2022 Hyundai Tucson first test: bigger, smoother, quieter
The fourth-generation Hyundai Tucson 2022 might just be the vehicle of choice for budget-conscious buyers looking for sophistication, load capacity and safety in a compact SUV. Stretched six inches for 2022, then wrapped in sound-deadening material, this all-new model is a formidable highway cruiser.
The Tucson 2022 offers three gasoline engine trim lines and three hybrids. The Tucson Limited, the highest trim line, offers autonomous driving without human intervention by today’s standards, meaning the driver can relax while the car steers and maintains speed, but their eyes and hands are on. the wheel. A plug-in hybrid variant will cover 32 miles on battery alone, a range greater than that of many electrified competitors.
The price ranges from $ 26,135 for an under-equipped Tucson SE to $ 38,535 for a Tucson Limited all-wheel-drive hybrid. The sweet spot for features and safety can be the all-wheel-drive Tucson SEL with the Convenience Package for $ 31,685. The price of the plug-in has not been announced.
All Tucson models are on sale, according to Hyundai, with the exception of the plug-in hybrid, which will be available this summer.
Large interior, attractive cabin
The next-gen Tucson is distinctly different with a large geometric grille and a slew of LED daytime running lights behind. As for the side view, two generations of Swoopy Hyundai Fluidic Sculpture design give way to sharply defined fender bulges that extend over the front and rear doors and a crease that extends above the handles. door to the rear.
Inside, the Tucson Limited’s dashboard has two 10.25-inch LCD touch screens – one on the dash, one in the center console. A potential misstep: the center console has only a few physical buttons. Customers have long told Honda what they think about the lack of an adjustment or volume knob, which (volume but no adjustment) has since been restored. But aside from dust stuck to a large flat screen, capacitive touchscreens look stunning.
The cabin is dotted with top notch materials. The rear seat is huge with 41.3 inches of legroom, just 0.3 inches less than the much longer Cadillac Escalade full-size SUV. The interior dimensions give the Tucson versatility beyond a kid carrier, making it an ideal road trip that will comfortably fit four or five adults and their bags.
Against the top three sellers in the compact crossover segment – the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue – the Tucson sits in the middle at 182.3 inches in length. (The previous third-generation Tucson was a smaller 176.2 inches.) It also ranks above its competition for passenger and cabin volume. The cargo stowage is a generous 38.5 cubic feet. That’s more than the Hyundai Santa Fe (35.9 cubic feet) and quite in line with the Toyota RAV4 (38.4 cubic feet). The Ford Edge and Honda CR-V lead the compact SUV segment with 39.2 cubic feet behind the second row.
On the road with the Tucson 2022
For passengers, there’s not much to dislike, especially about the smooth-driving Limited which has leather seats with heated rear seats and two rear USB sockets; the front seats are both heated and ventilated. Air conditioning flows from vents spanning almost the entire width of the dashboard; Hyundai calls it the multi-air mode.
To the driver, the Tucson is brisk but not quick, and handling is efficient without being a threat to the sporty and maneuverable Mazda CX-5 which also has about 10% less interior space.
Tucson’s most impressive tech feature is Highway Driving Assist, or HDA, Hyundai’s name for Level 2 (out of 5) autonomous driving capability. HDA includes automated lane centering assistance and adaptive cruise control combined with sensors that track driver attention. As long as the driver’s eyes are on the road, the crossover drives on limited access highways that have clear lane markings. A Tucson driver only needs to gain control when passing exit ramps to the left or right, where freeways are overlooked or when a car along the lane is drifting into your lane.
In a day’s driving, the 2.5-liter all-wheel-drive Limited gasoline engine – which delivers 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque with an eight-speed automatic transmission – delivered 28 mpg mostly on the highway, of which 25 miles on a barely maintained vehicle. dirt road intended for 4×4. Hyundai rates the Tucson at 26 mpg in combined drive for all-wheel drive, 29 for front-wheel drive.
Hyundai Tucson Trim Walk 2022
The entry Tucson SE version exists to offer an advertised price of less than $ 25,000, but the base front-wheel drive model climbs to $ 26,135 with the destination fee of $ 1,185. All-wheel drive costs $ 1,400 more in the lineup. Hyundai SmartSense’s safety features include forward collision warning (with pedestrian and cyclist detection) and automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and lane warning. rear occupant.
However, the SE lacks the blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control standard on some competitor’s input lines. An 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes standard with two USB outlets and two 12-volt outlets.
The Tucson SEL costs $ 1,550 more than the SE ($ 27,685) and is a simple upgrade. Hyundai’s SmartSense suite of driver-assist safety technology is complemented by blind spot warning (with automatic steering and braking), rear cross-traffic warning and braking, safe exit warning ( rear doors do not open if approaching cars are detected), full -range adaptive cruise control and telematics (BlueLink). Infotainment adds voice recognition, satellite radio and two rear USB sockets.
A $ 2,600 convenience package includes a 10.25-inch digital dashboard, the ability to use an Android phone as a proximity key for unlocking and lighting the door, a room-style key card from hotel (one spare key), 19-inch wheels, wireless phone charging, dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped wheel, mood lighting and LED interior lighting. A premium package for $ 1,700 on leather and ventilated front seats, Bose sound system, dark chrome grille and five-LED daytime running lights.
The feature list for the sporty Tucson N line ($ 31,785) is more of a spectacle than by far. It gets distinct exterior and interior styling cues and no powertrain upgrades. Management changes are likely over the next year.
The Tucson Limited in front-wheel drive form costs $ 35,885. That’s a jump of almost $ 4,000 over the mid-range SEL with both option packages. The Limited comes standard with HDA, a panoramic sunroof covering the front and rear seats, front and rear parking warning, dynamic voice recognition, heated steering wheel and rear seats, all-round vision cameras, blind spot vision (a rear side view is displayed on the instrument panel when the turn signal is on) and rear parking collision prevention. It is this high-end finish line that makes the Tucson a powerful counterpoint to the high-end CX-5: efficient, more space, less zoom.
Three hybrids, plug-in to come
Hyundai sees the battery and hydrogen as the future. Since the Tucson is Hyundai’s sales leader (one in five sales in the first quarter), three all-wheel-drive-only hybrid variants will join the lineup.
The hybrid uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and an electric motor to develop a combined output of 226 horsepower. Hyundai estimates fuel consumption at 37 mpg combined, 38 mpg for the blue model.
The Tucson Blue is $ 30,235 ($ 2,700 more than the AWD gasoline SE). The Convenience SEL is $ 32,835 ($ 1,150 more than the non-hybrid SEL with the Convenience Package). The Limited hybrid costs $ 38,535 ($ 1,250 more than the gasoline Limited).
For the plug-in hybrid, Hyundai promises 261 horsepower, 32 battery miles on the 13.6 kilowatt-hour battery and a combined output of 79 MPGe. Buyers will be entitled to a federal tax credit of $ 6,587. Once the PHEV is priced, it may even be cheaper than the hybrid after the discount is applied, as is the case with the RAV4 Prime compared to the RAV4 hybrid.
Ready to climb the sales charts?
Typically, new generation models see increased sales after launch. The new Tucson will benefit from its larger cabin, exceptionally quiet ride and a significant array of safety features.
It could make inroads against the major players, which are the RAV4, CR-V, Rogue, Chevrolet Equinox and Subaru Forester. The outgoing Tucson ranks ninth among compact SUVs in sales.