2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid review: Even more to like

This matter looks so freakin’ fantastic. Steven Ewing/Roadshow The 2022 Hyundai Tucson sets a new benchmark

This matter looks so freakin’ fantastic.

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The 2022 Hyundai Tucson sets a new benchmark for compact crossovers, and it really is wonderful. This fetching SUV packs tons of attributes, all the latest tech and stable on-street manners in a rad-wanting bundle. How could Hyundai make it greater? Meet the 2022 Tucson Hybrid.


  • Standout styling
  • 37 mpg devoid of even hoping
  • High-class inside
  • Exceptional infotainment tech

Do not Like

  • Sensitive contact controls
  • No wireless CarPlay with larger sized multimedia display screen

Naturally, the huge providing place for any hybrid is gasoline financial state, and the Tucson will not disappoint. The most economical Blue design will return 38 mpg combined according to the Environmental Safety Company, though my loaded Minimal does a little worse (a even now-really-fantastic 37 mpg). Soon after three hundred miles of screening, I experienced no difficulties conference the EPA’s combined score, and which is devoid of altering my hardly tepid driving design and style. In truth, the Tucson Hybrid in fact encourages spirited driving, which is a different huge motive this CUV is critically fantastic.

Common Tucsons are powered by a 2.five-liter in a natural way aspirated I4 with 187 horsepower which, though sufficient, is hardly exciting. Rather of just electrifying that powertrain, the Tucson Hybrid makes use of a 1.6-liter turbo I4 that on its very own delivers 180 hp, complemented by 195 pound-feet of torque that arrives on potent at just 1,500 rpm. A 1.five-kilowatt-hour battery sends electric power to an electrical motor, giving an further fifty nine hp and 195 lb-ft. You won’t be able to just include all these numbers with each other to get total process output, of class, but Hyundai offers a last figure of 226 hp, which is a rather stable boost about the base Tucson, specifically thinking of that plentiful very low-close torque.

The most economical Tucson Hybrid need to return 38 mpg, according to the EPA.

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All Tucson Hybrids come normal with a 6-speed computerized transmission and all-wheel push, and from the instant I pulled out of my driveway, I could actually really feel a variation. The Hybrid accelerates with a good deal a lot more authority than the ordinary Tucson, with a very little electrical shove off the line right before a hurry of turbocharged torque assists this SUV get up to speed. Equipment-changes are sleek and imperceptible, and there are even steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, however I’m not actually guaranteed when or why you would use them in a motor vehicle like this.

Tucson Hybrids get Hyundai’s e-handling tech, which makes use of electric power from the electrical motor to in essence introduce torque vectoring, braking the front wheels when getting into a corner and sending further torque to the rear axle when you exit. It’s something you can actually really feel on a winding street, not that it quickly turns the Tucson into a sports activities motor vehicle. Fuel-only and electrified Tucsons have the exact same steering and suspension tunes, both of which are completely proper for a compact crossover. The steering is gentle but immediate, and the MacPherson front strut and multilink rear suspension do a awesome position of preserving the Tucson sleek and secure at all times. Even with the Limited’s swanky 19-inch wheels, this Hyundai isn’t the least bit crashy — even about unpleasant blemishes.

It’s unusual that a CUV’s hybrid alternative is both a lot more economical and a lot more highly effective than the normal gas design, but it only makes this Tucson a lot more compelling. In truth, it makes me super stoked to push the impending Tucson plug-in hybrid, which delivers a nutritious 261 hp, not to mention an believed 32 miles of all-electrical driving selection.

Hyundai delivers the Tucson Hybrid in 3 trim stages. The base Blue arrives in at $30,235, including $1,185 for place, and has the exact same stage of products as a non-hybrid Tucson SEL AWD. That usually means goodies like blind-spot checking, rear cross-targeted visitors notify, total-speed adaptive cruise regulate, tinted windows, a proximity vital and heated seats are all normal, in addition to technologies that come with the most simple Tucson — LED headlights, ahead collision warning, lane-preserving guide, computerized large-beams, an 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and, of class, individuals freaking rad running lights.

The SEL Hybrid provides 19-inch wheels, ambient inside lighting, Hyundai’s Electronic Critical, wireless charging and a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster. At $32,835 delivered, this actually appears to be like the way to go if you never treatment about acquiring every very last creature comfort.

The Tucson’s inside is tranquil, cozy and total of tech.

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The higher-crust $38,535 Minimal Hybrid has every little thing 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-spot cameras are all normal, and you get a larger sized 10.3-inch multimedia display screen, as well (which weirdly will not incorporate wireless CarPlay). The Minimal even has Hyundai’s Freeway Driving Guide, which combines lane-centering tech and adaptive cruise regulate to make individuals laborous drives down the freeway a good deal much easier.

This isn’t an exaggeration: The Tucson Limited’s inside is nicer than what you will discover in a good deal of luxury vehicles. The leather-based seats are comfortable, the products on the dashboard and doorway panels appear and really feel wonderful (I adore individuals cloth inserts) and the contact-delicate array of buttons under the infotainment display screen is both modern-wanting and purposeful. All those buttons give quick response, compared with the haptic controls utilized in some automobiles (Cadillac), however that gloss black panel is a magnet for fingerprint smudges, so possibly preserve some wipes in the glovebox or center console.

Aside from a number of badges, the Hybrid looks the exact same as other Tucsons. Which is to say, it really is rad.

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Front and rear passengers have lots of room to stretch out, and the Tucson Hybrid is no significantly less capacious than its gas-only counterpart. There’s a generous 38.8 cubic feet of house guiding the rear seats, which expands to seventy four.five cubic feet if you fold the bench flat. That is ever so a little significantly less than what a Honda CR-V delivers, but a lot more than what you will get in the Ford Escape or Toyota RAV4 hybrids. Contemplating how a lot nicer the Hyundai’s inside is — and how wonderful this SUV looks from the outside the house — it really is a rather minimal tradeoff.

It’s definitely worth noting that the aforementioned rivals are a couple miles for every gallon a lot more economical than the Tucson, and they are all rather evenly priced. The Hyundai is considerably and absent the ideal wanting and ideal driving compact hybrid crossover, in addition it really is received the fanciest inside and by considerably the nicest infotainment tech. I would fully be prepared to sacrifice a mile for every gallon or two thinking of all this crossover has to give. The normal Tucson previously elevated the bar for compact SUVs the new Hybrid only pushes it larger.