has the very same stage of devices as a non-hybrid Tucson SEL AWD. That suggests goodies like blind-location checking, rear cross-website traffic notify, complete-velocity adaptive cruise regulate, tinted windows, a proximity key and heated seats are all standard, in addition to technologies that occur with the most primary Tucson — LED headlights, forward collision warning, lane-keeping guide, computerized large-beams, an eight-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and, of training course, those freaking rad jogging lights.

The SEL Hybrid adds 19-inch wheels, ambient interior lights, Hyundai’s Digital Crucial, wireless charging and a ten.three-inch electronic instrument cluster. At $32,835 delivered, this actually appears like the way to go if you never treatment about possessing just about every last creature comfort and ease.

The Tucson’s interior is silent, relaxed and complete of tech.

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The upper-crust $38,535 Constrained Hybrid has almost everything you could ever want in a compact SUV. Items like a panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, remote parking guide (smaht pahk), heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, blind-location cameras are all standard, and you get a larger sized ten.three-inch multimedia screen, too (which weirdly would not contain wireless CarPlay). The Constrained even has Hyundai’s Highway Driving Guide, which combines lane-centering tech and adaptive cruise regulate to make those cumbersome drives down the freeway a great deal a lot easier.

This isn’t an exaggeration: The Tucson Limited’s interior is nicer than what you’ll find in a great deal of luxurious vehicles. The leather-based seats are cozy, the materials on the dashboard and doorway panels glance and sense great (I appreciate those material inserts) and the contact-sensitive array of buttons down below the infotainment monitor is each modern-day-looking and useful. Individuals buttons offer fast reaction, contrary to the haptic controls applied in some motor vehicles (Cadillac), though that gloss black panel is a magnet for fingerprint smudges, so possibly hold some wipes in the glovebox or heart console.

Aside from a handful of badges, the Hybrid appears the very same as other Tucsons. Which is to say, it is rad.

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Front and rear passengers have lots of room to extend out, and the Tucson Hybrid is no much less capacious than its gas-only counterpart. You will find a generous 38.eight cubic toes of house guiding the rear seats, which expands to seventy four.5 cubic toes if you fold the bench flat. That is ever so a bit much less than what a Honda CR-V offers, but more than what you’ll get in the Ford Escape or Toyota RAV4 hybrids. Thinking about how considerably nicer the Hyundai’s interior is — and how wonderful this SUV appears from the outside — it is a very slight tradeoff.

It is really definitely worthy of noting that the aforementioned rivals are a couple miles per gallon more economical than the Tucson, and they’re all very evenly priced. The Hyundai is far and away the best looking and best driving compact hybrid crossover, as well as it is got the fanciest interior and by far the nicest infotainment tech. I might thoroughly be inclined to sacrifice a mile per gallon or two taking into consideration all this crossover has to offer. The standard Tucson now raised the bar for compact SUVs the new Hybrid only pushes it larger.