Hyundai has just unveiled the 2022 Tucson SUV, and we’d be quick to argue that it rights everything that’s been wrong with the Tucson since it was introduced way back in 2005. In fact, the Tucson has changed so much, it looks like a completely different model compared to the face-lifted model that went on sale in 2019. It only makes sense that this is where we land – after all, the Tucson is Hyundai’s best-selling crossover and second-best-selling vehicle overall. If you thought the 2021 Elantra looked great, you’re going to fall in love with the new Tucson.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Takes Sharp Design to a Whole New Level
Let me just come right out and say that there is no way you’ll be able to confuse the 2022 Tucson as a previous-gen model. Without looking too deep into the company’s “kinetic jewel surface details” or “parametric dynamics” it’s easy to see that the new Tucson takes after the Elantra but moves the design to the next level. The front end is sharp and sporty, while the side profile is so elegantly sculpted that it looks more like a concept that a production model. It’s particularly easy to fall in love with the bulging front fenders and sharply protruding (and generous) body lines.
Even the rear profile takes plenty of sports DNA with a dual-check-mark-like taillights that are connected across the rear hatch. And, for once, we have a crossover with a rear fascia that doesn’t look like it was added as an afterthought. Where the old model was portrayed by big, bulky headlights and old-school Hyundai grille, dull lines, and an uneventful rear end, the new model is exactly the opposite. If Hyundai felt like it needed a pat on the back, we’re here to give it – the 2020 Hyundai Tucson is a huge leap forward for the company in terms of design, but how does it hold up on the inside?
|Front Track (18-inch)||63.8 Inches|
|Rear Track (18-inch)||64.1 Inches|
|Front Track (19-inch)||63.6 Inches|
|Rear Track (19-inch)||63.9 Inches|
A Modern Interior Without All the Drama
Hyundai seems to have ditched that annoying “lets play it easy” mentality with the exterior design and, while the 2020 Tucson’s interior isn’t quite so aggressive, it’s certainly not boring, either. The layout of the vents and design of the trim on the door panels give the cabin this impressive wraparound look that really emphasizes the concept of space. Where the old model featured an analog instrument cluster and bulky display on the top of the dash, the 2022 Tucson has a small tablet-like digital instrument cluster and a larger display integrated right into the center stack. Most physical buttons on the center stack are gone now, with the majority of controls being touch sensitive. Of course, this dual-display system is an option, but the standard system – an 8.0-inch display – doesn’t sound bad either.
Other interior enhancements include things like car-to-home communication that allows you to control smart devices in your home while you’re on the road. There’s an available air-quality monitoring system, too, however its availability in the U.S. has yet to be officially confirmed. Material quality appears to have improved over the last generation, as has fit and finish, but remember this is a Hyundai, not a Mercedes – it’s hard to believe the company could push the Tucson that deep into premium territory.
|Headroom||40.1 inches||39.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room||57.6 inches||56.0 inches|
|Hip Room||54.5 inches||53.9 inches|
|Leg Room||41.4 inches||41.3 inches|
|Minimum Cargo Room||41.2 cubic-feet|
|Max Cargo Room||80.3 Cubic-Feet|
2022 Hyundai Tucson – Going Hybrid
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. It mates exclusively to an eight-speed automatic by can be paired with an all-wheel-drive system. When equipped with the standard FWD system, the 2022 Tucson is said to return 28 mpg, a 3 mpg improvement over the 2021 model. This isn’t the only powertrain option up for the taking, though, and you’ll be happy to hear that the Tucson is going hybrid.
An optional 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is up for grabs, and it’s paired to a 44.2-kW electric motor and 1.49 kWh battery pack. According to Hyundai, the system comes together to produce 226 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Compared to the Sonata hybrid at 192 horses and the Elantra at 139, this is a very nice surprise. However, things get a little better, as there’s also a plug-in hybrid coming our way. That will feature the same 1.6-liter turbo-four, but it’ll mate with a 66.9 kW electric motor. That system features a 13.8 kWh battery pack and is estimated to deliver a cool 261 horsepower and an undisclosed amount of torque – probably a figure in the 290 pound-foot region. Hyundai claims the 7.2 kW, 240-volt charger can replenish the batter in about 2 hours and will be good enough for about 28 miles of all-electric range.
Down the road, a Tucson N-Line will make its way, but word has it that it’ll feature the Sonata N Line’s 2.5-liter turbo-four and could put out as much as 290 ponies and 311 pound-feet of torque. That model will be offered exclusively with the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and will only be available with AWD.
|2.5-Liter Four-Cylinder||1.6-Liter Hybrid||1.6-Liter PHEV|
|Horsepower||187 @ 6,100 RPM||227 @ TBA||261 HP @ TBA|
|Torque||178 @ 4,000 RPM||195 LB-FT @ -1,600RPM||224 LB-FT @ 2,100 RPM|
|Hybrid Battery Type||N/A||Lithium-Ion Polymer||Lithium-Ion Polymer|
|Battery Capacty||N/A||1.49 kWh||13.8 kWh|
|Battery Power Output||N/A||64 kW||88 kW|
|Charger||N/A||N/A||7.2 kW (@240V)|
|Charge Time||N/A||N/A||2 Hours|
Hyundai hasn’t offered up pricing details for the 2022 Tucson, but don’t expect pricing to increase too much. As the brand’s second-best-selling model and best-selling crossover, Hyundai has to keep it right in the Goldilocks pricing zone in which it currently resides. If pricing does go up, it will be marginally at best. Expect the Tucson to go on sale in early-to-mid 2021.