By on January 11, 2022

2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD

2.5-liter dual overhead cam four (187 hp @ 6,100 rpm, 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm)

Eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive

24 city / 29 highway / 26 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)

9.9 city, 8.0 highway, 9.0 combined. (NRCan Rating, L/100km)

Base Price: $37,285 US

As Tested: $37,454 US

Prices include $1185 destination charge in the United States. Canadian market option packages don’t allow for a close match to the US-market Limited.

Compact crossover land is a funny place. It’s a place where every vehicle is broadly similar, and where the most subtle of differences can distinguish one vehicle from the next. It’s not a world where standing out with something radically different either in styling or engineering will typically yield wins.

Subtle differences certainly show with the 2022 Hyundai Tucson. The styling is a touch different than the rest, with an unusual front lighting setup and interesting character lines throughout. One difference, however, can cause some consternation among some drivers.

Be warned. There are a few lines below that might make one think that I don’t like the Hyundai Tucson. That’s not accurate. If calculating the amount of like based on mass or volume, I like well over 99 percent of this well-rounded compact family crossover.

But volume is both a positive and a negative here.

On the plus side, the Tucson is one heck of a package for a family of four. Surprising rear-seat comfort for everyone, even those on the tall side, makes this a good choice should road trips be in your future. Further, the cargo hold is roomy and well-shaped for whatever you might need to haul on that trip. An unexpected warehouse club run (we were literally going in for one thing and ended up spending nearly three hundred damned dollars) fit with room to spare – my wife, half-jokingly I hope, said “ooh there’s more room, I’ll go back inside!” only to be met with glares from both myself and two surly teens who wanted nothing more than to get home.

Front seat comfort is likewise quite good. Storage in the armrest is ample, as is the cubby below the nav/HVAC panel. My tester was equipped with the Qi wireless charging pad which held my phone against the contacts securely – I’ve seen many others where the phone will slide around, not allowing for continuous charging, but here all works well. I’d like to see a dedicated cubby for sunglasses – a minor peeve, to be certain – but the location above the center mirror so often used for such a compartment is dedicated to the controls for the panoramic sunroof. I didn’t open the roof during my test – it is, after all, January in Ohio, where temps ranged from a rainy 45° F down to 9° F with a touch of snow.

Fun fact – an automatic carwash might not rinse all of the soap in freezing temperatures. I found this when I went to photograph the exterior of the Tucson on a 14° F morning and found that the soap had flash-frozen to most of the lower body panels. Mercifully, the next day was warmer with just a hint of rain, allowing for the gloomy photos you see here.

To be honest, it’s a challenge to talk about the styling of any crossover. Nearly everything out there is just yet another variation on a blob, all wearing a different corporate grille. Here, Hyundai has added cascading lights and interesting textures to that grille, giving a cool lighting signature, especially at night. The profile view shows the subtle creasing of the slightly concave panel surfaces giving a bit of corporate funk to an otherwise blah style.

Ride quality is good, with reasonable road noise and solid control of sharp suspension inputs. I did note a fair bit of wind noise over the A-pillar – enough that had me checking that windows were fully sealed on occasion, and enough to have me crank the stereo volume on the interstate. Otherwise, I was quite satisfied with how the Tucson handled the daily commute. The 187 horsepower, 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four never seems stressed, with plenty of power to get up to highway speeds and beyond.

I’d like better fuel economy, however. I couldn’t quite manage the 26 mpg combined EPA rating in my testing – the Tucson indicated 23.0 mpg for my week of driving. Here’s where I’d happily trade down a trim level or so to select the hybrid version, which promises in the range of 38 mpg combined. I’m not here to argue about gas prices (that’s what the comment section is for) but no matter where the pump prices are it stands to reason that buying fuel less frequently is a good thing.

I really dig the infotainment screen here – wide, with room to display both audio and navigation simultaneously and legibly, whether using the embedded nav, Android Auto, or Apple CarPlay. I thought the digital rendition of nixie tubes for the channel display would wear out the novelty over the numerous Hyundai/Genesis/Kia products that use it, but it’s still both cool and non-distracting. Speaking of distraction, Hyundai does an interesting thing with the car audio – it automatically lowers the audio volume when reversing, ostensibly to minimize distractions in an instance where distractions can be particularly dangerous. However, due to another design choice by Hyundai, I’m just a tad infuriated.

It’s been mentioned before with other automakers (nods in the direction of  Marysville, Ohio) but I still can’t believe automakers are dumping the volume knob for buttons.

Let me set the scene. You’re driving on the freeway, enjoying Pearl Jam on the satellite radio at an appropriate volume for highway speeds and, well, for Pearl Jam. You park for a brief grocery run. Upon returning, you thumb the ignition and then the reverse button as you put one eye on the mirror, one eye on the center display for the rear-view camera, and another eye on the rear quarter window looking for pedestrians. Suddenly, as you button-press the transmission into drive, the volume returns to your ears only to reveal Nickelback.

Instinct dictates a flailing swipe toward a knob to at least dull the aching noises coming from the witless speakers but no. Some engineer decided that knobs were ugly and that you should suffer by listening to The Band That Keeps Bieber From Being The Worst Canadian Music Export Ever until you press press press press press on a flat, featureless panel praying you got the volume instead of a seat heater or maybe the engine start button again. Another option considered is simply smashing a clenched fist into the 10.25-inch central display in the hopes of silencing both the frosted tips bleating of some Canuck telling you to look at a photograph and the demons buried deep within your own soul.

At last, your left thumb finds the mute button on the steering wheel and you vow to not renew the SiriusXM subscription the next time they call and plead with you, and you replace every possible music preset station with only the AM station that plays the farm report.

With familiarity, of course, one can manage to work around this – Hyundai’s steering wheel controls are quite good, so leaving control of volume to the lever beneath the left thumb could over time take much of the place of the knob. I can say that I’ve learned to use other automotive control types over the years – the shift (sorry) away from the traditional automatic PRNDL shift lever to knobs and pushbuttons is one that hasn’t really bothered me much. But a shifter in a modern two-pedal car generally is used twice per drive, hopefully only at low speeds – whereas audio volumes can be toggled throughout the drive experience to account for conversations with rear-seat passengers, the approach of an emergency vehicle, or the approach of a craprock band. Here, an intuitive, familiar control needs to be present.

I’m not going so far as to not recommend the 2022 Hyundai Tucson simply due to the Great Knob Kerfluffle. It’s a solid family vehicle with good driving manners, great comfort front and rear, and good performance from a sure-footed AWD drivetrain. But if you’re in the market for a crossover, find your favorite radio station on your Tucson test drive and see how you manage when you need to drown out the salesperson’s voice.

[Images: © 2022 Chris Tonn]

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52 Comments on “2022 Hyundai Tucson Review – For Want of a Knob...”


  • avatar
    bkojote

    I would absolutely disqualify this vehicle for the center stack. Not only are capacitive touch buttons a terrible interface choice for a vehicle you operate in motion, it’s awful to use in the winter. Additionally, the gloss black is going to look like a garbage dump 2 weeks after it rolls off the dealer lot.

    • 0 avatar
      Chris Tonn

      ..especially as I’m just now noticing the reflection of my miserable face in that photo, I’m right there with you in hating the piano black trim.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      Exactly. And the button “shifter”. This SUV was such a nice small wagon. I liked it. I wish it had a MT. But now…. nooooooooo

    • 0 avatar
      Steve Biro

      I think Chris’s problem with the infotrainment controls would be solved by opting for a lower trim. I know that’s the way I would go. Here’s an except of Car and Driver’s test of the Tucson hybrid:

      “Although the interior looks nice, the center stack’s expanse of currently trendy touch-sensitive controls is an ergonomic flop. Plus and minus touchpoints for audio volume and tuning are never the right answer, and touch controls for temperature and fan speed aren’t much better. Some of this can be avoided by bypassing the Limited in favor of the SEL Convenience or the Blue trim level, both of which at least have some physical controls: thumbwheels for volume and audio tuning and flipper switches to adjust cabin temperature.”

    • 0 avatar
      Craig Mitchell

      As an owner of a 2022 Tucson for 7 months now, I have had no issues getting used to either the convenient volume control/mute button on the left side of the steering wheel ( don’t have to take my eyes off the road to adjust ) or the gloss black centre stack. As most vehicles now have some type of glass interface on the centre stack, I keep a microfibre cloth handy to keep clean.

    • 0 avatar
      TDIGuy

      Well let me add another niggle from my wife’s Santa Fe, which I assume would carry across to other Hyundais. Once you are in motion, many of the touch features stop working. Particularly the NAV input. Voice only once you are rolling and I have never once in all my attempts at speaking clearly got it to understand me.
      I know it’s supposed to be for safety, but my VW just gives you a warning not to try and change the GPS while the car is in motion and then lets the passenger carry on with punching in the destination.

  • avatar
    Fred

    The whole dash and the steering wheel just look odd to me. Too many disjointed elements. Maybe it looks better in person and even without knobs, maybe it works in which case maybe I can get use to it.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      In person I found the interior was actually inviting, everything falls right at hand very well. The Tuscon is better with the two tone interior color while the Santa Cruz twin has all the same pieces, but only in all black which gives a more cave like experience. Overseas these come with more interior colors like a rich brown.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    The whole “haptic touch button” thing is a concept that’s a lot cooler on paper than it is in real life.

    Otherwise, looks like yet another well-executed vehicle by Hyundai.

    • 0 avatar
      theflyersfan

      @FreedMike – I finally had the chance to sit in the new GTI and let me tell you, their haptic controls and sliders verges on dangerous. Way too much time is going to be spent going through menu after menu. Yes, some can be controlled by the steering wheel controls, but given they are haptic (and rather flimsy feeling), it’s anyone’s guess how long they will work.

      If automakers want to give us a dash from the future, fine. But make it user friendly. These aren’t our phones. We aren’t sitting still staring at a screen while driving like we can on our couch at home. It takes way too much time to focus at different menus and that might explain why emergency braking is standard.

      And it’s about to get serious between me and VW. The latest glitch is the sporadic failure of my blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic sensors, even when the car is clean and free of grime. And it appears that they want to shirk the liability that can come with safety systems (and wipers) failing. I replied to their offer with a counter offer. All I want is for them to be fair, and to honestly answer the question I’ve posed to everyone on this little journey: Knowing what you know about the car by reading the service records, seeing the videos of the failures, and the safety risks this all poses, would you put you, your friends, and your family in this car at night while it’s raining? We all know the answer…

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        @flyersfan:

        I’m with you – I wouldn’t accept a car with those kinds of safety issues. I’m at 8500 miles on my GLI and aside from a minor dash rattle, the (very) intermittent infotainment self-reset, and having to top off the coolant (lucky for me I had a whole jug of the violet stuff left over my old A3), I haven’t had any issues.

        What did they offer you?

        • 0 avatar
          theflyersfan

          @FreedMike – that’s around the same mileage when a rather obnoxious rattle developed somewhere inside the passenger side door.

          When I bought the car in December 2020, I took out a very small loan to take advantage of a discount on the car and to help the credit rating reach the magical 800. They offered to pay the balance of the loan – a couple of thousand of dollars. The regional VW rep, along with VW Customer Care was telling me that in this situation, they normally buy back the car at a fair market value (in this case, around $28,000) and they have the option of issuing a check and I walk away, or apply it towards another VW. It could have been exchanged as well. There is nothing being addressed about the safety issues of the car. Nothing about the 14 ITEMS in the CarFax history that deal with all of these repairs. No dealer will touch this as a trade in and if I sell it myself, I could open myself up to major liability if this breaks on the next owner. I typed up a response to VW this morning explaining the entire situation and how I did not break this car. The car was defective. I should not be penalized by purchasing a defective car, nor taken to the cleaners by the hyper-inflated prices out there. I basically said stand by your car and make this right.
          Everything is being reviewed by people on my side and they said start with this counterproposal. They haven’t said to go the lawyer route (yet), but keep that on the back burner. They even recommended getting the local media/news “Troubleshooters” involved. Given how VW’s image took a major hit with the whole diesel emissions issue, and their reputation for iffy quality, if this is the hill they choose to stand their ground on, then I need to know my options as well.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            If I remember correctly, your car is a S with the manual, so MSRP on it should have been right around $28,000 (and I’m sure the sales price was less).

            Given this, they’re offering you a check for $28,000 to walk away? It’s not my decision, of course, but if it was, I think I’d take the money and run, and the car’s VW’s problem from there.

            Again, that’s based on my understanding, and if I have any of it wrong, I stand corrected, but that’s my advice, anyway.

            I’ll be interested to see how this works out for you.

          • 0 avatar
            theflyersfan

            @FreedMike – can’t reply directly to your follow-up.

            Mine is a 2020 S model with the DSG, Pure Gray paint (which I still get compliments on), and some mandatory dealer addons like the electrochromatic rear view mirror, the CarGo trunk organizer, and a lifesaver – the all weather mats. Given the standard mats feel like loose felt on cardboard, I’m glad these were included.

            I am seeing numbers like yours – $28,000 to $30,000 for a DSG equipped, low mileage and excellent condition (with the body/wheels) The moral compass in me has a serious problem with allowing this car to end up in someone else’s hands without the car being torn down and repaired first.

            I really wanted the manual transmission. That surge of torque in midrange with a stick has to be a riot.

            I have 14 more days to accept or reject their offer. I’m holding out a couple of days and see if they respond to my counteroffer.

            Mike – I REALLY hope your GLI stays trouble free. I’ve written before that in my family, we’ve had an A3 (pure lemon – needed a new engine and transmission), and then problem free Q5s and an A6, along with a new Tiguan. So I know they can make a decent car. I just want them to stand by it.

            Sorry for the TL;DR here. But once I get going on this topic, especially with other VW owners, the words keep flowing.

            And with Corey being roughly 100 miles away, I propose 1 bottle of good Kentucky bourbon, two stools, and a few hours of tales of woe about VW ownership.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            @flyersfan:

            Hear what you’re saying, and you’re a nice guy for wanting the next owner to be safe, but I’d argue that’s on the dealer, not you. You’ve disclosed the issues to the party buying the car (the dealer), and if they choose not to disclose them to the next buyer, that makes the dealer, not you, the a**hole.

            And if the buyer decides to pull the trigger on a car with multiple “wipers failed” repairs noted on Carfax…well, they say “buyer beware” for a reason, you know?

            Again, if it were me, I’d just take the check and walk away, but it’s your call, of course.

            (Love that gray color too, by the way…I had a deal working at a different dealer on one in that color and mine, which is silver. Got a far better deal on mine.)

        • 0 avatar
          theflyersfan

          @FreedMike – not sure if you’ll see this given the age of the thread, but there was an additional development.

          Late this afternoon, I got a reply to my options for a counteroffer and they came up with one. They will do the buyback, but with one hitch. Because they are following Kentucky Lemon Law rules, which are some of the worst (if not the worst) in the nation, I’m on the fence. Basically the equation is this. They will pay the bank who has my small auto loan so the balance is zero. They will then reimburse me the down payment which was a trade and cash, and then Kentucky requires a mileage deduction depending on the age of the car. Since I didn’t rack up miles, it’s just over $1,000. I would get a check for just over $18,000.

          Now we both know that there are options. CarMax claims they will give me $28,000…but there’s no word about how they will handle the service history. I keep reading that is an estimate based on a lot of factors.

          So, to keep this from becoming a Stephen King novel in length…
          I could take the $4,000, own the car with the title and either try the national car sales lot like CarMax. I could hang on and cross my fingers that things return to reality by this summer. But that’s a lot of risk given the issues with the car. Or I could do the buyback and pick out (and overpay) for a Mazda or Subaru they sell at the same lot. Given my history there, I hope they don’t gouge me too much because they do have an MX-5 PHT GT and some nice Mazda3s that just arrived. But that means a lot of extra out of pocket.

          But I agree with you – take the check and start over and minimize the butt ache when it comes to talk prices. I have a few people looking everything over right now and I’m curious what they come back with.

          Hopefully this saga comes to end soon…I’m sure others here are burned out of the VW saga!

          To the editors here, do you need a tale of woe for a future article? Have I got a story for you!!!

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    I’m Canadian and I agree with your opinion of Nickelback. And also agree with your opinion regarding the use of knobs/dials. As Clarkson has stated these electronic scrolling/interfaces appear to have been designed by people who do not drive.

    They are almost impossible to see when the sun is behind the vehicle.
    They require the driver to take their eyes of the road and therefore are dangerous.
    They are not tactile and therefore are dangerous.
    And they are also nearly impossible to operate when you are wearing gloves.
    And I have had early versions of these types of ‘screens’/interfaces ‘freeze’ in extreme temperatures.

    A pox on them!

    • 0 avatar
      theflyersfan

      @Chris Tonn and @Arthur Dailey: There isn’t much more that can be said about yet another shapeless blob trying to cover up the fact that it’s a jacked up hatchback, but “hatchback” is sales poison, so here we go.

      I’ll see your Nickelback and raise you one Bryan Adams singing that gawd awful song from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves on endless replay. And then a re-raise of Celine Dion screeching My Heart Will Go On from Titanic until the sun goes nova or the speakers give out. Oh Canada, I thought we were friends??? Why do you torture us so?

      You’re welcome.

      And I just can’t get used to that odd looking steering wheel.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Celene Dion is trending on TikTok because people are people doing takeoffs on the “baby baby baby” part of “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now.” Most involve hair dryers and brooms. Totally recommended.

        youtube.com/watch?v=5L7Wo01omCI

  • avatar
    Syke

    I’m so used to steering wheel controls anymore that the lack of a volume knob on the dash isn’t a fatal sin to me. Yeah, annoying, but not fatal.

    What’s fatal to me is $37,000. OK, I haven’t been car shopping since last January, but the last time I looked $37,000 would almost get you a bottom line Tesla Model 3. Which I’d much rather have. (Yes, I’m probably out of date by about $6,000.00.)

    Like you, I’d rather have the hybrid. Hopefully, it’s of the plug-in variety.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I love the look of this car; one reviewer described its “jewel-like” angular exterior form. But like you, I’m not interested in a 23-mpg CUV, so I’d look at the hybrid.

    As for the controls, the SEL trim (not the top Limited trim you had) has a small scroll wheel for the volume and tune controls, along with actual rotary knobs for the HVAC.

    The new Santa Cruz has a similar dichotomy in its controls, with the lower trims being more appealing.

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    I own a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe XL w/the 3.3-cranks out 290ish horsepower and really moves along. It’s a couple of hundred miles shy of 50,000 miles and has been proven to be fun (that motor is a sleeper) and low cost to own. Yea-the center stack in the Tucson isn’t great-but I don’t know how much of a REAL CONCERN that is to potential buyers. My biggest issue is that due to garage (vehicle width of 72″) concerns I don’t know what is going to be as reliable and have the same horse power as my wife’s Santa Fe XL and the same width requirements when it comes to a replacement vehicle.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    In the back it is almost like a Mustang lost a tooth

  • avatar
    kcflyer

    not impressed with the non hybrid mpg. I’ve done better with rented late model F-150 crew cab with the 5 liter V8

  • avatar
    deanst

    I must have a mild form of Coulrophobia because the picture of the gauges and steering wheel terrifies/nauseates me.

  • avatar
    JMII

    You’ll quickly learn to use the steering buttons instead of the knob. I had a rental Sonata last week on a business trip – a 2019 model with 16k in mileage and the piano black looked fine. If it holds up in abused rental I assume in a personal vehicle it will be just fine as long as you keep a microfiber cloth handy. I’m getting a Santa Cruz with the same interior so I’ll be testing my own theory soon.

  • avatar
    JMII

    Since the reviewer was too focused on the volume knob he forgot to mention one of this vehicles best features: the blind spot cameras that appear in the digital dash when you put the turn signals on.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      That sounds like a really nice touch.

    • 0 avatar
      kcflyer

      had that on my 17 civic for the passenger side only. Liked it a lot. I’m pretty sure honda dropped that feature later. I still say properly adjusted side view mirrors are the best at eliminating blind spots short of turning your head but this seems like a no brainer if the cameras are already there along with the obligatory ipad stuck in the dash.

      • 0 avatar
        JMII

        Honda did it first but as mentioned passenger side only and the display was in the center stack. Then they dropped the feature. Hyundai does it for both sides and puts the display in the gauge cluster directly in front of you. Given the poor greenhouse of modern vehicles even perfectly adjusted mirrors leave blind spots. This mirror camera solution just seems like the obvious solution and similar to reverse / parking cameras I assume in the near future all vehicles will have blind spot cameras. Many concept cars have showcased the lack of side mirrors for aero and style reasons. Cameras have become cheap and tiny plus the car is already filled with screens so why not just eliminate the mirrors.

  • avatar
    MitchConner

    That thing is absolutely hideous inside and out.

  • avatar
    aja8888

    My son-in-law has a 2022 like this except 2 wheel drive and that dark blue exterior color with black interior. They love the car. it gets 26 MPG all around and is a couple of inches longer than the previous model Tuscon, thereby allowing more legroom in the rear seating area.

    Its a shame these reviews don’t get into more performance oriented stuff and less radio knob things.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    The capacitive touch stuff would drive me bonkers too, and there’s an easy way around it – get the SEL version instead, which appears to be mechanically identical (and a lot cheaper), which appears to have more conventional radio and HVAC controls.

  • avatar

    I looked at photo and now I am trying to unsee this piece of machinery to avoid having nightmares tonight. But this thing will be very popular in Russia where it truly belongs.

  • avatar
    ttacgreg

    Personally I think tactile knobs and button controls are a safety feature. Touch screens and controls distract the mind and the eyes.
    Going slightly off topic I don’t understand why automotive journalists dis on Mazda’s on console control knob and button control of the touch screen. It might just be the concept. It seems counterintuitive that the extra steps of spinning a dial to frame or highlight the icon, and selecting it with a remote button are inferior to looking and pointing. But that said, after having lived with one now for nearly a year, I find it highly preferable to the touch screen in my Toyota. The knob/ buttons are right there at hand with one’s arm at rest. It’s much quicker to spin the dial and place the cursor on the icon that you activate with the press of the button. With the Toyota touchscreen I have to take my eyes off of the road identify the icon and aim for it with my finger and raised arm. Bouncy roads complicate this procedure. IMHO Mazda’s known attention to the driver / machine interface details, and thoroughly thinking such things through shows itself here. The Toyota requires notably more eyes away from the road time than the Mazda. Guess I should mention the screen doesn’t get all fingerprint smudgy either.

    • 0 avatar
      make_light

      I previously had a Subaru with a touchscreen, and now drive a used A4 with a dial similar to Mazda. I would take the rotary dial ANY day. It feels safe, easy to control, and user-friendly after about 2 days. I’m 33 years old and still find a touchscreen miserable, even unsafe, to operate on the highway; I can’t imagine how a less-dextrous 70 year old might feel. I also never understood why the auto publications dis it for Mazdas, it should be considered a major selling point.

    • 0 avatar
      Ah_non_e_mouse

      Absolutely agree with the Mazda system being far superior to a touchscreen while driving. I love my iPhone but not when driving which is a task that requires my full attention on the road.

      After a week or two I could do everything by touch, I didn’t even have to look at the screen, just count by feel the number of clicks then press the button. Or use the hard buttons around the dial which are also arranged with the raised home button to allow your fingers to know which button you are on solely by feel.

      • 0 avatar
        tankinbeans

        Having driven Mazdas since 2016 and having used both generations of the turny button thing, I’ll say generation two is better. With that said, I liked both. There are noticeable detents in the turny button things. If you are driving and know where you want to get in the menu you can hit home, count the detents and go.

        I think the first generation allowed you to cycle through favorites with the seek button, but I haven’t noticed that the combination volume/seek/rewind turny button thing does the same thing. I’m usually listening to Pandora, using Android Auto, on shuffle for entertainment, so I don’t tend to interact much with Mazda Connect.

  • avatar
    Bill Henderson

    Does the driving position have a “Wallace & Gromit” look to it?

  • avatar
    Starboy

    I also have a 2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited PHEV and am completely happy with no knobs and the push button drive button. Its clean and impressive and really easy to use. Have just a little over 1000 miles on it and wanted one for my wife but had to settle for the Sel model as the Limited models are too hard to find.Picking it up in two weeks.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    IMO the interior has taken a step down in both appearance and quality on this new version. The weird looking steering wheel, ultra cheap cloth seat material that feels like recycled sand paper, the done to death cheap piano black shiny drive you crazy finger print black garbage, the capacitive touch controls and the “why do this do this” push button shifter.

    Another negative appears to be the 2.5 NA engine which seems to have taken a step backwards in fuel economy in the AWD models, especially the Sante FE and sister Kia Sorrento where this combo is rated for a V6 like 25 highway. Here it rates 29 which is still lower than most everything else in the class despite being a newer engine design and having an 8 speed transmission. Not even going to mention the carnival IT clown grille. Hyundais have been on a roll lately with decent vehicles, great value and reasonably good styling. This one and the current Sonata are missteps in several ways.

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