Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

Editors' Review

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson sets a new benchmark for compact crossovers, and it's awesome. This fetching SUV packs tons of features, all the latest tech and solid on-road manners in a rad-looking package. How could Hyundai make it better? Meet the 2022 Tucson Hybrid.

Obviously, the big selling point for any hybrid is fuel economy, and the Tucson doesn't disappoint. The most efficient Blue model will return 38 mpg combined according to the Environmental Protection Agency, while my loaded Limited does slightly worse (a still-very-good 37 mpg). After 300 miles of testing, I had no trouble meeting the EPA's combined rating, and that's without changing my hardly tepid driving style. In fact, the Tucson Hybrid actually encourages spirited driving, which is another big reason this CUV is seriously good.

Standard Tucsons are powered by a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I4 with 187 horsepower which, while adequate, is hardly exciting. Instead of just electrifying that powertrain, the Tucson Hybrid uses a 1.6-liter turbo I4 that on its own offers 180 hp, complemented by 195 pound-feet of torque that comes on strong at just 1,500 rpm. A 1.5-kilowatt-hour battery sends power to an electric motor, offering an additional 59 hp and 195 lb-ft. You can't just add all these numbers together to get total system output, of course, but Hyundai quotes a final figure of 226 hp, which is a pretty solid increase over the base Tucson, especially considering that plentiful low-end torque.

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The Good ~ Standout styling ~ 37 mpg without even trying ~ Luxurious interior ~ Excellent infotainment tech

The Bad ~ Touchy touch controls ~ No wireless CarPlay with larger multimedia screen

The Bottom Line The 2022 Hyundai Tucson was already a segment benchmark. The efficient Tucson Hybrid only raises the bar.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9
  • Design 9.5
  • Media 9

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