Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid

Editors' Review

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is a Roadshow favorite, especiall in hybrid form. But Hyundai doesn't just offer one electrified version of the Tucson -- there's a new plug-in hybrid version, as well. Bridging the gap between a gas car and an EV, the Tucson PHEV allows drivers to commute on electric power but still have the freedom to hit the road for longer adventures, and that makes this powertrain my pick of the litter.

No matter what's under the hood, the Tucson strikes a confident pose on the road. If you want a car that's full of angles, this is it. Door creases, fender creases, hood creases... there are more geometric patterns on this SUV than a 10th grade math textbook. I love the look, but it's definitely not for those who simply want to blend in.

The Tucson's plug-in hybrid powertrain uses a 13.8-kilowatt-hour battery that has enough juice for 33 miles of all-electric driving range, according to the EPA. On my Level 2 ChargePoint home charger It took 1 hour and 50 minutes to go from a 14% battery level to full and it cost me $4.32 to do so. Of course, your electricity rates may vary; I live in California and charged the Tucson at night, but depending on the strain on your local grid, it may cost you more or less.

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The Good ~ Distinctive styling ~ Mechanical all-wheel drive ~ Plenty of features

The Bad ~ Wonky pushbutton shifter ~ No volume knob ~ Wireless smartphone mirroring with smaller screen only

The Bottom Line The 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV is a practical plug-in with decent all-electric range and funky styling.

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

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