2022 Hyundai Tucson – Exterior and Interior color options. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson sports a daring new design that seems destined to shake up the compact-SUV marketplace. Although the concept was shown as a plug-in hybrid, the entry-level Tucson is powered by a more conventional 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine shared with the Sonata family sedan. A hybrid powertrain will also be offered, and Hyundai will offer a plug-in model, both using a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder augmented by an electric motor. More interestingly, the Tucson N Line trim will offer a sportier alternative with more power. When it hits the market, this Tucson will find itself going head-to-head with several strong rivals such as the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and the Volkswagen Tiguan.
SEL Convenience hybrid
We suggest the SEL Convenience trim as it offers a great balance between features and price. It comes standard with heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a sunroof, and a 10.3-inch digital gauge display, among other niceties. A sporty N Line model is also available for the first time, but for buyers hoping for a high-performance turbocharged four-cylinder will be disappointed to learn that opting for this trim amounts to nothing more than an appearance package.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
A 2.5-liter four-cylinder will be standard and comes with an eight-speed automatic and either front or all-wheel drive. A turbocharged 1.6-liter four will power hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, which Hyundai says is good for a combined 227-hp in the former and 261-hp in the latter; all-wheel drive is standard with the electrified powertrains and both come with a six-speed automatic transmission. We haven’t had a chance to test drive the new Tucson yet, but we’ll update this story soon with driving impressions and test results.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The plug-in hybrid model sports a 13.8-kWh battery pack that is said to offer up to 32 miles of electric-only driving. A 7.2-kW on-board charger allows the battery to be fully recharged in about two hours when connected to a level 2 charging station.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that nonhybrid versions of the 2022 Tucson should deliver as high as 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with front-wheel drive. Fuel efficiency ratings for the hybrid models haven’t been released. When we get a chance to test the new Tucson for ourselves, we’ll see how well it does on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen and helps us evaluate real-world mpg. For more information about the Tucson’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
A host of driver-assistance features will be available, many of which will come standard. For more information about the Tucson’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
Available adaptive cruise control with lane-centering assist
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
In the compact-SUV market, only one rival offers as much warranty coverage as the Tucson, and that’s its corporate twin, the Kia Sportage. The Hyundai still holds an advantage over the Kia in this area, though, thanks to its generous complimentary scheduled maintenance program.
Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles
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