By on March 8, 2021

Tucson

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.

Tucson

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.

Tucson

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.

 

Tucson

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.

Tucson

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.

Tucson

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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12 Comments on “2022 Hyundai Tucson Priced to Fit...”


  • avatar
    Goatshadow

    Don’t matter what they call it, that center dashboard panel is a huge failure of design. All capacitive touch buttons on a panel with a glossy black finish. No actual buttons. What dumbass came up with that?

  • avatar
    Firestorm 500

    They were too busy worrying about the gee-whiz disco lighting.

  • avatar
    Add Lightness

    Good to see the electric motor power and battery pack capacity stated with the correct units. Any idea how much the electric motor/generator can regen?

  • avatar
    conundrum

    US $30K to start for a rolling fire risk? No thanks. The 2.5 engine eats bearings, the 1.6 has wonky electronics.

    $30K USD is $40K CAD. I can get a topline CX-5 Turbo for Tucson entry money, and it ain’t even a contest.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Hyundai’s parents to Hyundai: “Why can’t you be more like your sister Kia?”

  • avatar
    Daniel J

    We’d be interested if 2.5T was thrown in.

  • avatar
    Carrera

    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.

    • 0 avatar
      sckid213

      Agree with you on interior wear on Stinger. Had a relatively new Stinger as an Uber just before the shutdown and it was already wearing badly inside (granted, Uber wear, but still).

      H-K’s hotness in the market now reminds me of Chrysler’s in the late ’90s. They dazzled people with great styling, decent driving dynamics, and lots of features for the money. Plus everyone loves the “underdog” story. It was enough to distract people that the overall veneer is thinner than it appears to be on the surface.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      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.

  • avatar
    Pig_Iron

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

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