Behind the Wheel

2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited Hybrid — Much to Like

2022 Hyundai TucsonModel tested: 2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD

Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged GDi 4-cylinder hybrid

Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/Shiftronic and paddle shifters

Horsepower: 180

Torque: 195 lb.-ft.

EPA rating: 37/city, 36/highway, 37/combined

Base price: $37,350

As tested: $38,704

Overview: The Hyundai Tucson is a crossover sport-utility vehicle that’s all new for 2022. Unassuming and utilitarian, it offers updated styling, a great warranty, plenty of standard features including decent infotainment, good fuel economy, plus room for people and cargo and available all-wheel drive. The Tucson is Hyundai’s bestselling model globally and offers eco-focused powertrains and segment-leading technology, including an array of powertrain variations and new hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. We’ve driven several versions of the Tucson, but this test driver was the top-of-the-line, all-wheel-drive Limited Hybrid, and this review focuses on that vehicle.

Walkaround: Redesigned for 2022, the Tucson’s lines are smoothly curved, offering what Hyundai terms “sensuous sportiness design identity.” Possibly hyperbole, but styling is attractive and the larger, all-new Tucson offers more passenger and cargo room. Tucson’s profile conveys forward motion, with a long hood and level roofline coupled with a long wheelbase and short overhangs. Crisp angles and edges create a contrast between the sleek silhouette and masculine lines. A chrome strip beginning at the side mirrors follows the roofline with increasing width until reaching the C pillar. In the rear, full-width taillights incorporate half-concealed triangular shapes that are clearly visible when illuminated. The Hyundai logo is integrated into the glass, and the rear wiper concealed beneath the rear spoiler.

2022 Hyundai TucsonInterior: Tucson’s interior, or “interspace” as Hyundai calls it, provides a feeling of openness where space, technology and information blend together seamlessly. The interior offers three new technologies, including a 10.25-inch full-touchscreen and a digital gauge cluster. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Ambient mood lighting is adjustable to 64 colors in 10 levels of brightness. Soft-touch materials offer an overall premium ambiance. The leather-trimmed, front power seats with lumbar support are heated, cooled and comfortable. Tucson’s 60/40 second-row seats easily fold, with a release lever also located in the rear cargo area.

Behind the Wheel: The ride is comfortable and the new Tucson is more agile than the previous generation, thanks to new e-handling systems that minimize traditional compromises between sporty handling and ride comfort. The 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-banger powers the Tucson surprisingly well, and the six-speed automatic shifts smoothly.

Bottom Line: The all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson does everything in a practical manner. It’s attractive, safe and spacious, with unintimidating technology and lots of value. Long story short: This is a vehicle that works.