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Should-you-buyShould You Buy a 2022 Hyundai Tucson?

Should You Buy a 2022 Hyundai Tucson?

A significant improvement over the previous generation.

  • The 2022 Hyundai Tucson starts at $27,899 in Canada and at $25,500 in the United States before freight and delivery charges.

  • Good comfort, refined ride, roomy cabin.

  • Fuel economy could be better, unexciting to drive, very limited availability of hybrid variants.

While it’s easy to conceive a good compact crossover, its popularity isn’t guaranteed as the competition is abundant, and the major players in the segment don’t leave much room for the others. Happily for the 2022 Hyundai Tucson, it enjoys a good reputation and the Korean manufacturer made sure to check all the boxes in regards to consumers’ criteria.

A compact utility vehicle has to be spacious, and the Tucson is just that. It’s got one of the longest wheelbases in its class, allowing for lots of legroom in the second row, along with plenty of cargo space. In fact, its volume of 1,095 litres with the rear seats in place, and up to 2,119 litres with the seatbacks folded, rank it among the best right behind the Mitsubishi Outlander, the Honda CR-V and the Subaru Forester, but slightly ahead of the Toyota RAV4, the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Nissan Rogue. In addition, the new generation of the Tucson is substantially roomier than the previous one.

Inside, analog gauges are found in front the driver in the most affordable trim levels, while uplevel variants get a fully digital, 10.25-inch instrument panel. The infotainment system is packed with features, with an 8.0- or 10.25-inch touchscreen, depending on the chosen trim level. Most Tucsons get front and rear USB ports as well as wireless phone charging.

Three powertrains are available in the 2022 Hyundai Tucson. The base setup is a naturally aspirated 2.5L inline-four with 187 horsepower, connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. There’s also a new hybrid system composed of a turbocharged 1.6L four, an electric motor and a six-speed automatic, with an all-wheel drivetrain and a total output of 227 horsepower. Also new, a plug-in hybrid system gets the same turbo 1.6L engine but with a bigger electric motor, good for 261 combined horsepower and an EV-only driving range of 33 miles or 53 kilometres.

The Tucson starts at $25,500 in the United States before freight and delivery charges, while the hybrid is listed from $29,350 and the PHEV from $34,900. The latter is eligible for a U.S. Government tax credit of up to $6,587. Pricing starts at $27,899 before freight and delivery charges in Canada, while the Tucson hybrid starts at $39,099 and the plug-in hybrid, $41,799. The latter is eligible for the Canadian government’s iZEV rebate of up to $2,500 in addition to a green vehicle rebate of up to $4,000 in Quebec and up to $1,500 in British-Columbia.

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Why You Should Buy a 2022 Hyundai Tucson

  • The Tucson boasts a modern cockpit design, with all the latest gadgets to please younger consumers, but without being too complex to use and understand for older folks.
  • As mentioned above, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson offers plenty of passenger and cargo space.
  • The hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants can be quite efficient. During our test of a loaded Tucson hybrid, we managed a fuel economy average of 34 mpg or 6.9 L/100 km.
  • The HEV and PHEV powertrains are smooth and powerful, while the crossover offers a refined and comfortable ride.
  • The Tucson is competitively priced. A well-equipped SEL trim with AWD goes for $28,150 in the U.S. while a Preferred AWD is listed at $32,299 in Canada.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2022 Hyundai Tucson

  • The Tucson just isn’t all that exciting to drive. Obviously, it doesn’t have to be and that’s not the main focus of a mainstream compact crossover, but the Mazda CX-5 is much more engaging, and so are the Kia Sportage and Volkswagen Tiguan.
  • The 2.5L engine’s fuel economy ranks near the bottom among compact utility vehicles with a combined city/highway average of 26 mpg or 9.0 L/100 km when AWD is chosen. The Hyundai’s hybrid powertrain is much better, getting up to 38 mpg or 6.4 L/100 km, but the Ford Escape (40 mpg or 5.9 L/100 km) and Toyota RAV4 (40 mpg or 6.0 L/100 km) are both slightly more frugal at the pump. The PHEV system has a combined average of 80 mpge or 2.9 Le/100 km, once again trailing the Escape PHEV and RAV4 Prime.
  • While there are units available in the United States at the moment, there are no more hybrid or plug-in hybrid models left in Canada, as demand surpassed the country’s allocation. Bummer.
  • We’d like to have physical volume and climate control knobs instead of touch-sensitive buttons that are difficult to poke while driving.
  • The recessed wipers help improve vehicle aerodynamics, but they can’t be lifted from the windshield unless we activate their maintenance mode—shutting off the engine and holding the steering wheel wiper stalk upwards for a few seconds. That’s fine, except in winter when we try to scrape the ice off the wipers and the windshield.

Final Word

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is a fine compact crossover and has all it needs to succeed in North America. This new generation is also a significant improvement over the outgoing one. However, it isn’t perfect and there are a few shortcomings we must deal with, which are admittedly very minor ones.

Simply put, the Tucson is comfortable and refined, spacious and versatile, but could be slightly more fuel efficient and engaging to drive.


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