Previewed by the Vision T concept at the 2019 LA auto show, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson sports a daring new design that seems destined to shake up the compact-SUV marketplace. Although the concept was shown as a plug-in hybrid, the 2022 Tucson will also be offered with a more conventional four-cylinder gasoline engine, perhaps the same one found under the hood of the Sonata family sedan. A hybrid powertrain will also be offered, and Hyundai will offer a plug-in model. More interestingly, the Tucson N-Line trim will offer a sportier alternative with more power. When it hits the market, this Tucson will find itself going head-to-head with several strong rivals such as the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and the Volkswagen Tiguan. We expect it to roll onto dealer lots by the end of 2021 with a starting price around $25,000.
What’s New for 2022?
The Tucson is redesigned from stem to stern for 2022, incorporating the company’s new design language for a bold look.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- SE: $25,000 (est.)
- SEL: $27,000 (est.)
- Limited: $30,000 (est.)
- Ultimate: $33,000 (est.)
- N-Line: $34,000 (est.)
Until we know the feature breakdown of Hyundai’s trim levels, it’s hard to pick the one that will provide the best value. In the past, we’ve suggested the SEL as it offered the best balance between features and price. Hyundai will offer a sporty N-Line model for the first time, perhaps with a turbocharged four-cylinder making 290 horsepower.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
A 2.5-liter four-cylinder will be standard and should come with an eight-speed automatic and either front or all-wheel drive. A turbocharged 1.6-liter four will power hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, which Hyundai says is good for a combined 230-hp; there’s been no word yet on battery capacity or driving range. The company has confirmed an even hotter Tucson N-Line model, which could get the 290-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter from the upcoming Sonata N-Line. We’ll know more about the 2022 Tucson’s engine options closer to the crossover’s on-sale date.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn’t released fuel-economy estimates for the 2022 Tucson, but we anticipate slight improvements over the current model’s ratings of 23 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined in its most efficient format. When we get a chance to test the new Tucson for ourselves, we’ll see how well it does on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen and helps us evaluate real-world mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The new Tucson sports a simplistic but modern dashboard design with a digital gauge display, a push-button shifter, and touch-sensitive control panel for the climate-control system and infotainment. Hyundai’s flagship Palisade SUV and the brand’s recently redesigned Sonata and Elantra sedans have served as a sort of watershed moment for the company’s interior designs, and the new Tucson looks to continue the trend with a thoughtfully arranged interior filled with quality materials and luxury features. Hyundai hasn’t released images of the 2022 Tucson’s rear seat or cargo area, but based on spy photos, we can see that it’s roughly the same size and shape as the current model, so we expect passenger and cargo space to be similar.
Infotainment and Connectivity
A standard 8.0-inch touchscreen is integrated into the dashboard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; a larger 10.3-inch screen with built-in navigation will be optional. Features such as SiriusXM satellite radio and a Wi-Fi hotspot will likely be offered as well. An upgraded Bose stereo system will be an optional feature. Other high-tech offerings include Hyundai’s digital key smartphone app, which provides lock and unlock features as well as an option for remote start. More information about the new Tucson’s infotainment and connectivity features will be available closer to its launch.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have released crash-test results for the 2022 Tucson. A host of driver-assistance features will be available, many of which should come standard. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with lane-centering assist
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
In the compact-SUV market, only one rival offers as much warranty coverage as the Tucson, and that’s its corporate twin, the Kia Sportage. The Hyundai still holds an advantage over the Kia in this area, though, thanks to its generous complimentary scheduled maintenance program.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles