2022 Hyundai Tucson Review

Completely redesigned with gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains.

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PROS
  • Impressive driving dynamics
  • Premium features
  • Innovative technology
  • Comprehensive safety equipment
  • 10-year/100,000-mile warranty
CONS
  • No volume knob on infotainment
  • Glossy dash reflects sunlight

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is a two-row compact crossover with seating for up to five passengers. Completely redesigned for the new model year, today’s fourth-generation Tucson is offered with gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains and a choice between front- and all-wheel drive. Boasting fresh bold styling, innovative technology, and a comprehensive list of safety equipment, the Hyundai Tucson appears more than prepared to challenge the best in the competitive compact crossover segment. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson, which will arrive in showrooms before summer, starts at just under $25,000.

Tucson Powertrain

Hyundai offers combustion, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains in the 2022 Tucson. Combustion models feature a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder (187 hp/178 lb-ft of torque) mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Hybrid models are fitted with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and a permanent magnet synchronous motor. The Hybrid model has a smaller 44.2 kW electric motor (226 total system horsepower) than the Plug-In Hybrid model with its 66.9 kW motor (261 total system horsepower). Both share a 6-speed automatic transmission. Combustion models are offered with front- or all-wheel drive (HTRAC AWD, an on-demand system). Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid models are fitted with all-wheel drive as standard.

Tucson Driving Experience

The all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson impressed us with its quiet and refined driving dynamics. The company’s engineers put a considerable amount of effort into the Tucson’s chassis to stiffen the platform and reduce unnescary componentry (thus reducing squeaks and rattles). The engineers redesigned the suspension at the front of the vehicle and increased the steering ratio to improve responsiveness. The rear geometry was also enhanced to improve tracking and stability (keeping the vehicle stable at speed).

2022 Hyundai Tucson Review

While the base 2.5-liter gasoline engine feels noticeably slower than the Hybrid’s motor-assisted powertrain, we imagine that the Hyundai Tucson’s buyers would gladly trade fuel economy for outright acceleration — we would, too. On that note, expect the FWD combustion vehicles to deliver 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway (the AWD model drops by about 3 mpg in both cycles). The hybrid models should deliver closer to 40 mpg in both city and highway cycles. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is very fuel efficient.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Review

2022 Hyundai Tucson Trim Levels and Pricing

  • Tucson SE FWD (starts at just under $25,000) – Base model with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, remote keyless entry, and more
  • Tucson SEL FWD (starts at about $26,500) – Adds rear privacy glass, proximity key, smart cruise control, and more
  • Tucson N Line FWD (starts at just under $31,000) – Adds N line cosmetics, 19-inch alloy wheels, single twin-tip exhaust, Bose premium audio, and more
  • Tucson Limited FWD (starts at just under $35,000) – Adds panoramic sunroof, projection LED headlamps, driver’s memory seats, and more
  • Tucson SE AWD (starts at just over $26,000) – Adds HTRAC All-wheel drive to SE model
  • Tucson SEL AWD (starts at just under $28,000) – Adds HTRAC All-wheel drive to SEL model
  • Tucson N Line AWD (starts at about $32,000) – Adds HTRAC All-wheel drive to N Line model
  • Tucson Limited AWD (starts at just over $36,000) – Adds HTRAC All-wheel drive to Limited model
  • Tucson Blue HEV AWD (starts at just over $29,000) – Hybrid 1.6-liter engine
  • Tucson SEL Convenience HEV AWD (starts at just under $32,000) – Hybrid 1.6-liter engine, plus a panoramic sunroof
  • Tucson SEL Limited HEV AWD (starts at just over $37,000) – Hybrid 1.6-liter engine, plus a panoramic sunroof
2022 Hyundai Tucson Review

CarExpert’s Take

Hyundai never fails to impress us, and the all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson is no exception. The brand is known for innovative engineering, generous standard content, advanced safety technology, long warranties, and fuel efficiency — the Tucson checks all of those boxes and delivers them in a stylish and fun-to-drive package. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson earns a spot on the CarExpert Recommended list.

Tucson Competitors to Consider

  • Honda HR-V
  • Jeep Compass
  • Kia Niro
  • Subaru Crosstrek


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OVERALL RATING8.6
Show Breakdown
Cost of Ownership 8.9
Ride Comfort 8.9
Safety 8.6
Fit for Purpose 9
Handling Dynamics 8.5
Interior Practicality and Space 8.2
Fuel Efficiency 8.2
Value for Money 9
Performance 7.7
Technology Infotainment 8.8