Hyundai claims to have the widest range of electrified vehicles on the market today and adds to its popular Tucson compact SUV 2022 line-up with three all-new hybrids and one plug-in hybrid (PHEV) with all Hyundai Tucsons now larger inside and out with more engine muscle.
The Tucson now offers 10 new 2022 models – six gas-powered and four electrics.
The electric vehicles will compete against similar trims for Ford Escape, Honda CRV and Toyota RAV4. Tucson’s handling is considered better than the Escape, gets better mpg than the CR-V and is less expensive than the RAV4, providing buyers with great reasons to decide which features matter most when comparing the competition.
We test-drove a Simmering Silver colored Tucson Limited Hybrid, above the Blue and SEL Convenience trims, loaded with standard safety, comfort and convenience features with only $195 carpeted floor mats an added cost.
Entering its fourth generation, Tucson boasts a new sleeker look with sculpted angles, grille-embedded daytime running lights only visible when illuminated, extended hood, raked windshield, rising beltline, high-wheel arches above spiffy 19-inch alloy wheels, a chrome arch snaking above side windows and rear lift gate and hybrid badging.
Behind the wheel, acceleration is quick and powerful for lane merging and passing.AWD (standard for the first time in a Hyundai) works with a front strut and rear multi-link suspension for a composed and controlled ride over bumps and road imperfections with Normal, Sport, Smart and Snow Drive modes to match any surface.
While not an off-road warrior, AWD adjusts wheel spin and power to wheels as needed for improved traction on slippery roads and better grip on hilly off-road surfaces. Ground clearance is 8.3 inches; towing muscle 2,000 pounds.
Tucson has top crash safety ratings with strong safety features, including a sophisticated blind spot warning, rear occupant alert, collision avoidance assists, remote parking assist that backs the car straight backwards, surround view monitor, smart cruise control with curve assist and driver attention warning.
The spacious cabin has leather upholstery; 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation positioned closer to the driver but no audio knobs; a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel; padded door panels; excellent cargo space with hands-free liftgate and easily folded rear seats; increased passenger space in comfortable seats; four USB ports with ample space for techie gear, and a wireless smartphone charger.
Resale value was rising before the chip shortage and remains high.
The warranty includes free maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles.
At a Glance
LIKES: Standard safety features, cargo/passenger space, looks, mileage, quiet, warranty, resale value
DISLIKES: Jerky stop/start, lack of radio knobs, tire mobility kit
BOTTOM LINE: Tucson’s popularity positioned to grow
Fact File: Hyundai Tucson Limited Hybrid 2022
1.6-liter, inline 4-cylinder, hybrid, turbo
226-hp @ 5,500 rpm
258-lbs.-ft. @ 1,500- rpm
13.7-gallon tank, regular
0-60 in just over 7 seconds
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Tom Crosby has written more than 1,000 automotive reviews and is a retired Vice President of Communications for AAA Carolinas. He has seen dramatic changes in the automotive industry over the past 25 years and ponders the advent of self-driving vehicles, electric-only vehicles, sophisticated in-car telematics, and the financial challenges facing automotive manufacturers in an increasingly congested worldwide market.