2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid review: Even more to like

Nancy J. Delong

This issue appears so freakin’ excellent.

Steven Ewing/Roadshow

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson sets a new benchmark for compact crossovers, and it is really wonderful. This fetching SUV packs tons of features, all the newest tech and sound on-street manners in a rad-looking bundle. How could Hyundai make it much better? Meet up with the 2022 Tucson Hybrid.


  • Standout styling
  • 37 mpg without even attempting
  • Magnificent interior
  • Great infotainment tech

Do not Like

  • Sensitive touch controls
  • No wireless CarPlay with greater multimedia display screen

Certainly, the major offering place for any hybrid is gas financial system, and the Tucson does not disappoint. The most efficient Blue design will return 38 mpg combined according to the Environmental Defense Agency, even though my loaded Confined does marginally even worse (a continue to-extremely-excellent 37 mpg). Just after three hundred miles of tests, I had no issues assembly the EPA’s combined score, and that’s without transforming my hardly tepid driving type. In point, the Tucson Hybrid in fact encourages spirited driving, which is yet another major rationale this CUV is severely excellent.

Normal Tucsons are powered by a 2.5-liter in a natural way aspirated I4 with 187 horsepower which, even though ample, is hardly remarkable. As an alternative of just electrifying that powertrain, the Tucson Hybrid works by using a 1.six-liter turbo I4 that on its individual delivers 180 hp, complemented by 195 pound-ft of torque that arrives on robust at just 1,500 rpm. A 1.5-kilowatt-hour battery sends electrical power to an electric powered motor, supplying an added fifty nine hp and 195 lb-ft. You cannot just insert all these quantities with each other to get complete method output, of class, but Hyundai quotations a remaining figure of 226 hp, which is a very sound maximize around the base Tucson, primarily thinking of that plentiful lower-finish torque.

The most efficient Tucson Hybrid should really return 38 mpg, according to the EPA.

Steven Ewing/Roadshow

All Tucson Hybrids occur normal with a 6-pace automatic transmission and all-wheel push, and from the instant I pulled out of my driveway, I could truly come to feel a difference. The Hybrid accelerates with a ton extra authority than the typical Tucson, with a small electric powered shove off the line right before a rush of turbocharged torque allows this SUV get up to pace. Equipment-adjustments are clean and imperceptible, and there are even steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, though I am not truly certain when or why you’d use them in a auto like this.

Tucson Hybrids get Hyundai’s e-handling tech, which works by using electrical power from the electric powered motor to in essence introduce torque vectoring, braking the front wheels when coming into a corner and sending added torque to the rear axle when you exit. It is really something you can truly come to feel on a winding street, not that it instantly turns the Tucson into a sports auto. Gasoline-only and electrified Tucsons have the very same steering and suspension tunes, the two of which are perfectly suitable for a compact crossover. The steering is light but immediate, and the MacPherson front strut and multilink rear suspension do a good occupation of retaining the Tucson clean and stable at all moments. Even with the Limited’s swanky 19-inch wheels, this Hyundai just isn’t the least bit crashy — even around awful blemishes.

It is really unusual that a CUV’s hybrid option is the two extra efficient and extra powerful than the normal gas design, but it only tends to make this Tucson extra powerful. In point, it tends to make me tremendous stoked to push the forthcoming Tucson plug-in hybrid, which delivers a healthy 261 hp, not to mention an believed 32 miles of all-electric powered driving range.

Hyundai delivers the Tucson Hybrid in 3 trim amounts. The base Blue arrives in at $thirty,235, like $1,185 for vacation spot, and has the very same stage of tools as a non-hybrid Tucson SEL AWD. That means goodies like blind-place monitoring, rear cross-website traffic warn, whole-pace adaptive cruise management, tinted windows, a proximity essential and heated seats are all normal, in addition to systems that occur with the most fundamental Tucson — LED headlights, forward collision warning, lane-retaining help, automatic higher-beams, an eight-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and, of class, all those freaking rad jogging lights.

The SEL Hybrid provides 19-inch wheels, ambient interior lighting, Hyundai’s Digital Important, wireless charging and a 10.three-inch digital instrument cluster. At $32,835 shipped, this truly looks like the way to go if you really don’t treatment about owning each last creature comfort and ease.

The Tucson’s interior is quiet, cozy and whole of tech.

Steven Ewing/Roadshow

The upper-crust $38,535 Confined Hybrid has all the things you could at any time want in a compact SUV. Things like a panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, remote parking help (smaht pahk), heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, blind-place cameras are all normal, and you get a greater 10.three-inch multimedia show, much too (which weirdly does not involve wireless CarPlay). The Confined even has Hyundai’s Highway Driving Guide, which brings together lane-centering tech and adaptive cruise management to make all those tedious drives down the freeway a ton less difficult.

This just isn’t an exaggeration: The Tucson Limited’s interior is nicer than what you’ll uncover in a ton of luxury vehicles. The leather-based seats are cozy, the components on the dashboard and door panels look and come to feel good (I adore all those cloth inserts) and the touch-delicate array of buttons down below the infotainment display screen is the two modern day-looking and purposeful. Those buttons present fast response, contrary to the haptic controls used in some motor vehicles (Cadillac), though that gloss black panel is a magnet for fingerprint smudges, so perhaps hold some wipes in the glovebox or centre console.

Apart from a few badges, the Hybrid appears the very same as other Tucsons. Which is to say, it is really rad.

Steven Ewing/Roadshow

Front and rear travellers have a lot of space to extend out, and the Tucson Hybrid is no considerably less capacious than its gas-only counterpart. There is a generous 38.eight cubic ft of area powering the rear seats, which expands to seventy four.5 cubic ft if you fold the bench flat. That is at any time so marginally considerably less than what a Honda CR-V delivers, but extra than what you’ll get in the Ford Escape or Toyota RAV4 hybrids. Taking into consideration how substantially nicer the Hyundai’s interior is — and how wonderful this SUV appears from the exterior — it is really a very insignificant tradeoff.

It is really undoubtedly truly worth noting that the aforementioned competition are a pair miles per gallon extra efficient than the Tucson, and they are all very evenly priced. The Hyundai is far and absent the best looking and best driving compact hybrid crossover, plus it is really obtained the fanciest interior and by far the nicest infotainment tech. I might absolutely be keen to sacrifice a mile per gallon or two thinking of all this crossover has to present. The normal Tucson presently raised the bar for compact SUVs the new Hybrid only pushes it bigger.

Next Post

OnePlus Nord review: An inexpensive 5G phone that's anything but cheap

With 5G, a solid lineup of specs and a beautiful, vibrant design, the OnePlus Nord, released in 2020 in the UK, offers a hell of a lot for a reasonable price. You can currently find it for £329 or about $428 on Amazon, which is significantly cheaper than its $1,069 flagship […]