2022 Hyundai Tucson Priced to Fit

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai
2022 hyundai tucson priced to fit

Pricing for the all-new 2022 Tucson SUV was announced by Hyundai Motor America today, with 15 variations available to suit a wide range of needs and budgets. Starting at $24,950 MSRP for a base SE model with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, 8-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, the range tops out at $37,350 for a Limited HEV, which is a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder hybrid with a 6-speed automatic transmission and HTRAC all-wheel drive.

Tucsons equipped with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder got a six-horsepower bump from the 2021’s 181 hp, three more lb-ft of torque to 178 lb-ft, and three more mpg for a combined 28 mpg, a neat trick for a package that’s 6.1-inches longer, 0.6-inch wider, 0.6-inch taller, and stretched over a wheelbase 3.4-inches longer.

Hybrids get a 1.6-liter turbo gas engine, rated at 177 HP, and 195 lb-ft of torque, plus 258 lb-ft of torque from the hybrid powertrain, which uses a 44.2 kW electric motor, and a 1.49 kWh battery pack. Hyundai says Tucson’s hybrid powertrain is 30-percent more fuel-efficient than the gas engine, with 20-percent more torque.

I’ve not had the pleasure of corralling the Tucson yet, although I hope to get behind the wheel of an N Line version to see if there’s any discernible difference in its exterior appearance and the interior over that of more pedestrian iterations. Besides the addition of AWD, is it too much to ask that the N Line had better shocks, stiffer springs, and improved handling to go along with a $7,050 difference in MSRP over the base model? If they’re going to target enthusiasts, it’s going to take more than an appearance package to get anyone excited.

Leave it up to designers and marketers to come up with a way to make the ordinary sound, well, out of the realm. In this case, they’re calling Tucson’s interior ‘interspace’, and you’ll probably hear it being applied to other Hyundais if they become enamored with it internally. While their press release described the interior, sorry, interspace, in glowing terms, what was most interesting was hearing that there’s mood lighting adjustable in 64 colors, and ten levels of brightness. If this is a standard feature, look for it to be of great interest to kids, especially if the lighting feature is accessible from anywhere besides the driver’s seat. To fully enjoy this attribute, the control knob should be included with the infotainment system, or on the center console.

Gas-powered and hybrid Tucsons will be available this spring, with plug-in versions to come sometime this summer.

[Images: Hyundai Motor America]

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  • Carrera Carrera on Mar 09, 2021

    Like Icarus, Hyundai-Kia is flying a bit too close to the sun lately and I am afraid they will crash soon. Already issues are cropping up. Two year old Stingers with major wear showing inside, cracked leather seat bolsters, cracked steering wheel leather covers, etc. They aren't even attractive in prices anymore when compared to a Honda or Toyota. I've been test driving some some used Stingers and G80s and the interior wear alarms me on cars with 20,000 miles or less.

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    • Ajla Ajla on Mar 09, 2021

      I'm not sure what the proper baseline is but I will say my 2.5YO Stinger has less interior wear than my Charger did at 2.5 years. The Kia does have some creasing on the driver's seat cushion but the Dodge was absolutely melting.

  • Pig_Iron Pig_Iron on Mar 10, 2021

    At least it's it has a conventional automatic to allow towing.

  • Inside Looking Out This is actually the answer to the question I asked not that long ago.
  • Inside Looking Out Regarding "narrow windows" - the trend is that windows will eventually be replaced by big OLED screens displaying some exotic place or may even other planet.
  • Robert I have had 4th gen 1996 model for many years and enjoy driving as much now as when I first purchased it - has 190 hp variant with just the right amount of power for most all driving situations!
  • ToolGuy Meanwhile in Germany...
  • Donald More stuff to break god I love having a nanny in my truck... find a good tuner and you can remove most of the stupid stuff they add like this and auto park when the doors open stupid stuff like that